Posts for: November, 2017
“Less is more” is a truism for much of life. It’s also an important feature of an emerging approach to treating tooth decay known as minimally invasive dentistry (MID).
MID updates another revolution in dental care that occurred in the early 1900s. Treating decay took a quantum leap thanks to techniques developed by Dr. G. V. Black, considered the father of modern dentistry. Dr. Black’s approach (known as “extension for prevention”) involved not only removing decayed tooth structure, but also adjacent areas deemed vulnerable to decay, which made them easier to clean. On the downside, though, it also created larger than normal fillings.
As the practice prevailed through much of the Twentieth Century another weakness became apparent—the approach could not guarantee a treated tooth would not experience decay again. This became the real impetus toward MID—to find more comprehensive ways to treat decay with as little impact on the tooth structure as possible.
These efforts received a real boost from emerging technology. This was especially true in diagnostics with the rise of new devices like intraoral cameras and techniques like laser fluorescence that can enable dentists to detect decay much earlier. It’s now possible to catch the disease at an earlier stage before substantial damage to the tooth occurs.
MID has also led to new treatments that preserve more of the tooth structure. Traditional drilling is increasingly giving way to air abrasion, the use of a fine particle stream of aluminum oxide, glass beads or baking soda directed precisely at decayed structure and minimizing damage to healthy structure. We’re also using new filling materials like composite resin for restorations after treatment that are strong yet still life-like and attractive.
We also can’t forget the role of the twin daily hygiene practices brushing and flossing to remove bacterial plaque, the main source of dental disease. And regular dental cleanings and checkups round out the MID approach, helping to ensure that decay doesn’t get too far. The end result of this revolutionary approach: your teeth can experience less impact from treatment and remain healthier and more attractive in the long-run.
If you would like more information on minimally invasive dental care, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Minimally Invasive Dentistry: When Less Care is more.”
Discover the orthodontic treatment that will give you the beautiful results you want.
Sure, if you have crooked teeth this may be a telltale sign that you could benefit from braces. Of course, even teeth that are just a little misaligned could still benefit from orthodontic treatment. Whether your child’s teeth have just started to come in or you are considering braces as an adult, let our Midtown, GA, dentists Dr. Laura Koch, Dr. Andrew Soulimiotis and Dr. Sunny Patel help you decide which orthodontic treatment is right for you or your little one.
Sure, no one loves the idea of sporting the metal-mouth look, but these braces still have a lot of value and purpose. In a lot of cases, they are able to straighten smiles more efficiently, particularly in those who have complex issues.
It’s important to keep in mind that these braces are not the same braces you may have remembered as a kid. Technology has advanced a lot, making brackets sleeker and lighter and wires thinner and less cumbersome.
If you have to get traditional braces but you want a more discreet approach to this bracket-and-wire system you can choose to get ceramic braces. With clear brackets, they are an easier and often more attractive option for a teen or adult who doesn’t want everyone to immediately notice their braces. Of course, you’ll pay a bit more than you would with traditional braces but you’re paying for a subtle and more aesthetically pleasing option.
While Invisalign is the most known name in nearly invisible orthodontic care, there are a few different clear aligner systems that can shift your teeth around. While Invisalign and other clear aligner systems aren’t right for children, they can be ideal for older teens and adults. The aligners are comfortable, can easily fit into your lifestyle, can be removed before mealtimes and before brushing your teeth, and you don’t have to come in to visit our Midtown, GA, general dentists as regularly.
If you still aren’t sure whether or not you or your child could benefit from getting orthodontic treatment in Midtown, GA, then let’s sit down together and help you determine the best course of action. Call Dentistry for Midtown today to schedule a consultation.