I had a damaged tooth from years ago that has always been a bit darker than my other teeth. It’s always embarrassed me about my smile. I recently talked to my dentist about it and asked if tooth whitening would be a good idea. He doesn’t offer that service but said that Crest Whitestrips work. After about a week my teeth became sensitive. I went back and he said he thinks I need a root canal treatment. I don’t know why it would. Do you think I need a second opinion? Also, if Crest Whitestrips won’t work for me should I try another dentist who does do teeth whitening?
Your dentist showed a fundamental lack of understanding about teeth whitening. I’m glad to hear he doesn’t offer the procedure because he’d do one of the simplest cosmetic procedures ever wrong. No matter what type of teeth whitening you do, it will whiten the teeth evenly. So even if this darker tooth got whiter, so would all the other teeth around it. Therefore, the tooth would still be darker than the rest of them.
In this situation, you would need dental bonding or a porcelain veneer. Either one of these procedures would require an expert cosmetic dentist. Your dentist doesn’t qualify. Before we go onto finding an expert cosmetic dentist I want to address your immediate issue.
I would get a second opinion before getting a root canal treatment. Crest Whitestrips aren’t very strong. They do whiten, but it would take a significant number of boxes to match what you would get with a dentist. Even then, you would only have your first six teeth get whitened because that is all the strips will reach. I would be surprised if it caused you to need a root canal treatment. That doesn’t mean you didn’t have something else going on.
Bottom line. Get a second opinion. After that is dealt with, if you decide you want to get that tooth fixed cosmetically, I suggest you go to the mynewsmile.com website. They recommend expert cosmetic dentists by zip code. So you should be able to find one in your area.
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