This patient had fallen off her bike when she was younger. Her upper front tooth was fractured and required a root canal. Within a few years after the accident, the tooth began to badly discolor. And now that her braces were off, she wanted a pretty smile.


The damaged tooth obviously needed a crown, but the cause of the discoloration was a surprise. We discovered that a previous dentist had left cotton inside the tooth, and discoloration had occurred from bacteria and staining that accumulated inside. Once the decay was cleaned out and the tooth was restored, it had a very natural appearance.