Teeth whitening is typically provided as a cosmetic treatment to remove staining and discoloration from the surface of the tooth. However, for those who have received endodontic treatment or have a “dead” tooth, internal tooth bleaching is an excellent option to restore their beautiful smile.

Internal bleaching is a method of whitening the tooth from the inside out. It is usually performed when a tooth exhibits signs of extensive decay or damage to its inner structures. Infected or dead dental pulp can cause a tooth to appear much darker than the surrounding teeth. When you receive internal bleaching, our dentist begins  by performing a root canal to remove the infected and damaged tissue. Then, a whitening solution is placed deep inside the tooth, where it works to dissolve stains and make the teeth appear whiter. After the root canal is completed, the newly-treated and newly-whitening tooth will be sealed and capped with a crown to prevent further damage from occurring.

Please note that internal bleaching, like all forms of teeth whitening, is not a permanent solution. Teeth can become stained and discolored by eating the drinking foods that cause stains, such as coffee, tea and red wine. By avoiding food and lifestyle choices that contribute to staining, including practicing good oral hygiene, you will prolong the results of your treatment. You can also return to Smile Studio Dental periodically to have your teeth “touched up” with a regular whitening treatment.

If you have any questions about internal teeth bleaching in Falls Church, Virginia, and to set up an appointment with Dr. Eli Janabi, contact us today at 703-982-2222.