If you have a tooth that is stained or discolored and regular whitening treatments are not working to completely improve its appearance, Dr. Safina LeClair may recommend an internal bleaching treatment to brighten and renew its appearance.

What Is Internal Teeth Bleaching?

Internal teeth bleaching is a specialized dental procedure aimed at brightening a tooth’s appearance from the inside. This method is typically employed when a tooth has experienced trauma, undergone a root canal treatment or suffered severe decay that has led to internal discoloration. Unlike traditional teeth whitening techniques that target the external enamel, internal bleaching involves the application of a whitening agent within the tooth itself.

The Whitening Process

When you receive internal teeth whitening, our experienced dentist will first create a small opening at the rear of the affected tooth. This enables the removal of any damaged tissue or debris that might be contributing to the discoloration. Subsequently, the whitening agent is carefully introduced into the tooth’s interior. Following this step, the tooth is sealed using a temporary filling material to prevent any leakage.

The whitening agent works diligently over the course of approximately 30 minutes. However, in certain cases, the agent may remain inside the tooth for a duration of one to two weeks. During this period, we closely monitor the progress of the tooth’s transformation to ensure it reaches the desired shade of white. It is important to note that any necessary endodontic procedures must be completed before undertaking internal bleaching. This proactive approach not only enhances your comfort during the process but also allows you to continue your normal dietary habits while the bleaching agent is active within the tooth.

Although internal bleaching yields promising results, it might not entirely eliminate all types of staining. For comprehensive enhancement in both appearance and strength, our skilled dentist may recommend supplementary treatments as deemed necessary.

Benefits of Internal Bleaching

Internal teeth bleaching offers several benefits, including:

  • Targeted Whitening: Internal bleaching directly addresses internal discoloration, making it highly effective for teeth that are discolored due to trauma, decay or root canal treatments.
  • Preservation of Tooth Structure: Unlike external teeth whitening methods that might involve enamel removal, internal bleaching preserves the natural structure of the tooth.
  • Natural-Looking Results: Internal bleaching results in a more natural and uniform tooth color, blending seamlessly with the surrounding teeth.
  • Non-Invasive: The procedure is minimally invasive and is often performed without the need for anesthesia, making it a comfortable option for patients.
  • Enhanced Confidence: Achieving a brighter, more even smile can boost self-confidence and improve overall self-esteem.
  • Professional Guidance: Internal bleaching is performed by skilled dental professionals, ensuring safe and controlled results.

Schedule An Appointment

Call Audubon Dental today at 509-325-4227 to make an appointment with our dentist and learn if internal teeth bleaching in Spokane, Washington, is right for you!