Melbourne Smile Clinic

Brown and white enamel spots

Tooth enamel can sometimes be affected with white or brown spots within the tooth substance. These enamel defects arise while the tooth enamel is being formed and are intrinsic to the tooth substance. Cleaning and brushing will not remove these spots. If small, they are not noticeable. But if large enough, the affected tooth can appear to be unclean or decayed. 

Removing these defects could involve drilling them out and placing a filling material in the tooth. However, at the Melbourne Smile Clinic, we want to take a conservative approach and treat the tooth enamel with a re-mineralising agent that can greatly reduce and even remove these spots without the need for invasive treatment. The pictures show a case of a large brown spot lesion on an anterior tooth that was successfully treated in such a way. 

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Only dental treatment deemed urgent can be provided and aerosol generating procedures are to be avoided. Patients will be asked to use a 0.2% chlorhexidine or 1.5% hydrogen peroxide mouthrinse prior to starting a procedure. Triage of patients will be carried out before an appointment is booked. Rubber dam for dental procedures will be used as much as possible.  Patients who have tested positive for Covid-19 or are awaiting test results, showing any symptom of covid-19 or have been in contact with an infected person are asked to delay dental visits. Social distancing measures have been set up in the waiting room as well as the staggering of appointments. Patients must use the alcohol-based handrub provided before and after treatment. For more information on restriction levels in Dental Practice, please click here . If you have a dental concern, please call us first to confirm whether the required treatment can be provided at this time. Thank you.