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What is non-vital whitening?

Non-vital whitening refers to a whitening treatment that is not available over the counter. It is used by a dentist to treat intrinsic staining on the teeth. Intrinsic staining is staining of the dentin, or the inner layer of the tooth.

Non-vital whitening is a whitening procedure done on a tooth that has had a root canal. Teeth having root canals can discolor over time. This procedure can be done without numbing. A bleaching material is placed inside the tooth and left until the tooth reaches the desired color. The bleaching material is then removed and the tooth is sealed with a white (composite) filling.

Non-vital tooth whitening is done on a tooth that has had a root canal and is dead, which means it no longer has a nerve. The tooth needs whitening because it is stained from the inside, where the pulp of the tooth used to be. To whiten the tooth, your dentist will drill into it and put a whitening agent inside. The tooth will then be covered with a temporary filling. After several days, the tooth should be whiter. Sometimes the procedure needs to be done again to get the tooth as white as the ones around it.

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