What is Enamel Microabrasion?
Enamel microabrasion is a minimally-invasive dental procedure used to improved the appearance of teeth affected by brown, mottled, blotchy or patchy white spots.
The procedure corrects localised tooth discolouration and surface irregularities up to a maximum depth of 0.2mm and can be considered in cases where there is an uneven pattern of shading.
What Can Enamel Microabrasion Address?
- mild and moderate fluorosis – brown and mottled appearance
- white spots after orthodontic treatment
- mineralised white spot
- amelogenesis imperfecta
- surface irregularities due to localised trauma
What does Enamel Microabrasion involve?
An acid-abrasive gel is applied to your teeth under proper safety isolation. The gel is brushed/buffed into the tooth surface with light pressure for a couple of minutes until the affected enamel lesions gradually disappear. The process may be repeated a number of times for more stubborn and deeper discolourations.
After the procedure, the home application of a remineralising cream such as CG Tooth Mousse is recommended to aid in further reduction of the discolouration.
The procedure does not require any numbing and is free from discomfort. Because the procedure is minimally invasive, young children with patchy permanent front teeth can be safely treated with this technique.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
What is the success of Enamel Microabrasion?
Enamel microabrasion can be successful in cases of superficial enamel defects up to 0.2mm in depth. Deeper affected areas may be more resistant to the treatment and may require additional tooth whitening to reduce their appearance.
While we are unable to predict the depth of your discoloured lesions, less invasive techniques such as microabrasion and tooth whitening should be considered first due to their conservative nature.
Restorative treatments such as composite fillings or veneers may be the next step if enamel microabrasion and whitening are unable to achieve the desired result.
To see if enamel microabrasion is appropriate for you, give us a call on 07 3357 4177 today to arrange an appointment.