Learn About Internal Teeth Bleaching
A bright, white smile is often seen as a sign of confidence, happiness, and health. However, teeth can become discolored internally even with the best oral hygiene routine. When this happens, your dentist may recommend internal bleaching to restore your tooth’s natural luster. Since this requires more than a topical solution, an endodontist like Dr. Goel is the type of provider who offers this service.
What is Internal Teeth Bleaching?
Internal bleaching is the process of whitening a tooth from the inside out. Traditional tooth whitening is distinctly different because it uses a bleaching solution on the outside surfaces of the teeth. This endodontic procedure addresses discoloration that begins within the tooth and spreads outward.
Reasons You May Need an Internal Bleaching
There are many reasons why a tooth might lose its luster. Trauma or injury is one example. Getting hit in the mouth can lead to internal bleeding that causes visible discoloration on the outside of the tooth. Sometimes, after a root canal, your tooth may slowly become discolored, making internal teeht bleaching a beneficial procedure to improve its color.
When a tooth is decayed or infected, it can sometimes affect the tooth’s internal structure. These conditions may lead to a darker appearance. Finally, some medications, like tetracycline, cause internal staining.
How Does Internal Teeth Bleaching Work?
At your appointment, your endodontist will create a small hole in the back of your tooth. Any debris gets removed before bleach crystals are placed inside the tooth. The opening gets sealed with a temporary filling material, and the bleaching solution gets to work.
This procedure can take as little as 30 minutes to create results, but sometimes, the solution will remain inside your tooth for up to two weeks. At that time, your endodontist reevaluates your tooth. They may recommend repeating the process if a brighter shade has yet to be reached.
Worried About Your Discolored Teeth?
Contact Empire Dental Specialty Group to schedule an internal teeth bleaching consultation. We’ll discuss the causes of tooth discoloration and create a unique treatment plan to address your issues. Call us today or schedule an endodontic consultation today at our Beavercreek or West Chester office.