I get many questions from patients about a technique I use called minimally invasive dentistry
What is it? And, how is it different from traditional dentistry?
The goal of minimally invasive dentistry is to conserve healthy tooth structures. It focuses on prevention, remineralization, and minimal dentist intervention.
With high-tech tools, minimally invasive dentistry allows me to perform the least amount of
dental workneeded while, at the same time, never removing more of the tooth structure than is required to restore teeth to their normal condition. In addition, I am able to use materials that conserve teeth so that the need for future repairs is reduced – or, with proper care at home, eliminated!
Example of Minimally Invasive Dentistry
A simple example of how I use minimally invasive dentistry centers around a patient’s risk for tooth decay. If the presence of bacteria is high, I may advise a patient to use a particular mouthwash daily and always show him or her the proper way to brush and floss.
Believe it or not, the practice of minimally invasive dentistry begins at home with the patient and good oral hygiene.
Some of the common minimally invasive dentistry techniques I use include:
Remineralization: This is the process of restoring minerals in and around teeth. Fluoride plays a very important role in this technique.
Air abrasion: This technique is used instead of a traditional drill to remove decay – and usually does not require anesthesia. It resembles microscopic sand blasting and uses a steam of air combined with a super-fine abrasive powder.
Sealants: Sealants fit into the grooves and depressions of the tooth and act as a barrier, protecting it against acid and plaque. Sealants do not require any cutting of the tooth.
Inlays and onlays: Usually dentists use crowns to restore teeth, but inlays and onlays do not require them to remove as much of the tooth structure. Inlays are similar to fillings except that they are custom-made to fit the cavity in a tooth. Onlays are used for more substantial reconstruction but do not require removal of as much tooth as would a crown.
Minimally invasive dentistry allows my patients to feel comfortable and confident about the care they’re receiving in my office.
Set up an appointment – and see what it can do for YOU.