Does Teeth Whitening Cause Tooth Sensitivity?

Does Teeth Whitening Cause Tooth Sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity is one of the most common side effects of teeth whitening. Therefore, if there is no diagnosis and a correct indication for treatment, this procedure can cause problems such as allergic and inflammatory reactions. But don’t be worried, teeth whitening can be done without any sort of traumas.

Tooth sensitivity can be caused by several factors such as sensitivity to the bleaching material, the presence of cracks in the teeth, exposed dentin (from tooth wear, tooth decay or erosion) and excessive exposure to the whitening product.

When this happens, the teeth whitening procedure must be interrupted or modified by your Glendale dentist who must reevaluate the concentration of the product, in addition to the frequency or time of the application.

Pre-Treatment Care

To avoid these problems, some care must be taken before your teeth whitening appointment. A clinical and radiographic examination is essential to verify the absence of cavities and inflammation of the gums, the diagnosis of the type of spots, and the patient's history of tooth sensitivity.

Therefore, patients who have had problems should notify their dentist so that the most appropriate treatment is chosen, and to avoid or minimize the possibility of developing tooth sensitivity again.

Can anyone have teeth whitened?

There are some limitations to the indication of teeth whitening. For example, pregnant women, patients with a history of allergies to bleaching materials and dental hypersensitivity, people with a strong case of cavities, and children or young people under 16 years old, are some of those who need their cases to be evaluated more carefully. However, this doesn’t mean that this kind of patients cannot whiten their teeth, it only means that their treatments will have to be more detailed and customized.

If you would like to learn more about teeth whitening or if you would like to schedule an appointment for one, contact our dental office in Glendale by calling (818) 545-8923. Our dental team will be glad to provide you with further information about teeth whitening and all its benefits.

Location: 411 N Central Ave Suite #245, Glendale, CA 91203



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