How to Whiten Teeth That Have Been Discolored by a Root Canal

If you have had a root canal on one of your front teeth, you may be concerned about the graying that can sometimes occur. In some cases, changing the temporary filling in the back with a permanent white filling is enough to eliminate this graying. However, if not, internal bleaching can be a great option to restore the luster to your teeth.

Internal bleaching is a procedure that uses peroxide to whiten teeth from the inside out. This is in contrast to traditional tooth whitening, which uses peroxide to whiten teeth from the outside in. Internal bleaching is typically used for teeth that have been discolored due to a root canal, trauma, or decay.

The procedure is relatively simple. The dentist will make a small hole in the back of the tooth and then place a bleaching agent inside. The bleaching agent will then diffuse through the tooth and break down the molecules that cause discoloration. The bleaching process can take several weeks, but the results can be dramatic.

It is important to note that internal bleaching is not a cure-all. It will not whiten teeth that are naturally dark or that have been discolored by heavy smoking or staining. However, it can be a very effective way to improve the appearance of teeth that have been discolored due to a root canal or other trauma.

Here are some of the risks and benefits of internal bleaching:

  • Risks:
    • Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
    • Temporary tooth discoloration
    • Gum irritation
    • Root canal failure
  • Benefits:
    • Safe and effective procedure
    • Can whiten teeth that have been discolored by a root canal
    • Can improve the appearance of the smile

If you are considering internal bleaching, it is important to talk to your dentist. They can assess your teeth and determine if this is the right procedure for you. They can also answer any questions you have about the procedure and its risks and benefits.

Here are some additional things to know about internal tooth bleaching:

  • Internal bleaching is typically done after a root canal has been completed.
  • The dentist will take a dental x-ray to determine the extent of the discoloration and its cause.
  • A dental dam will be used to isolate the tooth from further contamination during the bleaching procedure.
  • If the tooth has not had a root canal, the dentist will remove the pulp and then place a whitening paste inside the tooth.
  • If the tooth has had a root canal, a small hole will be made in the back of the tooth to gain access to the inside.
  • Then a bleaching agent will be added inside the tooth and the hole will be carefully filled.
  • The bleaching process can take several weeks, but the results can be dramatic.
  • It is important to follow your dentist’s instructions after the procedure to ensure the best results.

How long does internal tooth bleaching take?

The bleaching process may take several weeks to complete. The results may not be permanent and may need to be repeated over time.

What are the risks of internal tooth bleaching?

The risks of internal tooth bleaching are relatively minor. However, there is a small risk of side effects, such as:

  • Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Gum irritation
  • Temporary tooth discoloration

Is internal tooth bleaching safe for everyone?

Internal tooth bleaching is generally safe for most people. However, it is not recommended for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or who have certain medical conditions.

What are the alternatives to internal tooth bleaching?

There are a number of alternatives to internal tooth bleaching, such as:

  • Over-the-counter tooth whitening products
  • Professional tooth whitening
  • Crowns or veneers

Which alternative is right for me?

The best alternative for you will depend on the severity of your tooth discoloration and your individual needs. Talk to your dentist to discuss the best option for you.

Here are some tips for maintaining your white smile after internal tooth bleaching:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss your teeth once a day.
  • See your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings.
  • Avoid smoking and chewing tobacco.
  • Limit your intake of sugary foods and drinks.

Where can I get internal tooth bleaching done?

Internal tooth bleaching can be performed by a dentist or an endodontist. If you are considering this treatment, be sure to talk to your dentist about the best option for you.

Sbenati Dentistry offers internal tooth bleaching services.

Our team of experienced dentists can help you determine if internal tooth bleaching is right for you. We use the latest techniques and technology to ensure that your teeth are whitened safely and effectively. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you in acheiveing your dream smile. https://calendly.com/sbenatidentistry/interview

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