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Do You Like the Idea of Minimally Invasive Dentistry? We Do, Too!

Laser DentistryJust a few decades ago, dentistry was not very good at presenting itself as minimally invasive. In fact, the very term “minimally invasive” has developed over the past few years as a direct result of innovative technology in medicine and dentistry. We are so pleased to work in our field in this day and age because advances in dental instruments, materials, and techniques help us provide the highest standard of care to our patients.

What makes dentistry “minimally invasive?”

There are a few key elements that make dentistry minimally invasive. These include:

  • A focus on disease prevention first, and restorative treatment, second.
  • A belief that natural tooth structure has more value than artificial restorations.
  • The commitment to preserve natural tooth structure as much as possible.
  • The use of conservative treatment techniques as often as possible.

Steps Toward Prevention

Most of the dental problems that require treatment are preventable. This is an important detail to know because it is the detail that empowers every person to avoid painful problems. How we prevent problems like cavities and gum disease is simple and straightforward:

  • Brush for two minutes, every morning and night.
  • Floss every night.
  • Obtain professional cleanings twice a year.
  • Obtain preventive treatments like topical fluoride or dental sealants as needed to remineralize and protect susceptible teeth.

Steps to Preservation

If restorative care is needed, the focus is placed on keeping organic tooth material as intact as possible. One example of how dentistry has become minimally invasive regarding restorations is the widespread use of composite fillings in place of amalgams. Amalgam fillings have historically been referred to as silver fillings. Because amalgam does not bond to enamel, this type of filling requires more extensive alteration of tooth structure. A “lip” needs to be made in the tooth to hold the cured amalgam is filling in place. The minimally invasive alternative is to bond composite filling material to the tooth.

Another example of minimally invasive dentistry is the use of laser devices to gently treat soft and hard tissues. For example, lasers are often used to remove damaged tooth material in preparation for a composite filling. Because laser light vaporizes tissue, there is no need for drilling and the resulting heat and vibration from the standard dental drill.

We are pleased to offer minimally invasive dental care to patients from Methuen, MA, and Windham, NH. Contact an office near you to schedule your visit.