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Doctor insights on: Tooth Bleaching Complications

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Couldwhitening strips affect tooth cavities?

Couldwhitening strips affect tooth cavities?

Yes and No.: They will not make existing cavities worse; however, they will potentially cause some sensitivity if the whitening agent comes in contact with the cavity. It's best to have any cavities fixed prior to whitening. ...Read more

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Does laser teeth whitening damage teeth or gums?

Does laser teeth whitening damage teeth or gums?

Laser whitening: If performed by a trained dentist or dental technician, laser teeth whitening should not damage your teeth and gums. Teeth will most likely be sensitive after the treatment to hot/cold food/beverage. It is very expensive as a cosmetic procedure. If done properly, gums should not be damaged/irritated. ...Read more

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Does teeth bleaching ruin the tooth enamel?

Does teeth bleaching ruin the tooth enamel?

No: Just don't overdo it. Your teeth will only whiten to the extent that the enamel will allow. The color of the dentin underneath will still shine through and cannot be lightened by bleaching. Likewise, if you have recession, your exposed roots will not lighten and should not be bleached. A common side effect of whitening is sensitivity of the teeth, which is transient. ...Read more

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Will whitening teeth damage or weaken a dental crown?

Will whitening teeth damage or weaken a dental crown?

No: Professional dental bleaching will not change the color of existing composites or crowns. If you are interested in bleaching, a treatment plan is advised prior to restoring your teeth to have optimal shade match. ...Read more

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Do teeth whitening products such as crest strips damage tooth enamel?

They can ... : They can... A small layer of enamel is removed with bleaching. Overdoing bleaching can produce permanent discoloration. Please see only a dentist for bleaching and refrain from the current trend of whitening in a spa or mall or beauty salon. Bleaching teeth is best managed by an experienced dentist with your dental & gum health as the main focus of their attention! ...Read more

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Dental experts! what toothpastes/dental products strengthen tooth enamel?

Several: Any tooth paste with fluoride make the tooth more resistant to the acids that cause decay. If you get a tooth paste that is designed with a calcium and fluoride combination you can get minor remineralization (hardening) of the tooth. Tooth paste such as Pronamel and Colgate Enamel Health can be good for this. Any tooth paste should not be too abrasive as this can wear enamel away. Hope this is h ...Read more

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Can enamel building toothpaste work after tooth bleaching?

Yes: I would recommend a Fluoride toothpaste or Fluoride mouthwash like act to help protect your tooth enamel. Also, do not over-whiten to help prevent sensitivity. Studies show lower concentration over time gets the best results. ...Read more

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Can peroxide damage tooth enamal?

Can peroxide damage tooth enamal?

No, but ..: Hydrogen peroxide that is specially formulated for 'teeth bleaching' will not damage teeth, but may leave them temporarily sensitive...Just do no try to rinse your mouth with regular over-the-counter hydrogen peroxide! ...Read more

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Complication of wisdom tooth extractions - paraesthesia?

Complication of wisdom tooth extractions - paraesthesia?

One of the risks: Paresthesia of the inferior alveolar nerve is one of the potential risks associated with the removal of impacted mandibular wisdom teeth. Factors affecting the risk may include the position and stage of development of the impacted tooth, as well as the skill level and technique of the dentist and/or surgeon. ...Read more

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Does molar tooth extraction require surgery?

Does molar tooth extraction require surgery?

Not always: Molar tooth extraction can be simple with no surgery involved in many cases. Sometimes if a tooth is badly broken, or has had a root canal treatment in past that tooth may not come out easily and will need surgery. Also most unerupted and impacted third molars will need surgery to extract. ...Read more

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Will carbamide peroxide reduce tooth enamel?

Will carbamide peroxide reduce tooth enamel?

Very slightly: Carbamide peroxide is a very common ingredient in many dental professional teeth lightening products and toothpaste. Professionally applications of carbamide peroxide have been shown to have very little associated damage to enamel. Recently, there was a clinical study that showed some demineralization of the enamel, but only at the "nano" level-- only significant if it were overused. ...Read more

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Is laser teeth whitening safe?

Is laser teeth whitening safe?

Yes: Laser tooth whitening has been shown to be safe, but is it effective. In the short term it is. Over longer periods of time, the stains can return to your teeth. Often laser whitening should be followed by bursts of use of custom trays with whitening gels to obtain a more long term result. You need a thorough oral evaluation to see if you are a candidate for whitening first. ...Read more

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Are composite veneers the best choice for whitening teeth with enamel loss?

Are composite veneers the best choice for whitening teeth with enamel loss?

Depends: Depends on your expectations, and long term goals, be aware that composites do change color and stain over time, they are not as durable as lab made veneers, but with a great cosmetic dentist who layers the resin and tints, and applies opalescence and proper translucencies, they can look just as nice as an exceptional ceramist lab made veneer. ...Read more

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Toothache from using carbamide peroxide teeth whitening?

Toothache from using carbamide peroxide teeth whitening?

Try hydrogen peroxid: While any whitening gel can cause sensitivity and aching of the teeth, hydrogen peroxide requires less wear duration per application than carbamide peroxide. Typically h.P. Is one hour, while c.P. Is several hours. We caution our patients to back off and use less frequently when this occurs. Ask your dental professional for daywhite hp gel. ...Read more

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Should regular molar extractions cost the same as wisdom tooth extractions?

Should regular molar extractions cost the same as wisdom tooth extractions?

Depends : Some wisdom tooth extractions are routine (tooth above the gumlime) but some molar extractions turn surgical because the crown is broken off or the roots may be difficult to remove. Every extraction is different depending upon the tooth and how it is positioned in the mouth. ...Read more

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Can constant dental filling replacements result in tooth removal?

Can constant dental filling replacements result in tooth removal?

Sometimes: Every time a filling is removed and replaced a little bit of tooth is removed. Typically when the filling is 1/3 or more the width of the tooth, the tooth structure is thin enough that the tooth is vulnerable to break and so a crown is placed. If a crown is not placed the tooth can break and need to be removed. ...Read more

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Does teeth crowning require anesthesia?

Does teeth crowning require anesthesia?

Just local: No need for anything more. I find that giving only what is needed and thereby decreasing risk by not adding more drugs is the safest way to practice. ...Read more

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Can teeth whitening used with hydrogen peroxide damage a veneer?

Can teeth whitening used with hydrogen peroxide damage a veneer?

No: Veneers are typically made from a variety of ceramics or composites. Tooth whitening ingredients like hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide will not damage a veneer. Be aware though, the whitening gel will have little or no whitening effect on the veneers themselves. If you have both natural teeth and veneered teeth in your smile only the natural teeth will whiten. ...Read more

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