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Pain with Home Teeth Whitening


Pain with Home Teeth Whitening

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I’ve been doing a home whitening kit. Until recently, everything was going fine. Two days ago, I started having the zap of pain for about 20 seconds. It’s enough to make me stop in my tracks. The only thing I can think of is the tooth that is zapping me has a dental bonding repair for a chipped tooth. Does this mean the teeth whitening is bad for the bonding or that the bonding is just ending its life? My dentist did tell me that it would only last a few years and it’s been five. Regardless, is there a solution for this so I can keep whitening?


Dear Terri,

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I do not think your teeth whitening is weakening the bonding. There have not been cases where this has been an issue. If the bond were weakening, your composite repair would just fall off.  The most likely thing is there is an area of exposure that isn’t completely covered.

I am assuming you are doing your teeth whitening under the care of a dentist.  If so that will be a big help to you. Call his or her office and let them know what is going on. Your dentist can find the area of exposure and cover it so that you will not feel any pain while whitening.

If you are doing this with over-the-counter whitening, I’m going to recommend you switch to professional teeth whitening. First, they can help deal with these issues quickly and protect you from damage to your gums and teeth. There have been cases where a person ended up needing a root canal treatment because of over-the-counter treatments. Second, the strength is much stronger than anything you’d get over the counter. This will help you get the results you are looking for much faster.

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