Single Tooth Whitening
(Internal Bleaching)

Same and next-day appointments are available

Do you have a tooth that looks gray, yellow, or red compared to adjacent teeth?

The appearance of a discolored tooth can affect your confidence. If only a single tooth is discolored, there is a high likelihood that it has an underlying root canal issue. Endodontic Excellence of Reston has a simple solution — internal bleaching. Also called single tooth whitening, internal bleaching can clear up any discoloration and make your teeth look uniformly white and clean.

Dr Wonhee Lee talking with patient

1. Consultation (45 minutes)

Meet one-on-one with your board-certified endodontist. Teeth can appear dark and stained for various reasons. Your consultation will include a specialized 3D x-ray (Cone Beam CT) of your teeth to understand the cause of your discoloration and ensure a highly accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plan.

2. Comfort Amenities

Your comfort is a top priority. During your endodontic procedure, we’ll set you up with a soft blanket, aromatherapy, music, and anything else you need to feel at ease. We offer pain-free anesthesia and sedation options, including nitrous and oral sedation.

3. Internal Bleaching Procedure

Your board-certified endodontist will remove the source of the discoloration and clean the internal surface of your tooth. Then the neck level of the tooth is sealed to make the procedure safe and complication-free. Finally, we’ll carefully prepare and deliver the bleaching material into the internal surface of the tooth and seal the tooth with a temporary filling material.

4. Returning Home

We’ll provide detailed aftercare instructions. A few days after treatment, you’ll begin to notice the shade of the tooth changing. Once it reaches the color that matches your adjacent teeth, the bleaching material can be removed from the tooth and will be ready for a permanent filling. A tooth with severe discoloration may require more than one round of internal bleaching.

Root canal experience redefined

The small things add up to something big — the very best patient experience

  • NPain-Free Anesthesia
  • NAromatherapy
  • NNetflix/Music
  • NSoft Blankets and Pillows
  • NWifi
  • NBeverage Station

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What causes single-tooth discoloration?
The outer surface of your teeth can stain from food, beverages, smoking, or aging. Staining can be reduced with professional or at-home teeth whitening procedures. However, your tooth can also stain from the inside, deep within the tooth, as a result of:
  • Dental trauma that ruptures blood vessels within the tooth
  • Tooth decay
  • Bacteria that cause tooth infection, and debris of infected tissue
  • Metallic filling in the root canal(s)
  • Tooth resorption
  • Certain medications

What’s the difference between teeth whitening and internal bleaching?

Professional teeth whitening is often called external bleaching. The most common methods of teeth whitening are in-office laser tooth whitening and take-home whitening treatments. Internal bleaching, however, is focused inside the tooth and the whitening process and is typically reserved for people who have had a root canal.

How long will it take to see results with single tooth whitening treatment?

You’ll begin to notice your tooth brightening within a few days. If you’re dealing with a tooth that has severe discoloration, we may recommend additional rounds of internal bleaching treatment.

What should I expect as your patient?

We proudly offer the very best patient experience! Get direct access to our endodontists during after-hours and weekends through calls or texts. We also offer complimentary follow-up exams and CBCT imaging. Discover the difference — learn more.

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11800 Sunrise Valley Dr., Suite #250
Reston, VA 20191
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Monday–Friday: 8am–6pm

  • (703) 429-9926

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