Most people don’t want to go about with teeth that are severely stained – a reason why teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dental procedure. Whitening a tooth that has in the past been damaged or have had one problem or the other could become challenging. It is a process that is economical and carried out with utmost efficacy.
A tooth can sustain an injury from different ways, such as during a fall, sports, or even due to previous dental procedures. When a tooth/tooth are damaged, it becomes challenging to whiten them because they react differently to the method, but there are other effective procedures for them. Reports have shown that about a quarter of 6-50 years old Americans have at one time or the other in their life have had a dental injury.
Diagnosing a Discolored Tooth
Before a tooth whitening procedure take place, the tooth has is deeply examined to ascertain the cause of the stain. An x-ray of the tooth will reveal the pulp to know if it is still alive. Externally bleaching the tooth can improve its brightness.
Although in-office treatment and take-home trays are effectual, having the procedure done in the dental office will provide a satisfactory result in lesser time.
Often time, discoloration of the tooth is because nerves of the tooth pulp are no longer vital or are dead. In such situations, the tooth whitening procedure can only commence after the dead, or dying tissues are removed through a root canal procedure to prevent infection from occurring.
There is also a possibility of tooth discoloration occurring long after a root canal procedure has been done. In either case, internal bleaching can help to whiten non-vital tooth.
Whitening From the Inside Out
When tooth stains occur inside the tooth, internal bleaching is employed in whitening the tooth, and this involves putting the bleaching agent directly inside the tooth.
First, a small hole will be made at the back of the tooth to gain access to the pulp chamber. Then, fragments from the tunnel will be removed. A special cement will be applied to prevent the bleaching material from leaking into the root of the tooth.
Through the hole, some bleaching agent will be put inside the pulp chamber of the tooth and temporarily sealed.
You will return to the dental office in a few days to have another round of bleaching and sometimes up to 4 visits depending on your desired level of whitening.
When the whitening has reached the desired level, the hole made in the tooth, will then, be permanently sealed using a composite resin material. If this internal tooth bleaching does not give your desired result, then you could also bleach the tooth externally. Getting your teeth to your desired level of whitening using the most appropriate treatment method is the goal.
Do you want in-office teeth whitening done? Even with a damaged tooth, it’s possible! Contact Dr. Carol Felder, Family & Cosmetic Dentist in Norwalk, CT today.