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My Tooth Gets Dark

My Tooth Gets Dark

Tooth Changing color


My Tooth Gets Dark. How Can I Get My Smile Back?

It is common for teeth to change color before or after a root canal treatment. Usually, after the trauma pigment deposited from the nerve within the tooth can cause the tooth to turn gray or brown. The process of calcification inside the tooth can cause it to turn yellow. The treatment depends on the type and the intensity of the color change.

Internal Dental Bleaching



The dentist can correct the color by performing dental bleaching on the damaged tooth.
The technique involves your Dentist or Specialist Endodontist placing a small amount of extremely strong dental bleaching solution inside the tooth where the nerve was. The dentist will place it through the small hole in your tooth which was used for the root canal. Then, the dentist will cover the hole with a temporary composite filling to seal in the dental bleaching solution for 3-4 days.
You will see that the tooth starts to lighten almost immediately. Your dentist will need to replace the dental bleaching solution 2/3 times to regain normal color of the tooth. Then, a permanent filling will be placed.
A procedure of internal dental bleaching is very stable and it works best for teeth that have changed color brown or gray. But, it is difficult to attain a shade which will match with your other teeth.

Ceramic Veneers and Crowns

The dentist can offer to use a crown or veneer to cover the tooth which changed the color.


A ceramic veneer is a good option for the tooth slightly to moderately dark. Ceramic veneer is a thin ceramic shell which will be bonded to the tooth to change its shape and color. If the tooth is extremely dark the crown will be advised as a treatment option, as the color of the dark tooth can be visible through the thin ceramic veneer. 

Before and After Zirconia Crowns

Before and After Zirconia Crowns


 Darkness from the root can be visible slightly through the gum tissue. In this case, the internal tooth bleaching with or without a restoration will be a treatment option.                                                                 


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TMJ Syndrome

TMJ Syndrome


 TMJ syndrome

TMJ syndrome


The jaw and your skull are connected by temporomandibular joint (TMJ). When your temporomandibular joint is damaged or injured or you have problems with your face or jaws muscles, it can cause a localized pain disorder called  TMJ syndrome.



Causes of TMJ syndrome include:


-Misalignment (malocclusion) or trauma to the teeth or jaw

-Teeth grinding (bruxism)

-Poor posture

-Stress or anxiety

-Arthritis and other inflammatory musculoskeletal disorders

-Orthodontic braces

-Excessive gum chewing


TMJ signs and symptoms include:

-Pain in the face, jaw or ear area

-Headaches (often mimicking migraines), pain and pressure behind

the eyes

-Pain that feels like a toothache

-Ear pain or sounds of cracking in the ears

-Noise in the ears (tinnitus) or a sense of blocked ears

-Blurred vision

-Tight, stiff, or sore jaw or neck muscles

-Pain at the base of the tongue

-Pain, swelling, or a lump in the temple area

-Difficulty chewing

-Shoulder pain

– Locking of the jaw joint or jaw that goes out of place

-Swelling of the face

TMJ leads to the teeth/jaw injury and incorrect position, teeth grinding, stress, arthritis, and gum chewing.


If you were diagnosed TMJ, Modern Dental Care Mauritius suggests the treatments listed below which work best in combination. You may get feel better if use all of them.

Soft food diet:


  • Cut food into very small pieces so that it is easier to chew.
  • You will be recommended to eat soft food that doesn’t require a lot of chewing, your jaw gets a chance to rest and heal:
  • Yogurt
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Cottage cheese
  • Soup
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Fruit smoothies
  • Cooked vegetables or fruits
  • Fish
  • Grains
  • Beans

Some people feel better after about two or three weeks on this diet. Other people need to be on this diet for a longer time.


Medical treatment for TMJ syndrome can include dental splints, physical therapy, injections of Botox, prescription medications and in severe cases surgery.


Prescription medications:


  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to relieve muscle pain and swelling.
  • Muscle relaxants help loosen tight jaw muscles.
  • Antianxiety medicines help relieve the stress.
  • Antidepressants can be used in low doses to reduce or control pain.
  • Night Guards

Night Guards are designed to keep your teeth slightly separated and prevent them from clenching, which can provoke an exacerbation of the symptoms of TMJ.




In case of severe condition, you may be advise to use a splint to hold your jaw in place so that the joint can heal. Splints are worn all day round and take pressure off the jaw joints and muscles so they can relax and heal.


