CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · European Journal of General Dentistry 2014; 3(02): 93-99
DOI: 10.4103/2278-9626.134829
Review Article

Effects of different desensitizing agents on bleaching treatments

Lam Hoi Po
Private Practitioner, Hong Kong, UK
Nairn Wilson
1   Department of Dentistry, King′s College London, Dental Institute, London, UK
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The objective of this paper was to bring together and summarize the available information on the effects of different desensitizing agents on bleaching treatments. Information from all scientific papers and reviews identified in the Institute for Scientific Information Web of Science and PubMed using the search terms: Bleaching, whitening, brightening or color and desensitizing, fluoride, potassium nitrate, or amorphous calcium phosphate was included in the data collected and synthesized to produce the summary of findings and recommendations. The use of desensitizing agents in bleaching treatments may limit or control sensitivity, promote remineralization, increase enamel microhardness, and enhance the efficacy of the bleaching treatment. The use of desensitizing agents may exert a positive influence on the outcome of bleaching treatments.

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01 November 2021

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