Resin Infiltration Specialist

Swati Agarwal, DDS

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Union Square, San Francisco, CA

You might think of white-spot lesions on the teeth as untreatable stains, but in truth, they’re an early sign of decay that needs treatment. At the office of Swati Agarwal, DDS, in the Union Square neighborhood of San Francisco, California, you can receive white-spot lesion treatment and protection with ICON resin infiltration. To learn more about the process, call the office or request an appointment online today.

Resin Infiltration Q&A

What is resin infiltration?

Resin infiltration is a minimally invasive cosmetic dental procedure that Dr. Agarwal performs to treat white-spot lesions on teeth. These lesions are different from stains because they’re lighter in color and come from different causes. They’re more than just stains - they’re an early sign of decay.

Dr. Agarwal uses ICON resin infiltration to treat and conceal the white spots on your teeth. The treatment is a quick way to remove the outermost layer of enamel and replace it with a more protective resin or porcelain coating. 

Can I benefit from resin infiltration?

Resin infiltration is a treatment for white-spot lesions, but you might be wondering what exactly they are and how they got there. While white-spot lesions aren’t too obvious of a cosmetic concern, they are a sign of declining tooth health.

There are a few reasons why you might be seeing an increasing number of white spots on the surfaces of your teeth, including:

  • Fluorosis (overexposure to fluoride)
  • Enamel hypoplasia (thinning)
  • Enamel demineralization
  • A low calcium diet
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Tooth trauma
  • Infections

Dr. Agarwal helps you explore any behaviors and habits that may have led to the development of white-spot lesions on your teeth. She also walks you through the process of resin infiltration as a treatment for them.

What are the steps of a resin infiltration procedure?

Resin infiltration is a relatively simple procedure that you can complete in one office visit. It’s gentle enough that you shouldn’t need numbing agents, but you can request sedation if you’re nervous about the procedure.

Dr. Agarwal begins the process by thoroughly cleaning your teeth. Next, she carefully removes the outermost layer of tooth enamel that covers the white-spot lesions. This enamel is preventing your teeth from absorbing calcium and other beneficial ions. 

After thoroughly drying the prepared teeth, Dr. Agarwal applies resin in small increments to fill and cover the lesions, which effectively replaces the removed enamel. She removes any excess resin and flosses the gaps between your teeth to prevent the treated teeth from bonding together. 

Dr. Agarwal cures the resin with a bright light between each layer application. As a final touch, she polishes the teeth. ICON resin infiltration results last for six years or longer, and you may or may not need a re-application.

If you see white-spot lesions forming on one or more of your teeth, call the office of Swati Agarwal, DDS, or request an appointment online for resin infiltration today.