Resin Infiltration: A Microinvasive Treatment for Carious and Hypomineralised Enamel Lesions

  • Leandro A. HilgertEmail author
  • Soraya C. Leal


The rationale for using resin infiltration is based on the success achieved in obliterating the diffusion pathways of demineralised enamel with a low-viscosity resin. After treating enamel surface with an acid, and rinsing and drying, this resin is infiltrated into the lesion’s porous enamel, filling the voids and arresting carious lesion progression. This microinvasive technique is indicated for treating non-cavitated proximal lesions in both primary and permanent teeth. Also, resin infiltration may be used aesthetically to improve the appearance of white-spot lesions and other hypomineralised lesions in anterior teeth, since successfully infiltrated lesions clinically look similar to sound enamel. This chapter discusses the principles of the resin infiltration technique on the basis of the available scientific evidence and presents clinical applications of this treatment option.


Caries infiltration Infiltrant Enamel carious lesion White-spot lesion Microinvasive treatment 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Operative DentistryUniversity of BrasiliaBrasíliaBrazil
  2. 2.Department of Pediatric DentistryUniversity of BrasiliaBrasiliaBrazil

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