Professional whitening treatments use chemicals such as hydrogen or carbamide peroxide to bleach the teeth. The peroxide penetrates your tooth enamel by increasing tooth porosity. They whiten the teeth through oxidation, which means the oxygen molecules in the whitening agent react with and break down staining molecules.
While whitening toothpaste and drugstore whitening trays may remove surface-level stains, professional whitening treatments pull out the stains that are trapped deeper inside of your teeth. Contact your Jacksonville dentist today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mariam Barikbin.
In-office teeth whitening contains the highest concentration of peroxide.
Before we can decide if you’re eligible for a specific whitening treatment, you will need to come in for a consultation. We will examine your teeth to ensure you’re in good oral health and don’t suffer from significant sensitivity.
If you have chosen our take-home whitening system, we will take impressions of your teeth. These are sent to a dental lab that creates custom whitening trays for you to wear.
We will protect the soft tissue in your mouth from coming into contact with the whitening agent by using protective gel, cheek protractors, or whitening trays that only fit over your teeth.
You will apply the whitening gel to your trays and wear them as instructed. For in-office whitening, we will apply the whitening gel to each of your teeth and activate it with UV light.
Ideal for special occasions, severe discoloration, and fast results, an in-office whitening is performed by a dentist rather than by yourself. Instead of whitening trays, we apply a highly concentrated whitening gel made of hydrogen peroxide to each of your teeth.
A UV light is used to activate the whitening gel. We ensure that this never comes into contact with your gums, as we apply a protective gel and use a cheek protractor to keep your mouth open.
This treatment produces drastic instant results, perfect for photos that will last a lifetime. After about an hour, we’ll rinse your mouth and you’ll see your newly whitened smile, which can be up to 10 shades whiter after a single session! Depending on how discolored your teeth are, you may need multiple sessions to produce the pearly white smile you are looking for.
We understand that not everyone is a suitable candidate for high concentrations of peroxide and UV light being applied to your teeth. That’s why we also offer a take-home option. With custom-made trays that fit snugly over your teeth and don’t run over your gums, you can whiten your teeth without causing damage to your gums.
You never have to leave the house or sit for an hour-long appointment. You can simply apply the whitening gel to your trays, pop them over your teeth, and carry out your daily tasks as per usual. We will give you instructions on how to use these trays and for how long.
This treatment produces gradual rather than instant results. You will wear your trays each day for about 2 weeks, but in the end, your teeth will be just as white as the in-office treatment!
If you have a knocked-out tooth, it’s important to get to the dentist within an hour for the best chance of reattachment.
The most commonly extracted teeth are wisdom teeth, because of their tendency to grow in improperly, which can cause repeated infections and severe pain. Other teeth may require extraction if they are severely decayed, chipped, cracked, or otherwise broken. They also may need to be removed if they have become loose in the socket as a result of gum disease, if there isn’t enough space in the mouth due to overcrowding, or for certain orthodontic situations.
After having a tooth extracted, it’s important to encourage blood clotting for proper healing. Certain activities can dislodge or prevent blood clots from forming, so you will need to avoid smoking, spitting or sucking, rinsing your mouth for the first 24 hours, eating solid foods, chewing on the side of the extraction, and drinking hot liquids.
Once the numbing agent has worn off, you may feel some soreness or tenderness at the site of the extraction, which can be relieved with pain medication. However, you should not take aspirin, which is a blood thinner and can prolong the healing process.
Leave your gauze in place for about 3-4 hours unless it becomes soaked with blood. For the first 24 hours, it’s important to stick to soft foods, get plenty of rest, and elevate your head to reduce swelling. While swelling is less common in simple extractions, patients who have received multiple extractions may notice some additional swelling which can be relieved by applying cold compresses to the face.
Your dentist will inform you when it is safe to introduce solid foods back into your diet and how to clean your teeth but you should leave them alone for the first 24 hours. After 24 hours have passed, you can gently swish around a saline rinse in your mouth to eliminate bacteria.
It is possible for dental implants to become infected. This is known as “peri-implantitis.” However, this is a very rare complication, and it typically only occurs if the implant is not cared for and kept clean after surgery.
You can avoid peri-implantitis by following your dentist’s instructions while recovering, and by brushing and flossing regularly after your implant has healed.
Dr. Barikbin will always try to save your tooth first before considering an extraction.