Professional Dental Treatment for in Randolph, NJ
Aside from being a cosmetic concern, white spots on teeth can be a primary indicator of tooth decay. Fortunately, several treatments are available to help reduce their appearance or eliminate them entirely.
White spots are an indication of weak or demineralized enamel, which could lead to a cavity. Some of these spots can be genetic or due to trauma, but most are caused by a breakdown of the enamel layer that makes it appear opaque. Bacteria accumulation from poor oral hygiene and a high-sugar diet produces acids that destroy the intact enamel, creating white spots on the teeth.
Can White Spots Be Avoided?
The best way to treat white spots on teeth is to stop them from ever occurring. To do this, avoid sugary and highly acidic foods such as sour candies, sodas, juices, and acidic fruits like lemons. Maintaining good oral hygiene by brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and regularly using mouthwash is also key to prevent bacteria in plaque from creating white spots.
Treating white spots on teeth is sometimes as simple as applying topical gels or sealants. One popular option involves opening the pores of the tooth and applying a high concentration of a paste that releases calcium and phosphate to the enamel surface, helping remineralization. Another treatment option is the placement of a very thin layer of resin to fill in the weakened pores. The resin material blends into the color of the tooth, minimizing the appearance of the white spot.
If these conservative options are not enough to eliminate or minimize the appearance, a more extensive treatment such as microabrasion, composite fillings, or porcelain veneers or crowns may be recommended.
Seidner Dentistry & Associates excels in treating white spots on teeth and other cosmetic concerns at our office in Randolph, New Jersey. To schedule an appointment and learn about your treatment options, contact our friendly professionals today at 973-891-0288.