What is icon?
Icon and the method of resin infiltration has been the subject of numerous international studies which have yielded highly positive results
Studies carried out at prestigious universities confirm the efficacy of the principle of resin infiltration. Independent laboratory studies have been conducted since 2000.
Although Icon has only been available to US dentists since September 2009, the practical application of the product has been tested on patients in clinical studies for over two years showing that by using Icon the onset of cavities can be halted for many years.
What is Icon suitable for?
Icon can be used to treat the onset of early cavities both between teeth as well as on the "smooth surfaces" - without drilling. For this, the dentist has a choice of two treatment kits: "proximal" (for use between teeth) and for "smooth surfaces"
Does Icon treatment replace drilling?
Icon cannot be used in cases of advanced decay. This applies, in particular , where the cavity has formed a hole in the tooth. In this case, traditional filling with a drill would be required.
The treatment method for "resin infiltration" with Icon works during the initial stages of cavities. If cavities are therefore detected at an early stage, which requires regular checkups, they can be treated using Icon without drilling.
Icon is suitable when X-ray findings show mild lesion (early decay) progression; previously there has not been an appropriate treatment for this. Dr. Levi will be able to discuss the exact uses for it with you.
An Icon based therapy can intervene, where in the past, dentists have lacked a suitable treatment method and could only look on helplessly as early cavities continue to deteriorate until a filling was required. Icon therefore postpones the need for filling for many years.
Is the Icon treatment painful?
Icon treats early cavities to be treated without pain. No drilling, no anesthetic injection.
To apply Icon between teeth, the teeth need only be separated slightly with a dental wedge. Patients treated with these wedges have described this as a gentle pressure.
Icon has been used on children and teenagers in clinical trials. The trial participants did not report any pain.
Is Icon the same as a traditional filling?
Icon is not the same as traditional fillings, traditional fillings require drilling and require the removal of healthy tooth structure. The new resin infiltration method with Icon means that healthy tooth tissue can be preserved.
The onset of early cavities can be treated with Icon without having to drill.
This may increase the life expectancy of the tooth
The treatment is painless and can be done in a single sitting.