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By Advanced Dental Arts
March 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  
StainsfromWithinaToothRequireProfessionalWhitening

Whether performed in a dental office or using a home kit, teeth whitening applications are quite effective for bleaching exterior (extrinsic) stains on enamel surfaces. But what if your discoloration comes from inside the tooth? In this case, extrinsic teeth whitening won’t work — you’ll need to undergo an “internal bleaching” method, which can only be performed in a dentist's office.

There are a number of causes for “intrinsic” staining, including too much fluoride exposure or tetracycline use during childhood. One of the more common causes, though, occurs from root canal treatments used to remove the remnants of the pulp tissue inside a tooth’s pulp chamber and root canals. Certain cements used during the procedure to help seal in the filling material and leftover blood pigments can cause the tooth to darken over time.

To alleviate this discoloration, we use a bleaching agent, usually sodium perborate mixed with a diluted solution of hydrogen peroxide to achieve a safe, accelerated color change. After determining that the root canal filling is still intact and the bone is healthy, we create a small cavity in the back of the tooth to access the pulp chamber. The chamber is cleaned of any debris or stained material and then thoroughly irrigated. The original root canal filling is then sealed off to prevent leakage from the bleaching agent.

We then place the bleaching agent in the cleaned-out space with a cotton pellet and seal it in with a temporary adhesive. This step is repeated for several days until we achieve the desired shade of white. Once that occurs we then seal the dentin with a more permanent filling and then restore the cavity we created with a composite resin bonded to the enamel and dentin.

If we’re successful in achieving the desired color, intrinsic whitening could help you avoid more costly options like veneers or crowns for an otherwise healthy and attractive tooth. The end result would be the same — a beautiful smile without those unsightly stains.

If you would like more information on treating internal tooth stains, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Whitening Traumatized Teeth.”

By Advanced Dental Arts
December 23, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  
HomeWhiteningKitsareSafeandEffectiveifUsedtheRightWay

You’re satisfied with your smile appearance except for one thing — your teeth aren’t as white and bright as you wish they could be. So, you’ve decided to do something about their dull yellow color.

You’re also thinking about buying a whitening product you can use yourself rather than a professional application. But you still want the answers to two questions: are home whitening kits safe? And, are they effective?

By and large the answer to the first question is yes — if you use it as directed. The whitening agents in FDA-approved products are in safe proportions to other ingredients and won’t cause any major health issues. That said, if you go beyond the instructed dosage you could damage your teeth, especially your enamel, and cause long-term problems with your dental care.

In addition, if you (or a family member) are still in your early teens, you may want to wait until you’re older. Although most permanent teeth have come in by puberty, their enamel still needs to mature. The chemicals in a whitening kit could be too strong for their under-developed enamel. It’s best to get our advice on whether your teeth are mature enough for whitening.

As to their effectiveness, home whitening kits should perform as their labeling indicates. But there are some differences in effects between a home kit and a professional application.

Although a home kit usually uses the same whitening agents (like carbamide peroxide), its strength is much lower than a professional treatment — about 10% of volume compared to around 30% in clinical solutions. This means it will take much longer to achieve the desired whitening effect that a professional application can in fewer sessions, and with less precision. In addition, home kits are only effective on surface staining of the enamel — discoloration within a tooth requires treatment by a dentist.

You can get satisfactory results from a home whitening kit. But before you make a purchase, consult with us first — we can advise you on what to look for in your purchase, as well as determine if your teeth can benefit from whitening at home.

If you would like more information on teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Whitening Safety Tips.”

By Advanced Dental Arts
February 27, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Can you even remember the last time you looked at your smile in the mirror and saw a pearly-white half moon smiling back? Unfortunately, many of us have similar answers in the negative, as finding a perfect smile in today's sugared-out America has Teeth Whiteningbecome like finding a diamond in the rough!

But at Advanced Dental Arts, you'll find the exact answers you need for a crystal-clear smile that's as white as snow no matter what dental season your mouth is in! Because even if your teeth are yellow as the fall leaves, only the whitest smiles are allowed to leave the dentist's chair at Advanced Dental Arts! Aaron Schertzer, DDS, and his crew of expert dental technicians know the importance of bringing you a sunny grin all over again.

One of the leading cosmetic dental techniques at Dr. Schertzer's disposal for enhancing the beauty of each row of teeth with teeth whitening procedures. Teeth whitening has helped restore even the most stained and discolored teeth.

Take a look at some of the leading factors in the yellowing or progressive discoloring of your teeth below:

  • caffeine consumption (sorry, coffee lovers!)
  • tobacco use
  • normal aging
  • drinking tea
  • eating berries, soy sauce and many other flavor-enhancing add-ons, and even tomato sauce

While there are some mildly-effective teeth whitening solutions offered over the counter in the form of products like whitening toothpastes, many of these options also have abrasive components that can actually eat away at your tooth's outer surface (known as your tooth enamel).

But the professional whitening methods performed by Dr. Schertzer and the dental associates he trusts is both safer and more effective than over-the-counter options, as in-office whitening can keep your smile white and bright for a half decade or more!

For more information on the teeth whitening solutions offered by helpful cosmetic dentists at Advanced Dental Arts, call(314) 892-2120 today and see for yourself why no smile deserves to be left out in the cold here in Oakville, MO!