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By Apple Valley Dental
August 04, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Whether performed in a dental office or using a home kit, teeth whitening applications are quite effective for bleaching exterior (extrinsic) stains on enamel surfaces. But what if your discoloration comes from inside the tooth? In this case, extrinsic teeth whitening won’t work — you’ll need to undergo an “internal bleaching” method, which can only be performed in a dentist's office.

There are a number of causes for “intrinsic” staining, including too much fluoride exposure or tetracycline use during childhood. One of the more common causes, though, occurs from root canal treatments used to remove the remnants of the pulp tissue inside a tooth’s pulp chamber and root canals. Certain cements used during the procedure to help seal in the filling material and leftover blood pigments can cause the tooth to darken over time.

To alleviate this discoloration, we use a bleaching agent, usually sodium perborate mixed with a diluted solution of hydrogen peroxide to achieve a safe, accelerated color change. After determining that the root canal filling is still intact and the bone is healthy, we create a small cavity in the back of the tooth to access the pulp chamber. The chamber is cleaned of any debris or stained material and then thoroughly irrigated. The original root canal filling is then sealed off to prevent leakage from the bleaching agent.

We then place the bleaching agent in the cleaned-out space with a cotton pellet and seal it in with a temporary adhesive. This step is repeated for several days until we achieve the desired shade of white. Once that occurs we then seal the dentin with a more permanent filling and then restore the cavity we created with a composite resin bonded to the enamel and dentin.

If we’re successful in achieving the desired color, intrinsic whitening could help you avoid more costly options like veneers or crowns for an otherwise healthy and attractive tooth. The end result would be the same — a beautiful smile without those unsightly stains.

If you would like more information on treating internal tooth stains, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Whitening Traumatized Teeth.”

By Apple Valley Dental
May 11, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Tune in to any makeover show on TV, and chances are one of the first suggestions is a professional teeth whitening treatment. Even in teeth whiteningcases where the contestant goes on to get more involved and drastic cosmetic surgery, a little cosmetic dentistry and smile enhancement can significantly improve a person's appearance in a short amount of time.

While there's no shortage of over the counter whitening products for consumers to choose from, a professional treatment from an Apple Valley, CA dentist at Apple Valley Dental in California consists of stronger, higher grade whitening agents that aren't available in the toothpaste aisle.

Smile Enhancement in Apple Valley

Dr. Samuel Kim offers both in office and take home customized tooth whitening for busy patients. While investing in the procedure can transform a stained, dull smile, Dr. Kim advises patients to remember that whitened teeth are still susceptible to the same elements that caused the staining in the first place, particularly food and cigarettes.

In order to keep the new smile looking beautiful and fresh for as long as possible, there are certain precautions to take and things to avoid:

Good oral hygiene - brushing and daily flossing will not only help to keep the teeth stain free, they are critical to preventing tooth decay and gum disease

Quit smoking - smoking stains the teeth, but it can also increase the risk of developing gum disease and other serious health problems. It's never too late or too early to quit!

Limit staining food and drinks like red wine, tea, and coffee

Professional Teeth Whitening in Apple Valley

For more information on how to keep your teeth stain free and vibrant, and to learn whether in office or at home teeth whitening treatments are right for you, contact Dr. Samuel Kim at Apple Valley Dental by calling (760) 247-6007 and schedule an appointment today.

By Apple Valley Dental
December 02, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Find out if your smile could benefit from professional teeth whitening.

While a white, glowing smile is the ideal; unfortunately there are many factors that can keep us from that bright smile. Luckily, your Teeth WhiteningApple Valley dentist Dr. Samuel Kim offers a variety of cosmetic dentistry options to improve the attractiveness of your smile. If you’ve been interested in finding out how teeth whitening could enhance your appearance then find out if this cosmetic procedure is the right choice for you.

Am I a Good Candidate for Teeth Whitening?

If you are ready to really turn that smile around, here are some things to consider to help you decide whether you could benefit from professional whitening:

Types of Dental Stains

Many patients think that they can’t benefit from in-office whitening because they’ve had stained teeth for a long time. But you’re in luck! Professional teeth whitening works on even the toughest external stains. So no matter whether you’ve had discolored teeth for a couple months or a couple years, you can still be a good candidate for whitening.

Professional whitening works best on external stains caused by natural aging, certain foods or drinks, or smoking. But it’s important to keep in mind that internal stains caused by antibiotic use or direct trauma will not respond as effectively to this cosmetic treatment. For those with internal stains, talk to your Apple Valley cosmetic dentist about other cosmetic options that may be better suited.

Dental Sensitivity

We have patients that want to get whitening but worry that their teeth are too sensitive. Fortunately, our whitening system is not only 100 percent safe when used correctly but rarely causes any side effects. While this doesn’t guarantee that you won’t experience some sensitivity it’s important to note that we can tailor your whitening session to fit your dental needs. This means using a milder whitening gel or removing the gel from teeth a little sooner. We would be happy to discuss how to handle your sensitivities before whitening.

