Our mouths are filled with bacteria, and the foods that we eat, especially sugars and starches, help bacteria grow and produce acids. The acids eat into the protective enamel on teeth, creating flaws that weaken the tooth’s structure and eventually lead to tooth decay.
- The first stage of tooth decay is the demineralization of the tooth’s enamel, and when this happens, white spots appear on the tooth’s surface.
- The next stage is when the enamel breaks down more and the white spots become brown.
- After this, the decay reaches the tooth’s dentin.
- Until recently, signs of decay have been treated by drilling that removes it. After drilling, the hole, or cavity, is filled with filling material.
Today, if the decay is spotted before it reaches the dentin, the problem can be solved with infiltration treatment rather than drilling.
What is Infiltration Treatment?
When a dentist spots white or brown spots on a tooth, infiltration treatment uses resin to arrest decay’s development before it reaches the dentin. The resin penetrates the weak spots on the tooth’s enamel and hardens there. This serves three purposes:
- It smooths the tooth’s surface and eliminates spots on it.
- It stops decay before it destroys the tooth below the enamel.
- And, unlike traditional fillings, it does these things without destroying any of the healthy parts of the tooth.
Tooth filling with no drilling is a major advance in kids’ dentistry, stopping decay in its tracks without pain or destruction of healthy tooth surfaces.
We love welcoming new folks ‘round these parts. If you’re planning your first visit, be sure to take advantage of our new patient special. With a free second opinion consultation, we’ll make sure your little one gets started off on the right foot at our office.
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