What is MicroDentistry?
MicroDentistry is also known as minimally invasive dentistry which, whenever possible, we practice at Calabasas Dental Spa. The strategies of dealing with tooth decay are evolving.
The old model familiar to most baby-boomers getting their first fillings by the time the cavity was already fairly large. Once placed, fillings wear out and have to be replaced periodically – with a slightly bigger filling each time. The result after a few decades is often a mouthful of teeth weakened by very large fillings, which eventually will likely need crowns to hold them together.
Rates of tooth decay have been falling steadily, thanks to fluoride, education, and better prevention. But the philosophy of dealing with decay, when it happens, is also changing.
Decay can now be discovered much earlier, with cavity-detecting lasers like the Diagnodent diagnostic laser, SOPROLIFE infrared camera and LOGICIAN special X-rays diagnostic software. We dentists are much more likely to notice and intervene early now. If decay is caught in the very early stages, it can sometimes be reversed by diet and hygiene changes and extra fluoride.
When a cavity does need to be filled, it’s more likely to be treated while it’s still small – leaving a small hole and a small filling that doesn’t weaken the tooth. Technology like air abrasion or lasers can often do this with no pain and no drill. Teeth that are treated minimally like this are much more likely to last a lifetime. The younger generation will need a lot fewer crowns and major reconstruction than their parents.
We stand behind a philosophy of MicroDentistry at Calabasas Dental Spa. Visit us today for a consultation and experience the difference of a less invasive, holistic approach to dentistry, for yourself.