Dental Work

If you have any crowns, fillings, inlays/onlays, bridges or implants note that whitening only works on natural tooth structures. This means that any dental restorations will not brighten even with professional whitening. If you are looking to improve the look of dental work we would be happy to discuss other options with you to give you a more evenly whiter smile.

If you think teeth whitening is right for you then it’s time you turned to Dr. Kim at Apple Valley Dental today. Call us for a consultation.

By Apple Valley Dental
September 16, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Teeth WhiteningFind out how you can easily get a brighter smile just in time for the first weeks of school.

Whether you are a teacher looking to get a more vibrant smile, or you are a student looking to impress fellow classmates with your pearly whites, professional teeth whitening from your Apple Valley dentist Dr. Samuel Kim can give you the results you’re looking for.

How long does professional teeth whitening take?

You’ll be happy to hear that getting a whiter smile doesn’t take hours in the dentist’s chair, or even typically require more than one visit. The entire process only takes about 45 minutes for your Apple Valley dentist to complete. This is really no longer than sitting for your routine cleaning. Professional in-office whitening consists of three, 15-minute applications in which we apply the bleaching gel, activate it with a special light, remove the old gel and reapply a new layer. Three gel applications are all that’s required to get the results you want.

How effective is in-office teeth whitening as compared to commercial whitening products?

If you’ve ever used an over-the-counter whitening product, then you already know that the results are anything but significant. Often it takes weeks of using the product every day just to notice a slight change. But with teeth whitening in Apple Valley you can get a visibly brighter smile in just one visit.

The secret? Our professional-grade bleaching gel contains a high dosage of hydrogen peroxide that you won’t find in at-home products. Furthermore, the special laser we use helps to speed up the active ingredients in the bleaching gel to remove surface stains and brighten teeth enamel. Plus, in-office whitening is also the safest way to whiten your smile.

How much whiter will my smile get with professional teeth whitening?

While results will vary depending on the type and severity of your dental stains, one in-office whitening session could get your smile up to 10 shades brighter! No other product can offer such instant and effective results.

How can I make sure my whitened smile truly lasts?

Once you get teeth whitening at our Apple Valley office, your goal will be to keep your smile looking its best. After all, what’s the point of getting your teeth professionally whitened if you don’t want to maintain your results? Besides continuing to brush thoroughly twice a day and floss once a day you should also stay away from certain foods and drinks that can cause stains:

  • Sports drinks
  • Dark sodas
  • Wine
  • Coffee and tea
  • Fruit juices and berries
  • Dark condiments, dressings and sauces

Ready to get that picture-perfect smile before school? Then it’s time to call Apple Valley Dental to schedule your whitening session today!

When your teeth are healthy, fully functional, and a beautiful shade of white, that's dental perfection. Unfortunately for many of us, achieving that third ingredient in the trifecta of good dental health can be tough to come by. Even more frustrating is when, after teeth whitening services are applied to your mouth, your newfound bright and beautiful smile quickly subsides - leaving White Teethyour chompers back at an unappealing square one!

But that doesn't mean tried-and-true, just-for-you teeth whitening services can't be yours for the foreseeable future: at Apple Valley Dental, only the most efficient dental methods are employed to help perfect your smile once and for all. Samuel Kim, DDS, provides expert cosmetic dental services for a wide variety of dental problems, including in-office teeth whitening that can brighten your smile a noticeable three to eight shades in just one hour!

The convenience of in-office whitening extends to before the procedure, too, when getting an oral exam to ensure that your tooth discoloration isn't because of an underlying dental disaster that needs immediate treatment is the first priority.

After your teeth are whitened, though, it's largely up to you to make sure they stay that perfect shade of white. Check out how you can care for your brightened smile below:

How Long Will My Teeth Stay White?

Patients create their own answer for this one: depending on how well your teeth are cared for after they've been whitened, they can remain as beautiful as the day you left the dentist for anywhere between six months to two years, on average.

But when you brush and floss every day and continue to see the dentist for mandatory post-procedure check-ups, the length of time you can maintain whitened teeth extends considerably. Also, staying away from foods and drinks that can stain your teeth all over again (like red wine, tea, and coffee) while also abstaining from smoking can do wonders for your continued pearly whites.

If your teeth are ready to be whitened - and stay that way - today, then give Dr. Kim a call at (760) 247-6007 to speak with him about any concerns or questions you may have regarding your dental profile. After all, Dr. Kim will be with your whitened teeth every step of the way, whether it's a minor touch-up when you need it or future dental dilemmas you need help solving - so check out Apple Valley Dental for the brightest smile in Apple Valley, CA, today!