The aim of this concept is to conserve healthy tooth structure. Minimally invasive dentistry focuses on prevention, remineralisation, and minimal dentist intervention. Using scientific advances we treat patients with the least amount of dentistry needed, the least amount of tooth structure is removed to restore teeth to a healthy condition. We use long-lasting dental materials that conserve the maximum tooth structure so the need for future repairs is reduced.
It is a philosophy, a way of thinking and approaching dentistry. We utilise various materials and techniques, which allow us to remove as little tooth structure as possible in returning teeth to a healthy stable condition.
First we evaluate your risk for tooth decay. The presence of plaque, and your ability to effectively remove it, the quality and quantity of saliva, and your diet are all contributors to decay. We will then use strategies to prevent or reduce your risk for tooth decay.
When teeth do need to be restored we do so with modern techniques and the minimal amount of tooth structure removal as possible.
Some examples of minimally invasive dentistry we use.
Early decay can sometimes be remineralised with fluoride treatment rather than being removed and filled. Sealants can be applied to susceptible pits and fissures in teeth to prevent bacteria invading those spaces and causing decay.
When crowns are required we may be able to in some cases instead use veneers, inlays or onlays, which require less tooth structure removal. Bite guards can help prevent further damage from tooth grinding during sleep that eventually can lead to a need to crown the teeth.