Teeth sensitivity after whitening is most common when a thorough examination of a patient's teeth is NOT carried out beforehand. This is because those individuals at risk from tooth sensitivity are not identified prior to teeth whitening treatment.
If you have a tooth that is cracked, has a cavity, is worn, or has gum recession you are at risk of experiencing tooth sensitivity during and after any form of teeth whitening. This is because the nerve of the tooth will come in direct contact with the whitening gel. Once identified this risk can be successfully managed and teeth whitening can be provided with a minimal risk of sensitivity.
A complete dental exam will reveal any issues that may require attention before commencing the teeth whitening treatment, ensuring a positive experience for you.
- Teeth with decay or a cavity should be cleaned and restored with a white dental filling to seal and protect the nerve.
- Teeth with small cracks should have that part of the tooth removed and restored with a dental filling.
- Teeth with large cracks that may extend to the nerve should not be included in teeth whitening treatment.
- Teeth with large cracks often need a porcelain crown, and this can correct the colour of the tooth after whitening.
- Teeth with gum recession should be treated with desensitising gels for two weeks prior to whitening treatment.
- As a general precaution, we recommend all patients planning on having Zoom Teeth Whitening should use desensitising toothpastes and gels before treatment.
How do we minimise possible tooth sensitivity?
We take no shortcuts when it come to preventing sensitivity and zingers. We thoroughly examine your teeth to make sure you don't have untreated gum disease, decay or cracked teeth. We ensure these are all attended to before you proceed with your teeth whitening treatment.
As part of your Zoom! Teeth Whitening experience:
- We get you to use a specialised desensitising toothpaste and gel for two weeks before treatment
- We advise you to take Ibuprofen and wear custom-made trays with a powerful relief gel an hour before treatment
- We cover your gums and sensitive areas of your teeth with a protective barrier, so they aren't in contact with the whitening gel.
- We use the latest Zoom! Tooth Whitening gel that contains a desensitising agent
- Straight after your whitening treatment, we get you to wear your custom-made trays with Relief Gel and take over-the- counter pain relief as necessary
- Those who, despite our best efforts, still have sensitivity following their appointment report everything is back to normal the next day.
How can you minimise sensitivity after whitening?
Here are our recommendations:
- Use the Zoom! Relief Gel in your custom-made trays as needed
- When brushing your teeth, do so gently using lukewarm water
- Use the desensitising toothpastes we supply you with - Avoid overly hot or cold food and drink for the first couple of days after treatment