Whitening the Single Discolored Tooth

This article discusses the possible methods available for whitening of a single discolored tooth. Treatment options can vary from restorative procedures such as crowns, veneers, or bonding to more conservative bleaching treatments. The long-term success of the treatment is dictated by proper diagnosis and treatment planning. The cause and severity of the discoloration has to be carefully evaluated when planning for bleaching options. The vitality of the pulp, presence and absence of symptoms, and periapical pathoses usually determine whether an external or internal bleaching approach will be considered.

The single discolored tooth can be a challenge in obtaining an esthetic outcome in the anterior region ( Figs. 1–3 ). Treatment options can vary from restorative procedures such as crowns, veneers, or bonding to more conservative bleaching treatments. The long-term success of the treatment is dictated by proper diagnosis and treatment planning. The cause and severity of the discoloration has to be carefully evaluated when planning for bleaching options. The vitality of the pulp, presence and absence of symptoms, and periapical pathoses usually determine whether an external or internal bleaching approach will be considered.

Fig. 1
Preoperative view of full smile of the patient.

Fig. 2
Frontal view of discolored left central incisor.

Oct 29, 2016 | Posted by in General Dentistry | Comments Off on Whitening the Single Discolored Tooth
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