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Can I Whiten My Teeth If I Have a Cavity?

Closeup of a dentist evaluating the health of a patient's teeth and gums before teeth whitening

Before moving forward with professional teeth whitening, we’ll examine your smile to make sure it is healthy. You may wonder if cosmetic dentistry is still an option if you end up having tooth decay. Don’t worry–you can still get your smile whitened, we’ll just need to take care of the cavity first!

Acid-producing bacteria can erode your enamel, causing holes called cavities. If untreated, the hole will get bigger and bigger. Tooth decay can cause sensitivity, severe toothaches, gum disease, infections, and tooth loss. We usually treat cavities with a tooth-colored filling. But if the cavity is large or is accompanied by infection, we may need to restore your tooth with root canal therapy and a dental crown.

Teeth Whitening with a Cavity

Trying to whiten a tooth with a cavity will cause unnecessary pain because the bleaching chemicals can induce mild tooth sensitivity. Because cavities already increase sensitivity, getting your teeth whitened with untreated decay can hurt your tooth and gums. Cavities can also negatively affect the results of whitening treatment.

Professional Teeth Whitening Options

CarolinasDentist can whiten your teeth once we’ve treated any cavities you have! We offer both in-office ZOOM! whitening and at-home whitening kits. Our in-office session lasts about 90 minutes. Our team uses extra-strength bleaching gel and a special lamp that lightens your teeth up to 8 shades. Or you can get a whiter, brighter smile at home in 10-14 days with a custom bleaching tray and our detailed instructions.

Improve Your Smile at CarolinasDentist!

CarolinasDentist offers preventive care, pediatric dentistry, emergency care, sedation dentistry, restorative treatments, and cosmetic dentistry. If you want to get your teeth whitened, we’ll first assess your oral health for any problems, like cavities, and recommend treatment to get those resolved. If you’d like to schedule a whitening consultation, please contact one of our locations!

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