Drilling? No Thanks! Treating White Spot Lesions with ICON

Drilling? No Thanks! Treating White Spot Lesions with ICON

Have you noticed white or brown spots on your front teeth? Perhaps you had braces as a child and ended up with white areas of decalcification around where the brackets were. Or maybe brown mottling on the front teeth from fluorosis? We may have the solution for you, and it involves no drilling whatsoever!

These areas of decalcification are not just of aesthetic concern, they are weaker spots in the enamel. Essentially, these spots are early cavities. In the past, we would treat these areas with fluoride to help make them stronger, use the “wait and see” approach and only treat the spots if they got worse. Treatment would have involved using a drill and placing a traditional white filling or, if the decalcification was severe, placing veneers or crowns. We now have a product that allows us to treat these weakened areas without removing healthy tooth structure. By using ICON, the filling material seeps into the enamel to help strengthen and even out colour. Think of the tooth like a piece of chalk.  What would happen if you placed a Sharpee marker against it?  The chalk would soak up the colour. ICON works in much the same way.

Our goal at Simcoe Family Dentistry is to treat cavities in as minimally invasive a way as possible. We were very excited to see the results of ICON for ourselves!

Benefits of using ICON for infiltration of early cavities:

  • Can be completed in one visit for an immediate result
  • Stops early cavities
  • Minimally invasive technique
  • Provides strength to the tooth
  • No ridges to collect stains (seen sometimes around fillings on the front teeth)
  • Preserves healthy tooth structure (no drilling!)

If you are looking for a dentist in Barrie who is able to provide this service, you have come to the right place! Please give us a call at 705 792 0079. We would love to have the opportunity to help you get the smile you have always wanted!