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Is tooth whitening possible for patients with receding gums?

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In brief: Yes

Patients with gum recession can have their teeth whitened.
However, there is an increased possibility of sensitivity, which should be taken into account by your dentist. In these cases, a whitening gel of lower concentration can be used along with one of several desensitizing agents. In cases of extreme sensitivity, the whitening can be done either intermittently or in office tooth by tooth.

In brief: Yes

Patients with gum recession can have their teeth whitened.
However, there is an increased possibility of sensitivity, which should be taken into account by your dentist. In these cases, a whitening gel of lower concentration can be used along with one of several desensitizing agents. In cases of extreme sensitivity, the whitening can be done either intermittently or in office tooth by tooth.
Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
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Dr. Jerry Hu
Dentistry - Cosmetic
3 doctors agree

In brief: Expect more sensitiv

Recession that leaves exposed roots will likely result in more post op sensitivity after whitening.
Discuss with your dentist about a a free gingival graft or allograft where possible and/or needed before whitening.

In brief: Expect more sensitiv

Recession that leaves exposed roots will likely result in more post op sensitivity after whitening.
Discuss with your dentist about a a free gingival graft or allograft where possible and/or needed before whitening.
Dr. Jerry Hu
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Dr. Letitia Plummer
The other option that the patient can do is have resins placed in the area of the recession. It helps with sensitivity and prevents plaque accumulation.
Dr. Dinh Bui
Dentistry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

It is possible to get tooth whitening procedure for patients with receding gum since the bleaching agent now is available at different instensity.
I would prefer to stick to the gold standard brand, opalescence. It has been around a very long time and constantly being compared to by the competitive product. Moreover, to prevent the sensitivity, Fluoride should be used after each bleaching.

In brief: Yes

It is possible to get tooth whitening procedure for patients with receding gum since the bleaching agent now is available at different instensity.
I would prefer to stick to the gold standard brand, opalescence. It has been around a very long time and constantly being compared to by the competitive product. Moreover, to prevent the sensitivity, Fluoride should be used after each bleaching.
Dr. Dinh Bui
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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Work with your dentist to do this
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Possible

Possible but more difficult because if the whitening agent may cause sensitivity of the exposed roots.
Probably not something you can do on your own.

In brief: Possible

Possible but more difficult because if the whitening agent may cause sensitivity of the exposed roots.
Probably not something you can do on your own.
Dr. Gary Klugman
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Dr. John Thaler
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Yes but the roots will not lighten and you may experience sensitivity.
Find out why the tissues are receding and address that first. Good Luck.

In brief: Yes

Yes but the roots will not lighten and you may experience sensitivity.
Find out why the tissues are receding and address that first. Good Luck.
Dr. John Thaler
Dr. John Thaler
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Dr. Mark Venincasa
Dentistry - Cosmetic

In brief: Yes..

For patients with some root surface sensitivity, there are desensitizing agents that can be used for a few days prior to whitening in the same kind of take home trays.
This has been very successfully used in my practice.

In brief: Yes..

For patients with some root surface sensitivity, there are desensitizing agents that can be used for a few days prior to whitening in the same kind of take home trays.
This has been very successfully used in my practice.
Dr. Mark Venincasa
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In brief: Yes

Yes you may have your teeth whitened depending on your sensitivity to the whitening agent.
On another note...Why are your gums receeding?...Ask your dentist for help.

In brief: Yes

Yes you may have your teeth whitened depending on your sensitivity to the whitening agent.
On another note...Why are your gums receeding?...Ask your dentist for help.
Dr. Andrew Sauchelli
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