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Indian Dental Network posted a case

11 days ago

Clinical question: What would you do—internal bleaching or crowns?

Courtesy: Dr. Stacey

A young patient presented for a consult to consider endo/internal bleaching on nos. 9–11. An endodontist would like your perspective on the various treatment options.

Here’s a question from an endodontic colleague, asking for insight from our various perspectives regarding this scenario. Take a read...

Is endo/internal bleaching considered aggressive or conservative compared to full-crown coverage? How about when multiple teeth are involved?

I recently had a young lady come in with multiple teeth darkened from trauma that happened years ago. It was for a consult to consider endo/internal bleaching. The patient was given the alternative for full-crown coverage on teeth nos. 9–11, with no. 9 being slightly darkened, no. 10 more so, and no. 11 in the initial stages (as compared to the normative opposing incisors). The lesion on no. 10 (which one can guess is from trauma due to the very limited restoratives; figure 1) was the main reason for being referred. Of course, there is the esthetic issue as well.

So, which do you think?

1. Endodontic treatment of no. 9, 10, and 11 (with conservative accesses) with internal bleaching and lingual restorations posttreatment? Or…

2. Treat no. 10 and then do full porcelain coverage on all incisors since the shading is light enough for coverage and no show-through.

Is taking a bur to the teeth too aggressive? Is it practical? Internal bleaching has its drawbacks and may not be the best definitive long-term solution the patient is looking for. Time is money; perspective is everything.

State your case and why you feel that way, and I’ll post the responses for everyone to reflect on. Looking forward to the discussion!

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