One potential side effect of this root canal therapy is yellowing or darkening of the treated tooth. Wells Endodontics can help if you have discoloration as a result of a root canal. We use an internal bleaching procedure that’s designed to brighten your tooth and erase discoloration.
What is internal bleaching?
Despite every effort, blood, bacteria, and saliva have the potential to enter a tooth during a root canal procedure.
As the bacteria and other contaminants break down within the tooth, they also darken. External bleaching won’t fix the problem because the discoloration is happening from the inside out.
So the answer is Internal bleaching, a minor surgical procedure that targets discoloration where it’s occurring in your tooth.
Traditional teeth whitening versus internal bleaching
Traditional teeth whitening bleaches your teeth from the outside, usually using a hydrogen peroxide solution.
With traditional whitening, you wear trays at home or have the procedure done in-office. It’s effective for teeth that are discolored from food or the effects of aging.
Internal bleaching is different because it whitens from the inside out. It’s reserved for devitalized teeth, or teeth that have had a root canal.
What to Expect during internal bleaching
During the procedure, the tooth is isolated and cleaned. Then a rubber dam is placed on the tooth to prevent further contamination during the procedure, and discoloration in the future. An anesthetic cream is applied to your gums to ease discomfort.
Any decayed material is removed that’s causing discoloration. A bleaching agent is applied to the space within your tooth. This bleaching agent stays in your tooth for two to three days.
When the desired shade is reached, the bleaching agent is removed, and the tooth gets sealed. Some people may need an additional bleaching procedure if there’s notable discoloration.
This procedure is quite safe, but you may experience a little discomfort and tooth sensitivity following the procedure.