Teeth have several layers. The hard outer layer is called enamel, and the softer layer inside is called dentin. Inside the dentin are channels called root canals, which contain the nerve, blood vessels and other soft tissues. When your teeth are whitened, the whitening solution penetrates the pores of the teeth and can aggravate the nerve. This can result in sensitive or sore teeth. This is a temporary situation, and it is both treatable and preventable. If you are prone to sore teeth after whitening, our Beverly Hills teeth whitening dentist can help.
1. Be proactive.
If you have sensitive teeth, start using a toothpaste made especially for sensitive teeth before your whitening treatment. These toothpastes are made to block painful sensations and prevent sensitivity, but they do need to be used for a few weeks to achieve maximum effectiveness.
2. Treat promptly.
Some patients will benefit from an immediate fluoride treatment after whitening. Fluoride hardens enamel and can prevent pain.
3. Use NSAIDs as needed.
A non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen can be taken before a whitening session to combat any discomfort you might experience.
We can provide you with more options for combatting discomfort, sensitivity and soreness due to whitening at your consultation. Call our dental office today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our team.