Internal whitening, also known as internal bleaching, is a procedure that can brighten discolored teeth from the inside after devitalization of pulp or root canal treatment. San Ramon Teeth whitening specialists provide the most effective remedy to brighten a mortified tooth and restore its natural color.
What is involved in the Internal Whitening procedure?
Specialists recommend internal whitening for the discolored tooth. However, not all teeth can benefit from this procedure.
You’ll need to book an appointment with your dentist, who will inspect the tooth. Your doctor will recommend other forms of treatment for the damaged or weak tooth, such as crowning. Your dentist will also conduct an X-ray to find out if the tooth has been devitalized.
The doctor will not apply anesthesia since it is a painless process. The tooth is cleaned and a surgical drape is placed on the edges to protect your gums. Then, the doctor creates a tiny hole to access the pulp. Your specialist checks whether the filling material is intact and then deposits the hydrogen peroxide agent on the teeth. The doctor seals the temporary opening and books you for an appointment after two weeks.
During the two weeks, the dentin gradually absorbs the hydrogen peroxide, and the tooth whitens. Your doctor may conduct two more treatments until the tooth returns to its normal color. Upon completion, your dentist will close the opening with a permanent filling.
Why is hydrogen peroxide used in internal whitening treatment?
Hydrogen peroxide is a bleaching agent that reacts with the compound that causes discoloration. It dissolves the color and returns the tooth to its natural color.
What is a devitalized tooth, and what are the signs that you need treatment?
A devitalized tooth will change color and darken. Tooth decay can lead to an infection in the dental pulp and when not treated, it can turn into an abscess. Your dentist devitalizes the tooth through a root canal treatment, drains the pulp, and removes the nerve. The tooth is dead and can change color to gray. You’ll then notice a difference between the dying tooth and the living teeth. Internal whitening solves this condition.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure is quick and will take less than 30 minutes to complete. However, the time taken at the clinic will prolong if you consider the other appointments. For instance, consultation and the two weeks break between consecutive sessions. Also, your doctor may recommend another two sessions depending on how fast the tooth returns to its original color.
What are the side effects and complications?
The procedure is painless, and there are no side effects. However, you may feel some sensitivity on the affected tooth. You can buy toothpaste from the chemist for relief. If the sensitivity persists, you may consult your specialist for evaluation and recommendation of other treatment options.
If you would like to restore your attractive smile, consider an internal whitening procedure. Book your appointment and the specialists at San Ramon Dental Excellence will make your smile brighter.