Do you suffer from unsightly white spots on your teeth? In the past, the only way to treat these white spot lesions involved shots, drilling and resin or porcelain restorations. Today, however, an easier alternative is available. Dr. Anna Vaysman, at Scottsdale Dental Bottega, offers an innovative and painless way to erase these lesions without the need for a highly invasive dental procedure. Call Scottsdale Dental Bottega to schedule an appointment to remove your white spot lesions today.
White spot lesions q & a
What are white spot lesions?
White spot lesions occur due to an imbalance of mineralization and remineralization on the teeth. Some portions of the enamel contain a higher concentration of minerals than other portions, which leads to uneven coloration. The lesions are areas where minerals cannot access deeper portions of the enamel; they look white because of the way light scatters when it hits the lesions.
what causes white spot lesions?
White Spot Lesions (WSLs) can occur due to several reasons:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Orthodontic treatment
What is Fluorosis?
The right amount of fluoride in your toothpaste and supplements will help strengthen your teeth, fight off cavities, and prevent tooth sensitivity. Too much fluoride, however, can cause teeth to appear discolored – a condition known as fluorosis.
When your permanent teeth are being formed, an overabundance of fluoride can lead to fluorosis. The inappropriate use of fluoride-containing dental products such as toothpaste and mouth rinses is a major cause. For example, children who like the taste of their toothpaste so much that they swallow it instead of spitting it out.
Other causes of fluorosis include taking a higher-than-prescribed amount of a fluoride supplement during early childhood or taking a fluoride supplement when fluoridated drinking water or fluoride-fortified juices and soft drinks already provide the right amount.
how can i get rid of white spot lesions?
Getting rid of white spot lesions is a multi-step process:
- Micro-abrade the teeth to expose the tubules
- Etch the teeth multiple times to ensure the resin infiltrates the teeth properly
- Keep the teeth dry and apply the special resin. The resin will infiltrate the lesions and soak into the teeth.
- Remove the extra resin and use a light to harden the portion that remains on the teeth.
- Polish the teeth to complete the new look. After treatment the teeth should have a significantly more uniform appearance.
- Treatment may last around an hour.
What are the Advantages of White SPot Lesion Treatment?
White Spot Lesion Treatment offers several benefits:
- Painless treatment that doesn’t involve needles
- Saves as much healthy tooth structure as possible
- Suitable for patients of all ages
- Cost effective
- Long lasting results that can be touched up over time
If left untreated, WSLs usually look worse after traditional teeth whitening treatments. However, after white spot lesion treatment, you are able to take full advantage of whitening your teeth with professional in-office whitening.
If you have white spot lesions – or any discoloration or stains – contact Scottsdale Dental Bottega today to find out what solution is best for you