When gums become white and sore after the teeth whitening procedure, how long will it take to heal or return to pink again?
When Do White Gums Return to Normal Color After Teeth Whitening?
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Two Ways To Keep Gum Irritation To A Minimum When Bleaching
It is common for gum tissue to get irritated following a bleaching procedure. The tissue of the affected area will typically turn white before changing to a red appearance the next day. The tissue is usually back to normal with 48-72 hours. There are two ways to keep this tissue irritation to a minimum. First, make sure that your bleaching trays are custom made at a dental office to ensure a tight fit. Also, be sure after inserting the trays you take your finger and wipe any excess bleach that may initially come out of the tray when it is being seated. These two things should keep gingival irritation to a minimum while bleaching.
White gums after whitening
White gums is usually caused by chemicals in the whitening gel. Recovery depends on the duration of gel contact. Typically, it can take form couple of minutes to couple of hours. If irritation consists please consult with your dentist.
Tooth whitening and gum irritation
When whitening gel comes in contact with the gum tissue, pain and change in gum color can happen. Usually this heals within a few hours to one or two days. This is not unusual and not a problem as long as it is only occasional and not going on continuously.
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Gum irritation after teeth whitening
Active component of the whinening gels with high concentrations can significantly irritate gums. In some situations it can lead to discolorations of gum tissue, pain, discomfort and even necrosis. Whitening gels should be used with appropriate custom trays and for a limited amount of time. Usually it takes a couple of days to heal the burn from whitening gel and relieve the discomfort.
My Gums Got White After Teeth Beaching. When Will They Go Back to Their Normal Pink Color?
The most likely reasons your gums became white are that bleach spilled out of the tray onto the gums. This is caused most frequently when the dentist did not trim back the tray enough. So first thing is I would recommend returning to your dentist and have him/her make sure your bleaching trays have been trimmed properly.
The second reason is just using too much bleaching gel and then not wiping off the overflow off of your gums.
Regarding how long will it take for your gums to return to normal? Could be anywhere between a few hours to few days. Teeth bleaching gel is only slightly irritating to the gum tissue, so I would expect normalcy to return soon and than there would be no residual damage.
Whitening Can Cause Soreness to Teeth and Gums
White color in the gums
The white color to the gums after bleaching is a chemical irritation from the peroxide in the bleach. this is nothing to worry about and usually returns to the normal color in a few hours. This happens if the bleach gets under the barrier that was applied. There are no long term affects from a one time exposure.
How Long for White Gums to Return to Pink After Bleaching?
Sounds like you had some bleach come into contact with your gums, while this is unfortunate and can happen even under the most careful supervision there is really nothing to be overly concerned with. The pink color generally returns completely within a few hours.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.
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