Minimally Invasive Dentistry Mountain View
Modern cosmetic dentistry focuses on the principle of minimally invasive dentistry which serves to preserve as much natural tooth structure as possible when restoring worn or damaged dentition. Once natural tooth structure is lost, either from decay, gum disease, or drilling by the dentist it cannot simply grow back. It is forever gone and its maintenance can become an issue as restorative devices have a finite lifespan and will not last forever.
Minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry then serves to conserve healthy tooth structure by allowing the dentist to perform the least amount of dentistry needed. This entails never removing more tooth structure than is required to restore teeth to their optimal condition. In addition to performing only what dental treatments are necessary to regain dental health, cosmetic dentists also use durable dental materials that conserve maximum tooth structure so that the need for future repairs is reduced.
What Minimally Invasive Dentistry Techniques are Used?
Currently minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry approaches involve the use of air abrasion, laser treatment or treatments that are designed to repair teeth rather than to replace them. The focus lies heavily within the field of cavity repair but has also been seen in other cosmetic dentistry fields. One of the early leaders of preventative dentistry, Dr. Miles Markley, described minimally invasive dentistry best:
“the loss of even a part of a human tooth should be considered a serious injury and dentistry’s goal should be to preserve healthy and natural tooth structure.”
The avoidance of aggressive preparation treatments will aid in the health of millions of teeth and assist in their long-term function and appearance.