Whitening a Traumatized Tooth - Haslet, TX
A male in his mid 30's came to see Dr. William Shattuck prior to an important life event- His Wedding! Both he and his fiancé wanted to see what could be done about a front tooth which had turned brown and gray due to an accident this patient had over a decade ago. The patient had tried traditional whitening methods to improve the appearance but to no avail. Due to the nature of the discoloration, Dr. Shattuck recommended internal whitening. More
Root Canal Therapy
The tooth initially discolored because the trauma to the tooth burst the blood vessels inside the tooth. The internal bruising both killed the nerve and caused the red blood cells to turn gray and brown. These dead and discolored red blood cells spread throughout the entire tooth to cause the discoloration. In order to whiten the tooth, Dr. Shattuck first performed a root canal to remove all the dead nerve tissue from inside the tooth. Then, in order to protect the root of the tooth from becoming irritated by the whitening agent, Dr. Shattuck placed first a fluoride, then a calcium sealer inside the tooth. More
First the patient whitened using Dr. Shattuck's in office light activated GLO system to achieve the shade he desired all the teeth to be. Then Dr. Shattuck commenced with whitening the tooth that was brown. Internal whitening is a lengthier process than traditional in office whitening. The patient came in once a week for 4 weeks for 30 minute appointments during his lunch hour and a fresh application of whitening agent was placed inside the tooth. This was done for four weeks to achieve the desired results. As you can see each week the tooth becomes a little bit whiter until the patient achieved the desired shade. More
It typically takes 4-6 weeks for the whitening agent to penetrate the entire tooth. As you can see, the tooth doesn't whiten very much over the first 2 weeks, but starting in week 3 the patient began to see a noticeable difference. More
After 4 weeks the patient felt we had achieved the result he wanted and he was ready to walk down the aisle! More
There are many ways to color correct a darkened tooth. In order to achieve the results you want it is important to identify the cause of the stain, whether that is trauma, external chemicals, overexposure to fluoride, or premature antibiotic exposure. Once the cause is identified, the kind of whitening performed, the strength of the whitening agent, as well as the length of exposure to the whitening agent should be tailored to the case. When it comes to whitening there is no "one size fits all" solution. Dr. William Shattuck and his staff at Radiant Dental Care in Haslet know this and are experienced in getting their patients the results they want!
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