Minimally invasive (MI) restorative procedures provide several well-documented advantages over more tissue-destructive traditional restorations, including less tooth tissue loss, less insult to the dentine-pulp complex, and a lower risk of iatrogenic harm to neighboring hard and soft tissues. At Carlston Dental Group, they also maximize the strength of the residual tooth structure by using appropriate adhesive restorative materials designed to restore function and aesthetics with long-lasting, easy-to-maintain restorations.
Application and Usage
Eliminating tooth structure during restorative therapy jeopardizes the tooth's integrity and strength. The more tooth structure eliminated, the more likely future fracture and other dental issues are. Detecting decay or damage, removing it, and repairing the tooth with minimally invasive procedures are crucial to preserving the tooth's integrity and avoiding the need for more sophisticated repair in the future. New processes enable our dentists to provide more effective and long-lasting patient care.
Types of Minimally Invasive Restorative Procedure
Cavities are the most common form of tooth decay, and they can compromise the health of your teeth and gums if left untreated. Fortunately, our dentists can repair cavities with composite resin dental fillings. These fillings are discreet and comfortable and require only minimal removal of healthy tooth structure. Plus, we can often complete your procedure in just one appointment!
Bonding is a cost-effective dental treatment that can address several concerns simultaneously. We can place durable composite resin over the surfaces of your teeth to mask chips, cracks, stains, and other imperfections for a beautiful, natural-looking smile. We offer several shades so that we can match your restoration to your natural enamel color for the most seamless results possible.
Inlays and Onlays
When a tooth cannot be repaired with a traditional dental filling but does not require a crown, an inlay or onlay may be an appropriate solution. These restorations made of composite resin will blend seamlessly with your smile for a beautifully restored appearance. They require less removal of healthy tooth structure than traditional dental crowns. When cared for properly, they can last ten years or longer before needing to be replaced.
The Importance of Minimally Invasive Dentistry
High-fluoride toothpaste, sealants, and varnishes are examples of minimally invasive treatments for dental caries. These choices are far more appealing to patients than other therapies. Minimally invasive treatments, as opposed to restorations and extractions:
- Involve far less agony and anguish.
- They are significantly less expensive.
- Maintain tooth structure, function, and aesthetics.
- Assist in avoiding recurrent repair cycles.
Minimally invasive dentistry focuses not just on treating common dental diseases but also on avoiding and lowering the risks associated with these issues. Contact Carlston Dental Group at 2472 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064, or call (310) 838-0844 for more information.