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Enamel Remineralization Treatment

Who is this for?

Enamel remineralization is indicated with localized decalcification, hypo calcification, demineralization, “white spots,” or other conditions resulting in an irregular enamel appearance.

How does it work?

mi paste plusAfter the teeth have been isolated, the enamel is prepped through micro abrasion in order to open up the “pores” by lightly pumicing the surface followed by a phosphoric etch. This will only affect the surface (in fact improving it), but not the subsurface. Regeneration of the subsurface immediately after micro abrasion can address the underlying opacity and maximize the aesthetic benefit of treatment. Once the tooth is condition, Calcium Phosphate, Sodium Fluoride and RECALDENT penetrate the “pores” (enamel rods), improving appearance, sensitivity and strength of the tooth. This process is repeated twice during each appointment with at least three appointments scheduled over 3 to 4 weeks ideally. Following the in-office treatment and for the duration of the 4 week cycle, the patient will need to apply MI Paste with a clean finger or tray to all treated teeth after their normal brushing routine morning and night.

enamel remineralization

What are the benefits?

  • enamel remineralizationTreated teeth appear whiter/brighter
  • White spots either disappear completely or appear more blended with surrounding enamel
  • Treated teeth are more resistant to acid erosion and demineralization/decay
  • Treated teeth are less sensitive
  • Less translucency along incisal edge leading to more youthful appearance of teeth

Are there any risks?

Patients who have milk protein allergies should not use MI Paste (NOT the same as lactose intolerance)

It is also suggested that patient refrain from ingesting staining products during the remineralization cycle since, after etching; the dental tubules are wide open and can easily pick up stains. Avoid wine, tea, coffee, cola drinks, tomato sauce, etc…and if patients choose to indulge, keep to a minimum and always drinking through a straw

Results will vary from patient and even tooth to tooth depending on the depth of the white spot lesion. The deeper the lesion, the longer it may take for desired results and more cycles required

Optimal esthetic benefits cannot be guaranteed due to the many variation in lesion size and depth

The patient’s home compliance with applying the MI Paste 2x daily and avoiding stain causing materials is key in reaching desired results

Post op sensitivity may be a risk in patients with any root or dentin exposure

Surface roughness of enamel which typically subsides with patient’s home compliance of applying the MI paste 2x daily for up to 6 weeks

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