Internal Teeth Bleaching
You hear the term “internal bleaching,” and you may think of teeth whitening; however, these are two separate procedures. Internal bleaching involves the interior portion of the tooth after the nerve or infection has been removed from the tooth pulp with a root canal.
Empire Dental Speciality Group performs a comprehensive evaluation to determine why the teeth have become discolored and whether internal bleaching is an option.
Why Do Teeth Become Discolored?
Root canal treatment is one of the most common reasons teeth become discolored. This procedure removes the interior portion of the tooth, called the pulp. Trauma is the second most common reason, damaging blood vessels and nerves essential to maintaining a healthy tooth.
Topical whiteners and over the counter products can reduce discoloration, but depending on the severity, internal teeth bleaching is the best way to address significant discoloration. The bleaching solution can reach the tooth’s interior layers to remove stains from the inside out, which can improve your confidence.
Internal Bleaching Procedure
At Empire Dental Speciality Group, we’ll take an x-ray to determine the cause and degree of discoloration. When the tooth is damaged or diseased, root canal treatment will be completed, and a whitening paste will be applied.
Teeth previously treated by a root canal can also receive internal bleaching. This can be done when the endodontist creates a small opening in the back of the tooth, giving them access to apply the paste. They will remove the stain and fill the hole after completing the treatment.
Once the whitening paste is inside your tooth, it will be monitored as the color improves. When it has reached the desired shade, the paste will be removed. It can take several days to see a noticeable difference, but after seeing improvement, the tooth will be sealed to ensure you have lasting results.
Improve Your Smile With Internal Teeth Bleaching
We want to help you improve your confidence. If you have a severely discolored tooth, Contact Empire Dental Speciality Group today to schedule your consultation! We have offices in Beavercreek and West Chester.