Until now, dentists have had only two choices in the treatment of small cavities, known as incipient caries: using fluoride to restore enamel through remineralization, or “watch and wait” until it’s time to “drill and fill”.
Now, there is ICON. Developed in Europe over the past decade, ICON has been proven effective through numerous international studies. With ICON, Dr. Shvartsman can treat your small cavities without drilling, injections, or “watching” the cavity get bigger. ICON provides an entirely new and revolutionary approach to the treatment of white spots and incipient caries: a resin infiltrate. This breakthrough micro-technology fills and reinforces demineralized enamel without destructive drilling or painful shots. Instead of using the “watch and wait” approach, ICON can arrest the progress of early enamel caries, even up to the first third of the dentin. This can be done in one simple procedure, without unnecessary loss of healthy tooth structure. Simply stated: no more drilling!
Dr. Shvartsman is at the forefront of dental innovation and commitment to patient comfort.
Fluoride therapy, as well as other remineralizing agents, can take many months to treat caries, and they are not always effective: even though many dental patients are opposed to fluoride use, remineralizing protocols require daily application and are dependent on patient compliance. Conversely, mechanical removal of decay, whether by drill or laser, almost always sacrifices healthy tooth structure.
White spots on teeth are the result of weakened and demineralized enamel, and they are often the first sign of a new cavity. Additionally, many patients find these white spots unsightly. ICON can cosmetically remove white spots in just one visit! ICON is a highly aesthetic alternative to the destructive treatments of cariogenic white spots. It is one simple treatment with no drilling, no injections, and no noise, and it takes just ten minutes per tooth!
Patients who respond poorly to remineralization protocols are excellent candidates for ICON. ICON is not just minimally-invasive dentistry: it is micro-invasive. With ICON, the life expectancy of teeth is prolonged.
How does ICON work?
With ICON, the tooth is cleaned and treated with an acid in order to open up the enamel and dentin. Then, the tooth is dried with alcohol. Utilizing a specially-developed infuser tip, an ultra-thin resin is applied to the tooth surface. Through capillary action, a process similar to a sponge soaking up water, the weakened enamel and dentin absorb the resin over a period of three minutes. The tooth’s surface is then wiped clean, and the resin is hardened with a specialized blue LED light. That’s it! You can go have lunch, meet with a client, or simply enjoy not being numb!
Dr. Alex Shvartsman is the first and only dentist in the Smithtown, Long Island are to make ICON available to patients. Reserve an appointment with LI Center for Healthier Dentistry to see if you are a candidate for ICON drill-free dentistry. We are now accepting new patients!