Intracoronal Bleaching

Intracoronal Bleaching services offered in Kirkland, WA

Intracoronal bleaching is a treatment for internal tooth discoloration. It’s a highly advanced treatment best performed by an expert endodontist like Nestor Cohenca, DDS, FIADT, at Prime Endodontics in Kirkland, Washington. The internal bleaching treatment addresses tooth discoloration that affects the inside parts of your teeth. To find out more about intracoronal bleaching, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Intracoronal Bleaching Q&A

What is intracoronal bleaching?

Intracoronal bleaching, also called internal bleaching, is a teeth whitening treatment for tooth discoloration that develops from problems involving the inner part of the tooth. 

That type of discoloration may occur from severe tooth decay or traumatic dental injuries. Or, it may develop because of aging or as a side effect of medication. 

You can’t treat internal tooth discoloration with traditional teeth whitening treatments. If you have tooth discoloration that fails to improve with professional teeth whitening, then you might want to consider intracoronal bleaching at Prime Endodontics.

What is the difference between teeth whitening and intracoronal bleaching?

Teeth whitening and intracoronal bleaching aim to brighten the color of your teeth. However, they’re two different cosmetic dental treatments.

Professional teeth whitening uses a special bleaching agent or laser tool that removes the stains from the enamel or exterior of your teeth. That type of teeth whitening treatment is widely available and minimally invasive. You can even do it at home.

Intracoronal bleaching is a more invasive teeth whitening process that focuses on improving the color of your teeth from the inside out. 

Who benefits from intracoronal bleaching?

Prime Endodontics determines who benefits from intracoronal bleaching after a consultation. The endodontist only recommends this treatment for people with tooth discoloration that occurs inside the tooth after root canal therapy. 

However, the endodontist determines on an individual basis who might benefit from this treatment. Intracoronal bleaching isn’t the right treatment for all people, no matter what type of tooth discoloration they have.

What happens during intracoronal bleaching?

Intracoronal bleaching makes a darkly discolored tooth following root canal therapy whiter. 

During treatment, your endodontist removes the restorative material to gain access to the opening created during your root canal therapy. We first remove the dental filling within the tooth and then place bleaching crystals within the coronal portion of the tooth, which is the crown of the tooth. Then we reseal the access opening and leave the crystals in place for several days. You then return to the office, and your endodontist performs the same steps to remove the crystals.  

The endodontist has you come back to the office about two weeks following the removal of the bleaching crystals to assess the whiteness of your teeth. In most cases, they recommend additional intracoronal bleaching sessions to get the best results.

To learn more about intracoronal bleaching and how it can brighten your smile, call Prime Endodontics or schedule an appointment online today.


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