Minimally Invasive Restorative Dentsitry

At our practice, our focus is to heal the oral cavity in the most gentle and minimally invasive way possible. We want to be able to create a safe and nurturing environment to address each child’s needs. The therapies we utilize to mend childhood cavities focus on preserving as much healthy tooth structure as possible. Our soft approach minimizes the need for extensive and lengthy treatments. Instead, it emphasizes early detection, preventive measures, and conservative treatment options tailored to the individual needs of your child.

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Some of the more Non-Invasive therapies that we offer to the children in our practice include:

  • Dental Sealants: Applying a thin protective coating to the chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth, which act as an almost invisible barrier on the teeth (usually placed on permanent molars) to prevent future decay
  • Resin Infiltration: Ideal for treating the earlier stages of tooth decay, resin infiltration involves applying a very runny (almost water like) tooth-colored material to any new forming cavities. This material fill the pores of this initial cavities and helps strengthen and reinforce those weaker areas of the tooth. This process is painless, involves no numbing, and is highly effective. Resin infiltration provides durable and long-lasting results when combined with proper oral hygiene practices and regular dental check-ups. It helps maintain the structural integrity of the tooth and reduces the likelihood of further decay.
  • Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF): Used in many countries for hundreds of year, SDF is an incredibly powerful liquid that when applied to a tooth surface for just one minute has the remarkable ability to stop the progression of a cavity. In our younger children, this is often an incredible intervention to help protect an existing cavity from worsening, while buying time for the child to grow and tolerate more traditional therapies.

 

How are Baby Teeth and Permanent Teeth Different?

When a child has a dental cavity that can be resolved with one of the above therapies, our practice focuses on ensuring that even a more traditional filling is done with the child’s overall wellness in mind. We utilize biomimetic restorative materials which closely mimic the natural tooth structure and color. The focus here is to achieve conservative approaches to traditional dentistry that aim to preserve as much healthy tooth structure as possible. Some commonly types of biomimetic materials include:

  1. Composite Resins: Composite resins are tooth-colored materials that resemble the natural appearance of teeth. They can withstand the forces of chewing and bond well to the surrounding tooth structure and can be shaped and polished to match the surrounding teeth, providing both aesthetic and functional filling for your child. These have longevity and are well studied in dental literature for their longevity. 
  2. Glass Ionomer Cements (GIC): This tooth colored material has the incredible ability to chemically bond with the tooth structur while releasing fluoride into the tooth, aiding in remineralization and providing additional protection against tooth decay. They are quick and easy to place, and are an excellent material of choice for young children.
  3. Resin-Modified Glass Ionomer Cements (RMGIC): This modified therapeutic agent can enhance the esthetic outcome of the filling and have improved strength and durability compared to traditional glass ionomer cements. They are often used in pediatric dentistry for restoring primary teeth, where aesthetics and long-term performance are important considerations.
  4. Bioceramic Materials: Bioceramic materials are a newer class of dental materials that mimic the natural mineral composition of teeth and are composed of calcium silicate-based compounds, which allow for biocompatibility and bonding to tooth structure. Bioceramics have excellent sealing properties, making them suitable for many treatment and are highly effective.