At Advanced Dental we practice minimally invasive dentistry which aims to conserve as much healthy tooth structure as possible. This modern focus on minimal dentist intervention allows Dr. Maroon to perform the least amount of dentistry needed to restore teeth to their natural condition. This model never removes more tooth structure than is absolutely necessary meaning that restorations are more comfortable for patients and can be less costly.
How It Works
The “minimally invasive” approach to treating tooth decay incorporates the dental science of detecting, diagnosing, intercepting and treating dental caries on the microscopic level. Often our teeth are susceptible to bacteria that can cause decay. This may include the quantity and quality of the saliva we produce, your diet, and your oral health habits. Some of us have congenital factors that contribute to our teeth’s susceptibility to oral health issues. When we experience these types of issues, there are many minimally invasive dentistry techniques we can turn to remedy the problems, including:
Remineralization– This is a process in which minerals are returned to the structure of the tooth. As our teeth age, they can become more porous which allows for bacteria to set in and causes the onset of decay. When the rate of decay supersedes the rate at which the teeth naturally remineralize, cavities can form. To remedy this fluoride therapy is used to promote remineralization. This does not actually prevent cavities but controls the speed at which they can develop.
Air Abrasion– Air abrasion is used as a substitute to drilling. It uses a stream of air combined with a super-fine abrasive powder to effectively remove decay without removing healthy tooth structure.
Inlays and Onlays– Before minimally invasive dentistry dentists often used crowns to restore teeth. The placement of crowns requires removal of healthy tooth structure so that the restoration can be effectively set. Inlays and onlays, however, do not require the removal of as much healthy tooth structure as dental crowns.