We’re fortunate to live in an age of booming technology and medical advancements. With the constant influx of research, however, it can be overwhelming to stay up to date with the latest best practices, especially true when it comes to dental care.
The traditional restorative care you likely grew up with (i.e., a lot of drilling) is out, and minimally invasive dentistry is in. This less-is-more approach is both effective and comforting to adults and children alike.
MINIMALLY INVASIVE DENTISTRY AND ITS PRINCIPLES
Minimally invasive dentistry aims to preserve original tissue and conserve healthy tooth structure. This proactive philosophy strives to detect caries (cavities) at the earliest level. In this way, dentists are better able to diagnose, intercept, and treat caries in a less invasive manner.
- Prevention: Preventative dentistry and oral healthcare routines remain paramount in establishing a healthy smile. Prevention is a cornerstone of minimally invasive dentistry.
Risk-assessment: Dental exams continue to assess the risk of tooth decay and carious lesions with an increased focus on early disease detection and prevention.
Remineralization strategies: Cutting-edge research confirms that there are many strategies in which your original tooth structure can help repair itself. New biocompatible materials allow dentists to fill lesions to prevent future cavity fillings.
The shift from “replacement” to “repair”: There is now a re prioritization of respect for your original tissue. Drill-use and large fillings have become more of a last resort than a knee-jerk response.
Less invasive: Perhaps the most exciting principle for patients, is that procedures are typically less invasive. Even as you lower your costs and anxiety, feel free to keep your expectations high.
MINIMALLY INVASIVE DENTISTRY FOR INFANTS, CHILDREN, AND ADOLESCENTS
The image of a drill-happy dentist is typical of traditional restorative dentistry. It is also, however, outdated. The basics of preventative care, such as brushing twice a day, flossing, and biannual dental exams and cleanings remain the same.
Minimally invasive dentistry offers an opportunity to build a more positive association between dental visits and oral health for your little ones!
NEXT STEPS: CHOOSING THE RIGHT DENTIST
As the understanding of cavities has grown over the years, so has the adoption of minimally invasive dentistry principles. Yet, not all dental practices are on board. It is crucial to find a dental practice whose values align seamlessly with your own. It’s also essential that the practice’s vision remains unified across all team members–from the dentist to the hygenist to the front office team member!
Dentistry is continuously changing, but finding a dentist who stays up-to-date to provide the best care for you and your loved ones? Now, that’s something to smile about.
In search of a new dentist for your child? Contact us to schedule an appointment today!