Physical therapy


Physical therapy can reduce damage and relieve the discomfort caused by TMJ.

The following 8 exercises will train your jaw muscles to move correctly without causing pain and help you to strengthen them. Do these exercises for 5 minutes twice a day while you are sitting down and relaxed. Make sure that you repeat them on the both sides of your jaws. Keep in mind: every case of TMJ is unique, so these complex might work for some people, but not others.


  • EXERCISE #1  Side move

With your mouth widely open (avoid any pain), move your jaw on the right side. Keep this position for 10 seconds and return to the middle. Repeat with moving on the left side.


Exercise 1

Side move


  • EXERCISE #2  Joint massage

Trace the joint of your jaw and massage the muscles slowly moving downward.


Joint massage

Joint massage


  • EXERCISE #3  Resist opening of the mouth

With your tongue on the roof of your mouth, place one finger in front of your ear where your TMJ is located and your thumb under beneath the middle of your chin. While applying gentle pressure from the bottom open your mouth slowly. Stay with your mouth open for 4-7 seconds. Repeat 3-5 times.


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Resist opening of the mouth


  • EXERCISE #4  Partial opening

Open your mouth as wide as you can (avoid feeling any pain). Close mouth. Open your mouth 2 more times, but only half as wide.


exercise 4 gif



  • EXERCISE #5 Side-to-side jaw movement

Place pencil that is about 1 cm thick between your teeth. Gently move your jaw from one side to another. Repeat this few times. Once you feel it is easy, use a thicker pencil (marker or etc).


Side to side move

Side to side move


  • EXERCISE #6  Forward jaw movement

With the same 1cm pencil used in the previous exercise, move your lower teeth forward until they are in front of your upper teeth. Repeat this movement few times. Once it feels easy replace with a thicker pencil/marker.


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Forward jaw movement


  • EXERCISE #7  Move the tongue

Open your mouth as wide you can (avoid any pain) and rise the tip of your tongue to the roof of the your mouth. Gently applying pressure, move the tip of your tongue towards your tonsils and keep it there for 4-6 seconds. Then stick your tongue outside of your mouth as far as you can and hold for another 4-6 seconds. Repeat 7-10 times.


Tongue back and forward movement

Tongue back and forward movement



  • EXERCISE #9  “Double chin”

With your shoulders back and chest up, pull your chin straight back, creating a “double chin”.  Keep this position for 3-5 seconds and repeat 7-10 times.

 Chin tucks

Chin tucks


  • EXERCISE # 9  Resist closing the mouth

Open your mouth as wide you can (avoid any pain) gently applying pressure under your chin and resisting closing the mouth. Repeat 7-10 times.

 Resisting opening of the mouth

Resisting opening of the mouth


Everyone’s teeth are unique and every case of TMJ is different. Work together with your dentist to find the best treatment that works personally for you. 


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Dr. Ravivarman Chelliah

Dr. Ravivarman Chelliah


Dr. C. Ravivarman Chelliah

Dr. C. Ravivarman Chelliah


Specialist Prosthodontist & Implantologist


MDS: Prosthodontics & Implantologist

April – 2014

Rajah Muthiah Dental College & Hospital

Annamalai University,

Chidambaram, India.

BDS: January, 2007

Rajah Muthaiah Dental College and Hospital,

Annamalai University,

Chidambaram, India.

 May 1st, 2014 to till Decembre 31st 2017 :

Clinical Head and consultant at PS Dental centers – a chain of dental clinics, ECR branch from as a clinic head of ECR branch I have brought a lot of developments and revenue to the clinic in an ethical way of practice. During my tenure as a Prosthodontist Consultant, I have treated a lot of VIPs and celebrities. 

November – 2007 to March – 2011:

Resident Doctor at Apollo Dental centers for three and half years from  I have worked in almost all of the branches of Apollo in Chennai under various experienced consultants and specialties.

I am well-versed in treating patients who are partially edentulous with removable prostheses such as cast partial dentures and acrylic RPDs and fixed prosthesis such as Crowns, Bridges and implant supported fixed prosthesis. For completely edentulous patients, I am experienced in providing complete dentures and implant retained over dentures.

During my tenure as a Post Graduate, I constantly involved in seminars and journal clubs regularly held in the department. It helped me develop my presentation skill which was the reason for the Prizes and Award I won in the National and International Conferences.

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