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ICON – It’s New, It’s Cool, and It’s Good For Teeth!

November 21, 2013

Filed under: Cavities and Dental Decay,Fillings,Tooth Decay — Tags: — Dr Gillis @ 7:12 pm

When a tooth starts to decay, the tooth looses minerals in the affected area and gradually becomes weaker and weaker until a soft area or hole forms in the tooth – a cavity.  Early tooth decay may be treated as an area to ‘watch’ by your dentist. As the tooth decay progresses, the tooth is usually treated by drilling out the weak area and restoring the tooth with a filling.  There is now a way to treat early cavities WITHOUT drilling, and usually WITHOUT anesthetic!  If a cavity occurs between two teeth – as they often do – the only way to treat the cavity or tooth decay is to grind away the tooth structure above the cavity and restore the whole side of the tooth.

In September 2009 DMG America came out with a new product for dentists known as ICON, My treatment assistant, Regina, shares this information:

Rather than drilling out the decay, the ICON carrier is placed between the teeth to access the cavity.

Rather than drilling out the decay, the ICON carrier is placed between the teeth to access the cavity.

 

ICON stands for infiltration concept.

The special carrier is porous on one side only so only the tooth that needs to be conditioned (see green) is treated!

The special carrier is porous on one side only so only the tooth that needs to be conditioned (see green) is treated!

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A very special material is infiltrated into the conditioned tooth to stop the progress of decay!

Now dentists with the use of this new technology can treat incipient or early tooth decay upon discovery without waiting for the tooth decay to progress into the soft tooth stage when anesthetic and drilling of the teeth is required.   The ICON treatment helps stop the progression of tooth decay when treated in the early stages. This increases the life expectancy for the tooth and is minimally-invasive.   Previously dentists had to “wait and watch” until the cavity or tooth decay was big enough to justify drilling which sacrificed healthy tooth structure.

ICON works by placing a few solutions that spontaneous flow around the area being treated then hardened by a light which bonds the material to the tooth.  The area is then evaluated annually with bite-wing x-rays.  This same technique can be used to treat white spot lesions to stabilize the demineralized enamel area, and give teeth the appearance of the surrounding healthy enamel.

Our office would be happy to tell you about what is going on in your mouth in as much detail as you would like.   Our office is located in Grand Junction, Colorado.  Our office phone number is (970) 242-3635.  You can email us at jgillis@juliegillisdds.com.   We would love for you to ‘like’ us on our office’s Facebook page!  Please find us at Julie M Gillis DDS PC.

As always, yours for better dental health,

 Julie Gillis, DDS

Restoring Smiles/Restoring Health

You can see here the infiltrating material flowing through the special carrier into the conditioned tooth.

You can see here the infiltrating material flowing through the special carrier into the conditioned tooth.

A curing light is used to fuse the infiltrate into the pores of the tooth. The weak area is effectively sealed from further progression of decay!

A curing light is used to fuse the infiltrate into the pores of the tooth. The weak area is effectively sealed from further

progression of decay!

 

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