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Early Cavity Care For A Long Lasting Smile

At Affiliated Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics our mission is to provide the families of Scottsdale, North Phoenix, areas with everything they need to have a radiant smile, all in one place. That’s why we offer only the best in orthodontic and pediatric dental care to our patients.  This is made possible by our experienced staff and the state-of-the-art technology that we utilize for treatment. We aim to stay on the cutting-edge of oral health care, by offering a range of different types of braces with orthodontics, to one of the newest dental treatment methods for creating long-lasting smiles that we are proud to now offer our patients: Icon. 

Use of Icon

Our pediatric dentists use Icon to help stop the tooth decay while keeping cavities from worsening. This is just another way we ensure that you and your child have a comfortable and pleasant experience at APDO. 

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What Is Icon Treatment?

As kids enter their teens, they enter one of the most crucial stages of their oral development. By age 13, all of their adult teeth are likely to have erupted.  This means that the smile they have at that point is the one that needs to last them for the rest of their life. One of the biggest and most common threats to a healthy smile is the early onset of cavities and the great risk they pose if left untreated. 

Icon treatment is a new way our pediatric dentists can help stop the progression of an early cavity and help smiles last longer. Cavities are the result of acids in your mouth.  These acids suck the calcium out of a tooth and deteriorate teeth.   Icon flows into the tiny pores in tooth enamel then fills and reinforces that enamel.  This stops the outer progression of the cavity.

What Are The Benefits Of Icon Treatment

Some of the main advantages for kids receiving early dental care with Icon treatment include: 

  • Preserving Healthy Tooth Structure - By treating small early cavities before they have a chance to develop, it eliminates the need for drilling away tooth decay.  This  leaves more healthy tooth structure intact.
  • Improved Lifespan Of Teeth - Icon treatment prevents cavities from advancing on to later stages, meaning your child’s teeth don’t suffer as much damage as they would have. As a result, they have a smile that will last much longer.
  • Pain Free - Icon treatment does not require a numbing procedure, since it is simple, fast, and comfortable. 

For kids, getting icon treatment is designed to prevent small cavities from growing bigger and requiring a filling.  Instead, Icon paves the way for a healthy smile that is strong and protected. 

How Does Icon Treatment Work?

Early stage cavities between the teeth are detected using x-rays.  To treat these with Icon, our dentists first use a special rubber band to slightly separate the teeth.  The affected tooth will be gently and painlessly prepared with a special dental gel.  Our dentists then use an ultra-thin applicator to fill the early cavity with Icon.

For cavities on the smooth surface of the tooth that often appear as chalky white spots, Icon provides an easy cosmetic treatment.  White spots treated with Icon take on the appearance of the surrounding healthy enamel, restoring the natural look of the tooth.  See images below:

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However, Icon is only appropriate for treating cavities in early stages.  Cavities that have progressed beyond the early stage will need a conventional filling or other treatment.  Check out this link from “Dentistry Today” that shows just a few of the patients we’ve treated with Icon. 

Contact Us & Schedule An Appointment Today!

If you have any questions about Icon treatment or would like to schedule an appointment to see if your child is an eligible candidate for Icon, just contact us! A member of our team will be more than happy to assist you and provide you with all of the information you need. For appointments, you can also use our easy to use online appointment request form. We proudly offer Icon treatment out of both of our offices in Scottsdale, AZ. If you’re looking for a team that you can rely on to provide you and your family with the dental and orthodontic care that you deserve, look no further than Affiliated Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics. We look forward to help you and your kids achieve healthy, radiant smiles with the quality care that our practice is known for. We hope to see you soon!