Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Teeth Whitening - Side Effects

Dear Readers,

What are the side effects of Teeth whitening?

1. Teeth sensitivity - may occur during or after bleaching

The sensitivity of the teeth during the bleaching process may be like a burning sensation or a slight tapping.
Usually it appears in a tooth for a while and stops. After a while, it can change his place and appear in another tooth. This is not a long-lasting feeling - it lasts for a few seconds and then disappears.
It can also happen with a strong sensitivity. If the patient feels pain or if the sensation of burning is severe, treatment should be stopped and the gel removed.
In this situation, a special fluid is used that will reduce the sensitivity of the teeth for 10 minutes.

In most cases, the sensitivity of the teeth after bleaching is very common. I have had only a few cases with no sensitivity. Most people feel sensitivity ranging from low to mild, sometimes severe.
Every time before bleaching, I explain to the patient the possibility of sensitization and I inform that if this happens, it can last up to 24 hours after bleaching. I noticed that it usually lasted for 15-16 hours and disappeared suddenly.

The patient is also advised not to drink any citrus juices and consume such fruits for 24 hours. When there is a stronger sensitivity even a few days. I recommend the use of gel or mouthwash against increased sensitivity. If the sensitivity lasts for more than 24 hours, the patient is warned to visit the dentist.

2. Tissue irritation

Tissue irritation - Sometimes, if the gel comes in contact with the oral mucosa, the patient gets a burning sensation.

White spots appear as a result of contact of the bleaching agent with the oral mucosa. This happens if the patient makes a sudden movement or suddenly opens his mouth. I have observed this side effect in case the patient has too much saliva. Saliva may fall under the gingival barrier and damage it, allowing the whitening gel to penetrate between the barrier and the gums.

The white spot that appears in these areas can sometimes be very painful. If the gel is removed immediately from these places and they are covered with a neutralizing agent, the burning sensation disappears immediately.

If there are white spots after treatment, they can last for 1-2 hours. In some cases, the patient may complain that the burning sensation lasts for 2-3 days.

3. The bleaching gel may come into contact with skin and eyes

White spots appear on the affected area and, of course, a burning sensation appears. The gel should then be removed and the area rinsed with water.

If the gel comes in contact with the eyes, which can happen extremely rarely, they should be rinsed immediately with water and consult a doctor. These complications can be avoided by using safety glasses.

4. Appearance of white strips on dental surfaces

These strips show sections of the tooth enamel that are de-calcified. The brightening effect is more intense in this area. These strips are restored after rehydration of the enamel. Applying fluoride products helps them to disappear.
Sincerely yours,
Dr.Trenkova, DDM


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