Resin infiltration is a minimally invasive technology used to fill in demineralized enamel. It works by closing up pores in the affected area to stop the progression of deteriorating acids and minerals.
At Swati Agarwal, DDS, our dentist specializes in resin infiltration and recommends this treatment to prevent the further deterioration of enamel. The procedure is successfully used to treat white spots and early-stage tooth decay or cavities.
The Resin Infiltration Procedure
Our dentist in San Francisco, CA, first examines the tooth to determine whether resin infiltration is suitable. This treatment is most effective for early-stage cavities and white spot lesions.
The dentist then isolates the affected tooth to keep it dry during the procedure, ensuring optimal bonding of the resin material. A mildly acidic solution is applied to the enamel surface to create microscopic pores, allowing the resin to penetrate and bond effectively. Next, a low-viscosity resin material is applied to the tooth's surface and gently pushed into the demineralized enamel.
A specialized curing light is then used to harden the resin, ensuring it bonds securely to the enamel. The treated tooth is polished to achieve a smooth and natural appearance, blending seamlessly with the surrounding teeth.
Following resin infiltration, maintaining good oral hygiene is essential to prevent future cavities and maintain the cosmetic benefits. Regular brushing, flossing, and checkups are recommended. Sometimes, the dentist may recommend fluoride treatment to strengthen the enamel further.
The Benefits of Resin Infiltration
Minimally Invasive Treatment
One of the most significant advantages of resin infiltration in San Francisco, CA, is its minimally invasive nature. Unlike traditional restorative procedures that involve drilling and the removal of healthy tooth structures, resin infiltration conserves your natural enamel. It is a gentle and patient-friendly option that prioritizes the preservation of your teeth.
Resin infiltration is a highly effective method for improving the aesthetics of your smile. It is particularly beneficial for addressing enamel defects like white spots, which can be visually distracting. By infiltrating the affected areas with resin, these defects are effectively masked, resulting in a smoother and more uniform tooth surface.
Preservation of Natural Tooth Structure
Preserving your natural tooth structure is vital for long-term oral health. Unlike traditional fillings or restorations, which may require the removal of healthy enamel, resin infiltration works with your existing tooth structure. This means that the procedure strengthens rather than weakens your teeth.
Resin infiltration is a minimally invasive and effective solution for addressing enamel defects and restoring the aesthetics and health of your teeth. Visit Swati Agarwal, DDS, at 500 Sutter St., Suite 615, San Francisco, CA 94102, or call (415) 952-1149 to determine if resin infiltration is the right option for enhancing your smile and oral health.