What’s the difference between internal teeth bleaching and external teeth bleaching? That’s what we asked Dr. Geen and he told us the difference and when each method is used.
Bleaching teeth is used to remove the stain that’s coming from the outside of your teeth. It works from the outside of your teeth in the same direction. When people talk about internal bleaching, that’s a little bit different. Some of us maybe have seen, if not on ourselves, a friend or a family member may have one tooth very often on the front of the mouth that’s very, very dark.
That’s often the result of some sort of trauma when someone was younger. Sometimes, the tooth has had a root canal. A lot of times, you’re seeing that one tooth significantly darker than all the surrounding teeth because the stain has come from the inside of the tooth.
In those cases, if a root canal was done, we’ll remove the filling that gives access to the root canal and you actually bleach the tooth from the inside. The patients will wear a little bit of bleach inside the tooth for often a week and sometimes will change it and do the second time.
If the tooth has not had a root canal, the patient has to make some sort of decision about whether or not they want to have a root canal procedure done. That will allow the doctor to do this internal bleaching. Those are usually pretty magical procedures because when you actually see what’s going on, those teeth go from being really, really dark and noticeable to sort of fitting in with the rest of the smile. For patients, it’s a lot of fun. We tend to get really enthusiastic patients during those procedures.
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