Internal bleaching is a technique of improving the color and appearance of discolored teeth. Sometimes, teeth discoloration may not always be the result of consuming colored beverages or poor dental hygiene. It could even be due to an external injury. This sort of discoloration tends to grow from within the tooth and spread a layer of pigmentation over its surface. It is mostly a single canine that suffers from internal discoloration. The result would seem like an ordinary discoloration (in the shade of pale yellow or even blue), but its cause is lying beneath its structure.
What is internal bleaching?
Internal bleaching is otherwise known as intra-coronal bleaching. This method is used to whiten and enhance a tooth’s color, by making it look and feel the same as the other teeth in appearance. An internal bleaching procedure is different from an ordinary or over-the-counter teeth whitening method. An internal bleaching procedure would be conducted after a thorough and extensive oral examination of the patient’s teeth.
What can cause teeth discoloration?
Internal teeth discoloration can be due to the result of an external injury and most commonly due to the presence of cavities. It may also be triggered due to the intake of medicines.
Bleaching and bonding techniques can adequately remove these kinds of internal staining or discoloration.
What is the difference between internal bleaching and teeth whitening?
Although both internal bleaching and teeth whitening are effective means of improving the shade of discolored teeth, they vary from each other to quite an extent.
Teeth whitening is also known as external bleaching, whose results would pertain over the surface of teeth and improve its color and texture.
Internal bleaching is an invasive whitening method. It is meant for patients who have undergone a root canal procedure.
How does internal bleaching work?
The process of internal bleaching works by placing an oxidizing agent such as bleach crystals within the coronal position of the tooth to remove discoloration. The dentist would advise an estimated waiting period before the crystals can be removed. Once it has done the deed, the endodontist would carefully remove them.
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