Minimally Invasive Dentistry

Minimally invasive dentistry may not be a term with which dental patients are familiar, but in our office we use such techniques every day. Procedures such as remineralization, sealing, inlays and onlays help to conserve healthy tooth structure, which is better for the long-term health of teeth. They allow us to perform the least amount of dentistry needed while not removing more of the tooth structure than is required.

One technique used in minimally invasive dentistry is remineralization, which is the process of restoring minerals. It can repair the damage created by the demineralization process, which creates cavities. Another is to recognize dental decay as a disease to be treated, not just holes in the teeth to be filled. Our use of M.I. Paste and the CariFree system are two valued tools in this treatment philosophy.

Another technique used is sealing. Sealants are usually made of plastic resin and protect teeth from bacteria that cause decay. They fit into the depressions of the tooth and act as a barrier to protect against plaque. Another example of minimally invasive techniques is our use of inlays, onlays and three-quarter crowns instead of full-coverage crowns to restore teeth because we do not have to remove as much of the tooth structure as is required with a full crown.

Facts about minimally invasive dentistry:

  • Its goal is to conserve healthy tooth structure and allow us to perform the least amount of dentistry needed.
  • The focus is on prevention, remineralization, and minimal dentist intervention.
  • It will help you keep your own teeth for a lifetime.

Adapted from AGD Oral Health Resources

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