Micro-dentistry is a new, alternative way to treat decay
in teeth. The idea behind this technology is to remove as
little of the natural tooth as possible while removing all
of the decay. With the advent of our new bonding techniques,
decay indicating dyes, magnification, fiber-optic lights and
white filling materials, decay can be conservatively removed
from a tooth and a filling placed that will restore a tooth
to its original strength and beauty. Over 90% of the time,
we do not need to make you numb to do micro-dentistry and
air abrasion so we can eliminate the need for a shot. With
the reduced need for anesthetic, we can complete more work
in a shorter amount of time since we can work in multiple
areas of your mouth in the same appointment. In addition to
saving time, you will enjoy the reduction of noise normally
caused by a traditional dental drill.
How is this done?
We use air-abrasion, which is a relatively new process in
which a fine, pressurized stream of aluminum oxide powder
is used to remove the small decayed pits and fissures
in teeth. Research studies have shown that in the absence
of smoking and coffee drinking, if a patient has dark
stained pits in their teeth, decay is present over 90%
of the time underneath the stains. In our office we
believe very strongly in prevention and early treatment
of disease. It just makes good sense to treat small
cavities early with conservative micro-dentistry than
to wait for things to get worse.
Small cavities are identified and scheduled for
The teeth are isolated either with rubber dam
or cotton rolls and the decay is removed with the
air-abrasion machine, under magnification and special
light sources in a very conservative manner.
Special cavity stains are used to chemically stain
decay in the teeth to help us see any small spots
so nothing is missed. Once rinsed off, the tooth
is now ready for the filling.
The prepared tooth is treated with an etching
solution to roughen the surface and get it ready
for the bonding process. Once etched,
the tooth is ready for bonding agents and the conservative
filling. We use special lights to harden the filling
and then complete the process by polishing the filling.
The surface is sealed and protected leaving the
tooth restored to its original strength and beauty.
Micro-dentistry is an excellent preventative
treatment for those who share our belief that
early, conservative care is ideal. You can have
decay removed without a shot, loud noise, or
bad smells. If you have any questions, just
ask us about this new and exciting technology.