Modern cosmetic dentistry focuses on the principle of minimally invasive dentistry, which serves to preserve as much natural tooth structure as possible when restoring worn or damaged teeth. Once natural tooth structure is lost, either from decay, gum disease, or drilling by the dentist, it cannot simply grow back. It is forever gone and its maintenance can become an issue, as restorative devices have a finite lifespan and will not last forever. Minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry then serves to conserve healthy tooth structure by allowing the dentist to perform the least amount of dentistry needed. This entails never removing more tooth structure than is required to restore teeth to their optimal condition. In addition to performing only those dental treatments necessary to regain dental health, cosmetic dentists also use durable dental materials that conserve maximum tooth structure to reduce the need for future repairs.
Early Detection Prevents Dental Problems Dentistry at its core is ideally preventative, but restoring teeth to their original condition is often needed as decayed, damaged or otherwise unattractive teeth can result in more severe and costly treatments down the road. Dentists use digital x-rays and other various methods to spot signs of tooth decay in their early stages. When cavities are found, minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry treatments such as air abrasion and dental lasers are used to remove the absolute minimum amount of tooth structure necessary to eliminate cavities. Most of the time patients are excited to hear that the use of needles or local anesthetics is unnecessary given the minimally invasive approach. Because the removal of tooth structure causes the tooth to become weaker, dentists attempt to catch problems early, resulting in the smallest restoration possible.
What Minimally Invasive Dentistry Techniques are Used? Currently minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry approaches involve the use of air abrasion, laser treatment or treatments that are designed to repair teeth rather than to replace them. The focus lies heavily within the field of cavity repair, but has also been seen in other cosmetic dentistry fields. The avoidance of aggressive preparation treatments will aid in the health of millions of teeth and assist in their long-term function and appearance. We invite you to call today to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Boyajian, one of Beverly Hills’ premier cosmetic, general and holistic dentists. It would be our pleasure to serve you.