Less Can Be More
Minimally Invasive Dentistry is a philosophy that encompasses preservation of the structure of the tooth as well as the gum tissue. It only makes sense that the less amount of tooth that is removed the stronger the remaining tooth will be. We have been practicing Minimally Invasive Dentistry for over 20 years and follow the adage of “do unto others as you would have others do unto you”. The old paradigm of Silver Mercury amalgam fillings was riddled with the need to remove excess tooth that often caused fractures in the remaining tooth. This led to further decay, fracture of tooth structure, a need for crowns and root canals and sometimes even extraction.
Decay can be detected earlier with the Diagnodent Laser Cavity Detector and the microscope. The use of air abrasion allows a very conservative, gentle removal of only the decayed tooth structure and also aides in preparation of the surface of the tooth for a long-lasting optimal bond and restoration.
CEREC technology also enables us to conserve healthy tooth structure, not having to prepare a crown all of the way to the gum.
The use of lasers in treating periodontal disease, particularly pocketing, eliminates the need for extensive resective gum surgery, which is painful. This results in exposed roots which are often sensitive and a much more difficult situation for the patient to maintain as a large food trap between the teeth develops.
Would you like to preserve your tooth structure?
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SDWC Patients Speak Out:
“I had a great experience with Dr. Edwards. He made me feel secure and relax, and his work is amazing. My teeth look and feel much better. He’s just one of those dentists you can trust and always look forward to seeing. I recommend him highly!” Anonymous