Minimally Invasive Esthetic Dentistry diagnoses and treats dental issues on a microscopic level so as much of the natural tooth can be preserved as possible. Dr. Kathy Daroee uses Minimally Invasive Aesthetic Dentistry to help her patients in the Woodland Hills, CA area maintain the best dental health. Dr. Kathy also practices General Dentistry as well.
Minimally Invasive Aesthetic Dentistry Q & A
What is Minimally Invasive Esthetic Dentistry?
Minimally Invasive Aesthetic Dentistry is an approach to dental care based on diagnosing and treating dental issues on a microscopic level so patients can maintain an intact set of natural teeth for a lifetime. Rather than pulling teeth that can otherwise be saved or replacing teeth with implants, minimally invasive dentistry focuses on making the most of the original teeth. Scientific advances in dental technology over the last several decades have made this possible for more patients who seek regular dental care.
What types of preventative procedures are used in Minimally Invasive Esthetic Dentistry?
With a focus on prevention and interception of dental problems, a patient can expect to experience several preventative measures in Dr. Kathy’s office. From gum disease testing to oral cancer checks, Dr. Kathy and her team of Certified Dental Hygienists are trained to identify problems with the mouth, teeth, and gums before major intervention is required. This allows her team to correct problems as they arise and prescribe preventative measures to keep oral health problems from occurring. Preventative measures may include topical fluoride treatments to protect surface enamel from decay and instruction on proper brushing, flossing, and rinsing techniques to incorporate into the patient’s oral hygiene routine. Sealants may be prescribed in the case of deep tooth fissures, to help the patient’s teeth stay healthy and decay-free.
What treatment procedures are used in Minimally Invasive Esthetic Dentistry?
Rather than discarding a tooth with decay, Minimally Invasive Esthetic Dentistry focuses on trying to restore the tooth to its normal condition. Ideally, if a tooth is becoming compromised, Dr. Kathy will recommend remineralization through fluoride treatments to strengthen tooth enamel. If decay has progressed past this point, air abrasion is used to remove the decayed area before a composite filling is placed. This process replaces the traditional drill with powerful, super-fine abrasive powder designed to remove the decay without compromising the tooth’s structure. Finally, Dr. Kathy uses composite fillings and porcelain inlays and onlays as often as possible instead of crowns, because a crown requires the removal of more of the tooth’s structure than any of the other restorative techniques. All of these procedures combine to form a minimally invasive approach designed to keep the patient’s smile healthy and intact for as long as possible.