Do we have to drill it all away? The hard truth is; often we do, but not always. If the decay is in its early stages, then the minimally invasive dentist can use sophisticated treatments to stop it in its tracks; avoiding the need for injections and drilling.
If it is more advanced, then decay has to be removed. To fill the hole we could use metal fillings but to provide these we need to remove significant amounts of healthy tooth to keep them from falling out. Metal fillings can conduct temperature very well to the nerve, causing sensitivity at best and nerve damage at worse.
They can expand as they set, causing teeth to crack; leading to complex dentistry or even extraction. They don’t bond to the tooth and they look unattractive. Do you think many dentists choose this type of filling for themselves or their own families?
Everybody’s heard about veneers but do you know how they’re made? In most cases lots of healthy enamel has to be stripped from the tooth to produce this ‘cosmetic’ result. To make the teeth look straighter some of them have to get thinner; others get so thick that it is almost impossible to bite naturally on them.
How about if those crooked teeth were straightened, in weeks instead of years? They may still need veneers to make them look perfect but now they’d be minimally invasive veneers requiring little or no tooth preparation beforehand!
It’s an unfortunate fact that all dentistry leads to more dentistry eventually because nothing lasts forever. Keeping procedures minimal or avoiding the need for procedures in the first place can significantly reduce the frequency and magnitude of replacement.
Think about minimally invasive dentistry… It doesn’t necessarily cost you any more than the dentistry you’re used to and it can save you a great deal of time, money and discomfort in the future as well as helping you keep your own teeth for life!