The other day I had an intense pain on my tooth that has dental bonding. It seemed to last for close to 30 seconds. The only thing I have been doing differently lately is that I started whitening my teeth using an in-home whitening product. I have been using for the last couple weeks. Up until now, I haven’t had any issues. The bond on my front tooth where the pain originated was done over 10 years ago to repair a chip. Does this mean that my bonding work is wearing out? Or is the whitening weakening it in some way?
Thanks for your time.
– Laura from Illinois
It is unlikely that the teeth whitening would be weakening your dental bonding. If the bond was weakened from the bleaching, then you would need to be more concerned that the repair could fall off.
The more likely scenario is that the pain is due to tooth sensitivity. A tooth that was injured is more vulnerable and therefore could be more sensitive. Maybe some of the bonding has wore down over the years and exposed the sensitive part of the tooth.
It is important to note that it is always a good idea to consult a dentist when whitening your teeth. Hopefully, you are operating under a dentist’s supervision in which case it would be worth mentioning the pain. If it is indeed due to tooth sensitivity there are things that can be done, like coating the tooth, so you can continue with your bleaching treatments. Be sure to pinpoint the source of the pain and get it resolved before you continue whitening.
I hope this information was helpful.
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