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ICON Resin Infiltration

ICON Resin Infiltration 

ICON Resin Infiltration of white-spot lesions is a minimally invasive restorative treatment for post-ortho white-spot lesions (WSLs) and certain congenital hypocalcified enamel lesions (“hypo” spots).

The ICON treatment can improve the appearance of WSL’s or white/yellow/brown developmental spots on tooth surfaces.  Decalcifications are "pre-cavities" and if left untreated can progress into dental cavities that would then require traditional restorative treatment.

With the ICON Resin Infiltrate there is no need for removal of tooth structure (no drilling) and no anesthesia.  The goal is to arrest the progression of early cavity lesions.  It is a great option for teeth with small lesions that have not progressed enough to require "drilling and filling".  

In one visit the placement of the infiltrate can penetrate the teeth surfaces to preserve enamel structure and return the color of the teeth to their natural state! There are no shots or numbing and no drilling. It is much less invasive and less expensive than the alternatives of fillings or veneers. Untreated hypo spots often look worse after bleaching. Hypo spots treated with Icon will whiten similarly to the natural tooth enamel.

 ICON resin infiltration is considering to be a long term treatment solution. Research shows stability for at least 2 years. This is a treatment we offer to help fade the appearance of WSLs & hypo spots. We can not guarantee the spot will disappear completely, but in most cases it provides a significant cosmetic improvement in one simple, painless visit.

 WSLs are associated with subsurface enamel porosities caused by a cyclical imbalance between demineralization and remineralization of the enamel, resulting from poor hygiene and associated plaque, bacteria and acids. With time, reminerlization at the outer surface of the tooth decreases the access of calcium and other ions to deeper portions of the enamel, eventually arresting the lesion. The lesions look white because there is a scattering of light at the subsurface of the demineralized enamel. Hypo spots, or enamel bruising, are congenital enamel defects often caused by trauma or infection involving the primary teeth.

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