Do you wish you had whiter teeth?
Why Go with Professional Teeth Whitening When You Can Buy Whitening at the Grocery Store?
At our office, we offer custom whitening trays, as well as the best whitening system currently on the market, KOR, for amazing, immediate results. To make the procedures more accessible and convenient, we offer both in-office services as well as at-home treatments.
But Doesn’t Teeth Whitening treatments Damage Denture?
How is this possible? Whitening solutions work because they dissolve the stain and build up that discolor teeth. When they dissolve surface stains, it makes sense that they also uncover the tooth structure under the stains.
This is perfectly fine and dandy until the surface exposed is actually dentin or tooth root surface. Dentin and tooth roots are very sensitive to sweets, hot and cold AND whitening solutions.
So doesn’t that mean that whitening is bad? No! The whitening is not what causes the problems of dentin exposure or gum recession. These are caused by clenching and grinding, gingivitis, and other issues like over brushing. The fact that whitening causes sensitivity is not proof that it does damage, but it is proof that getting your teeth professionally whitened by a dentist matters.
Dentists can spot areas of recession, exposed dentin and pre-treat them to reduce or prevent sensitivity before it starts. We can also choose whitening systems that include sensitivity-reducing treatments or use specialized techniques to protect sensitive areas while maximizing whitening. There’s no need to live with stained teeth or sensitivity.
Not Sure If You actually NEED an Dental Extraction?
Hearing you need an dental extraction when you’re not sure why it’s necessary. How can you know if the tooth truly needs to come out or if it could actually be restored? Isn’t it best to keep your own teeth as long as possible?
We meet new patients all the time coming in for a second opinion and feeling frustrated that another dentist wanted to take a tooth out that the patient is pretty sure could be saved. What we’ve discovered is that about 5% of the time, there was a restorative option available that was overlooked. However, about 95% of the time, the tooth needs to be extracted and the diagnosing dentist simply didn’t take the time to adequately explain why.
It’s easy as a dentist who “does teeth” all day long every day, to forget that patients don’t “do teeth” all day long and that they need extra information in order to feel comfortable making decisions, especially about losing teeth. Dentists also have different personal guidelines about what “saving a tooth” means.
Here are my personal guidelines for when teeth should be extracted:
- If the tooth has an untreatable level of infection inside the tooth
- If the tooth has an untreatable level of infection in the surrounding gums
- If the bone around the tooth has dissolved and can’t support the tooth
- If the tooth has broken or decayed to the point that it can’t support a crown
- If the tooth has already been root canaled twice
Why these guidelines? Because I don’t believe that fixing a tooth just to have it break again in a month counts as “saving a tooth.” Every one of these scenarios could be patched, but would explode as a toothache, dangerous infection or deeper trauma within days or weeks, further risking your health. I’m not willing to put my patients’ health at risk for convenience.
If you’re not sure why your tooth “needs an dental extraction” come see me for a second opinion. We’ll take a look and a 3D-CT radiograph give you a clear explanation of what is going on either with that one tooth or in your whole mouth depending on how much you’d like to know.