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Minimally Invasive Dentistry is the No-Pain, No-Cutting Alternative
Minimally Invasive Dentistry is a dental treatment modality grounded in the most recent scientific literature. It can be applied to many aspects of dentistry. The basic fundamentals are:
- Nothing is better than your natural teeth.
- Dentistry should strive to maintain, to the greatest extent possible, your natural teeth.
- Dentistry should not intervene surgically, unless all other minimally invasive options have been exhausted.
Minimally Invasive Dentistry is the foundation of Dr. Griffith’s treatment plans and is practiced through the use of remineralization therapy, sealants, diet analysis, micro-burs, micro-cavity preparations, magnification loupes, etc.
What is Remineralization Therapy?
The bacteria in the mouth cause the carious process, also known as “cavities.” These bacteria use the sugars out of your diet to produce acid. The acid attacks the teeth, breaking down the enamel. When the bacteria are controlled, there is the opportunity to actually repair, in some instances, the damage caused by the bacteria.
The repair process is known as Remineralization Therapy. Remineralization therapy relies on the natural ability of fluoride, calcium and phosphate to integrate into the tooth enamel and repair the damaged tooth.
Remineralization Therapy is effective in small carious lesions. If patient compliance is high, then results are predictable. It is always exciting to avoid “drilling” on a tooth, instead allowing the enamel to be naturally repaired.
We Utilize Fluoride Therapy with Fluoride Trays
At 58 Dental, one of the major focuses is on preventative dentistry. If a patient’s caries risk, or the potential to form “cavities,” is high then custom fluoride trays will be recommended. The acid created by the oral bacteria demineralizes the tooth structure which leads to cavities. Fluoride has the ability to remineralize and actually repair the tooth structure. The goal of fluoride trays is to shift the oral balance from demineralization to remineralization. This is accomplished through various means, but one of the primary mechanisms is to increase a patient’s frequency and duration of exposure to fluoride. Fluoride trays accomplish this goal by increasing the amount of time fluoride is in contact with the teeth. 58 Dental recommends that the fluoride trays be worn through the night when salivary flow is decreased and when bacteria are most effective. The fluoride gel that is placed in the thin, clear, custom trays has 5,500 parts per million of fluoride. This is 5.5 times the fluoride compared to over-the-counter fluoride toothpaste which contains 1,000 parts per million of fluoride. This level of fluoride exposure is effective and safe in adult patients.