Restore Your Smile!!

Our teeth are continuously losing minerals from the enamel through demineralization, caused from warm cups of coffee, sports drinks, acid reflux, dry mouth, acids produced by bacteria, and plaque, among others. 


Dental decay remains a major public health problem in most communities even though the prevalence of cavities has decreased since the introduction of fluorides.  The focus in research of caries (cavities or decay) has recently shifted to the development of methodologies for the detection of the early stages of decay and the non-invasive treatment of this decay.  Topical fluoride ions in the presence of calcium and phosphate ions, promote the formation of fluorapatite in the tooth enamel by a process called remineralization.  The non-invasive treatment of early caries by remineralization has the potential to be a major advance in the clinical management of tooth decay. 

Minimal intervention is a key phrase in today’s dental practice.  Minimal intervention dentistry focuses on the most conservative treatment options possible in order to minimize tissue loss and patient discomfort.  A biological or therapeutic approach to preserving dental health is the usage and application of remineralizing agents to tooth structure rather than the traditional surgical approach for early surface lesions.  Remineralizing agents help to protect and rebuild tooth surfaces, creating a healthier and more vibrant smile. 

When applied after brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, the calcium, phosphate, and fluoride ions will combine to enhance the remineralizing activity.

For patients with extensive caries, remineralizing agents can stabilize the oral environment while lifestyle changes are being undertaken.  The teeth of patients with severe caries and tooth wear can be remineralized very rapidly, allowing more conservative restorations to be placed. 

Elderly patients with salivary dysfunction (dry mouth) linked to their medications can undergo a rapid increase in the risk of both coronal and root surface decay.  By elevating levels of calcium and phosphate in saliva and dental plaque, remineralizing agents can reduce the harmful effects of plaque-derived acids and drive remineralization.