At our practice, we use minimally invasive dentistry, also known as microdentistry. This consists of techniques to help preserve tooth structure without overuse of “drilling and filling” and other invasive measures. Just as the word implies, this type of dentistry concentrates on using the least amount of dental intervention to conserve the health of your teeth. In minimally invasive dentistry, the removal of any part of a tooth structure is kept to only the minimal amount necessary to restore the tooth to its optimum state. This can be done in modern dentistry through the latest scientific advances.
The techniques used in minimally invasive dentistry include those that focus on prevention, remineralization, and minimally invasive restoration.
We start by assessing the health of your mouth and teeth and evaluating your risk for decay. Strategies are implemented to reduce any risk for decay, through dietary and other means. Reducing carbohydrates and sugars, adding the use of a daily mouthwash to decrease bacteria, and introducing other types of oral hygiene are examples of these methods.
Remineralization consists of restoring minerals to tooth structure. When teeth are porous, decay can occur more easily. Fluoride therapy is often used to remineralize teeth and is an important factor in this process. Dental sealants, generally constructed of plastic resin, also protect teeth from bacteria, acid, plaque, and potential decay. These are placed into the grooves of the tooth forming a durable barrier against such substances. Sealants can be fitted on any teeth which are vulnerable to decay.
Bite splints are another type of minimally invasive dental measure which is used to prevent grinding of the teeth, called bruxism. This harmful habit is often done in stressful situations or at night while sleeping. Grinding of the teeth can cause significant damage if not detected and prevented. A bite splint can be made for wear at night or when any type of stress occurs which will give your teeth the protection they need.
All of the above are the ways in which we can help conserve the long-term structure and health of your teeth without creating the possibility of future deterioration from overly invasive practices.