ALLURE DENTAL CENTER
Trinh Lee, DDS, FAACD, DABOI, FAAID, DICOI, MAGD, FDOCS
Suzanna Lee, DDS, AAACD, DABOI, FAAID, DICOI, MAGD, FDOCS
American Board of Oral Implantology Implant Specialist
American Board of Oral Implantology Implant Specialist & American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Accredited Fellow
FAQ’s – These are commonly asked questions from people looking for minimally invasive dentistry in Mountain View, CA.
What is minimally invasive dentistry?
Minimally invasive dentistry involves catching tooth decay before it can become a larger problem and stopping it during its early stages.
One of the methods of doing so, is by using resin infiltration before a cavity can fully form, which prevents it from later needing a filling.
Your dentist uses a special liquid resin which is infused into the porous lesions – before they form cavities – and acts as a sealant to keep the lesion from becoming larger and becoming a full cavity.
Another method is the use of silver diamine fluoride, which is typically used when the caries lesion has already become a visible cavity. In this method, the antimicrobial and remineralizing compound is painted onto a tooth’s surface, which works to halt any further caries cavitation. It is a method that has become popular among those who have a fear of drills or in children, although it can leave teeth blackened at the area of application.
There is also the option of laser dentistry, which involves using a laser in a variety of procedures to remove overgrown tissue, reshape the gums, or whiten teeth. It can be used to treat a variety of dental conditions or conditions relating to the mouth – including biopsies.
Is laser dentistry painless?
Laser dentistry is far less invasive than traditional dental treatment methods, eliminating the use of drills and scalpels in many procedures and reducing the need for anesthesia. Laser treatment is virtually painless, require no stitches to care for after the procedure, and, as laser sterilize, they reduce the risk of contracting a painful bacterial infection. Additionally, laser dentistry does not cause as much damage to the gums, which shortens your healing time, and you are likely to lose less blood then in traditional dental surgery – making it all-around an excellent solution, particularly for those who have anxiety about dental procedures.
What dental situations can minimally invasive dental procedures treat?
Minimally invasive dental procedures can treat small cavities or caries lesions before they become a cavity. The focus is on early prevention to keep your teeth and you healthy without requiring invasive and potentially painful procedures by keeping cavities from forming or growing bigger. Both resin infiltration and the use of silver diamine fluoride focus on early prevention.
As for laser dentistry, it is predominantly used to help treat dental issues related to the gums. Some of the conditions and procedures that laser dentistry can be used for include:
- Canker sore and cold sore pain treatment;
- Treating root canal infections;
- Treating gum disease;
- Treating or removing gum inflammation;
- Gum reshaping;
- Exposing wisdom teeth;
- Removing throat tissue that can cause sleep apnea;
- Regenerating damaged nerves;
- And the removal of benign oral tumors.
Additionally, dental laser treatments can be used to treat gingivectomy and periodontal bacterial reduction, which can help with keeping your mouth and you healthy and to help fight and treat ongoing dental conditions that you might have.
If you are interested in minimally invasive dentistry, including laser dentistry, then call us at Allure Dental Center to book your appointment now. You can call us to book your appointment with us or visit our website to book your appointment online.