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 Gregory C. Dilger D.D.S.           General Dentist            1353 Edgewater St.          West Salem          (503) 378-0466   

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Bleaching Post Op Instructions

Bleaching (Teeth whitening) is designed to lighten the color of your teeth.  Significant lightening can be achieved in the vast majority of cased, but the results cannot be guaranteed.  When done properly, the whitening will not harm your teeth or gums.  However, like any other treatment, it has some inherent risks and limitations.  These are seldom serious enough to discourage you from having your teeth whitened, but should be considered when deciding to have the treatment.   


Just about anyone is a candidate for teeth whitening.  However, people with dark yellow or yellow-brown teeth tend to whiten better than people with gray or bluish-gray teeth.  Multi-colored teeth, especially if stained due to tetracycline, do not whiten very well.  Teeth with many fillings, cavities, chips, etc., are usually best treated by bonding, porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns. 






               If you choose home whitening, it will only be effective if you conscientiously wear the tray for the prescribed number of hours for one to three weeks. 



               If you experience any severe discomfort or other problems, discontinue the bleaching and contact us immediately.  Most sensitivity usually transient and disappears after one to several days. 





               During the first 24 hours following whitening, some patients experience transient sensitivity.  This sensitivity is usually mild if your teeth are not normally sensitive.  With power whitening, this sensitivity will usually subside in 1-2 days.  With home whitening, it may be necessary for you to reduce the number of hours you are wearing the bleaching tray or stop using it for several days to resolve sensitivity. 


      However, if your teeth are normally sensitive, whitening may make your teeth more sensitive for an extended period of time.  Under these circumstances, you may choose to delay the whitening process until we are able to complete desensitization procedures.  


      If your teeth are sensitive after whitening, a mild analgesic such as Tylenol or Advil will usually be effective in making you more comfortable until your tooth sensitivity returns to normal. 


      B.     GUM IRRITATION 

               This is a result of a small amount of solution leaking under the gum protection.  A burning sensation on your gums may also occur.  This should resolve by itself between a few hours to a few days. 


               With home whitening, irritation can result from using the tray for too many hours when you first start whitening.  It may be necessary for you to reduce the number of hours you wear the tray or stop using it for a few days to resolve these gum problems. 



               Tooth-colored fillings will not whiten.  If the filling matches your current color, bleaching will result in miss-matched shades with your natural teeth.  You may need to have your old fillings replaced to match your newly whitened teeth. 





            There is no reliable way to predict how light your teeth will whiten.  With power whitening, one session usually significantly whitens your teeth.  Some patients require an additional session.  With home whitening, this may take two to four weeks or longer of repeated applications. 


      B. RELAPSE 

           Following completion of whitening, pigments found in food and drinks will re-stain your teeth, commonly called bleaching relapse.  To help prevent relapse, stop smoking and avoid foods that stain your teeth. 



December 3, 2009

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Dear Dr. Dilger:


It all started with my initial phone call to Dr. Dilger's office. I felt so comfortable from the start and after I came in for my first visit it's been all about what I want and what Dr. Dilger and his staff recommends for me. All around, it's been the best dental experience I've ever had.


Al P.




Going to the dentist used to be a nightmare experience for me. That's all changed when I came to Dr. Dilger. Dr. Dilger's office staff are so warm and welcoming. Visiting them is like going home. Dr. Dilger's calm and caring manner erased all my dental anxiety and for the first time in my life I found myself relaxed in a dental chair. Dr. Dilger and his staff really took the time to get to know me and my concerns. They talked with me about my fears and helped me address my anxiety. Now I visit the dentist and I'm not afraid. I can not express the difference Dr. Dilger has made in my dental life! Thanks so much Dr. D.


Molly F.




I love my new smile.  It was so easy too.  Nearly pain free.  I am considering my lower teeth at a later date.


Debbie E.