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Quintessence International

Edited by Eli Eliav

ISSN 0033-6572 (print) • ISSN 1936-7163 (online)

October 2009
Volume 40 , Issue 9

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Masking of labial enamel white spot lesions by resin infiltration—A clinical report

Sebastian Paris, DDS/Hendrik Meyer-Lueckel, DDS, PhD

Pages: 713–718
PMID: 19862396

This article describes a novel approach to treat smooth-surface white spot lesions micro-invasively. The technique is based on the infiltration of enamel caries lesions with low-viscosity light-curing resins called infiltrants. After the surface layer is eroded, the lesions are desiccated and a resin infiltrant is applied. The resin penetrates into the lesion micro-porosities driven by capillary forces and is subsequently hardened. Infiltrated lesions lose their whitish appearance and look similar to sound enamel. Additionally, the treatment prevents lesion progression. The proposed technique might be an alternative to microabrasion and restorative treatment, in particular for white spot lesions of esthetically relevant teeth. (Quintessence Int 2009;40:713–718)

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