Minimally Invasive Dentistry in Whitby
In many instances you can treat tooth decay with novel minimally invasive procedures. These treatments can be done without the use of anesthetic and drills. They’re a good treatment option for children who are extremely anxious or who resist treatment.
The use of minimally invasive procedures also helps us reduce the risk of transmission of airborne viruses, such as COVID-19, in our office. This method of dental restorations may as well be less expensive than traditional ways of doing fillings and placing crowns.
Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF)
SDF treatment can slow down, and often stop, tooth decay in accessible areas of a tooth. Because it can sometimes be used instead of a filling it’s a good option for children who are sensitive to drilling. SDF is a liquid that is “painted” onto the decay or damaged areas of your child’s teeth, where it kills the decay-causing microbes and prevents further damage.
SDF treatment is tested and safe, however it will stain the treated area of the tooth black. It may be possible to remove or reduce the black staining after treatment. Several SDF treatments may be needed if the decay is more severe.
The Hall Technique involves placing a stainless-steel crown over a primary molar that has a large cavity without removing any additional tooth structure. The crown seals the area to protect the molar and prevent further decay. The Hall Technique can only be used on teeth where there is sufficient space for the crown.
SMART treatment consists of a filling that can be placed without anesthetic or drilling. The treatment is done using a combination of anti-microbial treatment and filling compounds such as glass ionomer cement and composite filling material.
Treatment of Enamel Defects
Enamel defects, such as white spots, can be highly visible and embarrassing to children. Traditionally we would correct enamel defects with resin bonding or veneers, which can be invasive and uncomfortable for kids. We provide alternative, minimally-invasive treatments for enamel defects that can improve the appearance of your child’s teeth without long, uncomfortable treatments.
To learn more about our minimally-invasive treatments, call our office today.