Offering the best options for treatment leads to successful patient acquisition and retention. All dental patients can appreciate the reduced pain, discomfort, complexity, and recovery time associated with minimally invasive treatments. In this post, we’ll suggest some preventative and alternative dental treatments to add to your treatment roster. Make treatment and prevention easier for patients with minimally invasive dentistry!
Minimally invasive dentistry treats tooth decay and the bacterial infections that cause it preventatively and maintains the natural health of teeth with gentle, non-drilling procedures. These procedures also improve patients’ overall health! In combination with restorative dentistry, minimally invasive treatments can help preserve teeth longer. They can also encourage fearful patients to come in for dental care sooner. Let your patients know these kinds of pain-free treatments are available and encourage them to think preventatively about dental health!
One of the most well-known and often used methods for strengthening tooth enamel and preventing tooth decay, accelerated by demineralization, is of course fluoride. However, there are several additional options on the market, including Recaldent (phosphoproteins from milk (CPP) + amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP)), Novamin (inorganic amorphous calcium phosphosilicate (CSPS)), and Tri-Calcium Phosphate (TCP). NaF varnish (brand names: Embrace Varnish, Pulpdent) combines Xylitol with calcium and phosphate to remineralize and prevent dental caries. Offering remineralization products to patients can make a big impact on their dental health without causing pain or negatively affecting their lifestyle.
This treatment, which blasts teeth with an air stream full of aluminum oxide particles or a baking soda mixture, is a drill-free method for removing tooth decay, and stains and is frequently used to prepare teeth for fillings. Air Abrasion is virtually pain-free and has less impact on the teeth than drilling, because it generates no heat, pressure or vibration and does not damage healthy hard and soft tissue. Some dentists find that using Air Abrasion eliminates the need for anesthesia, especially when filling very small, shallow cavities.
Dental Sealants are an extremely effective method, especially in children and adolescent patients, for preventing tooth decay. They are also a painless, non-invasive treatment. Research shows that sealants on permanent molars reduce incidence of cavities by 80%!
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and Onlays are a less-invasive option for teeth that are too damaged or decayed for a regular filling but not in need of a crown. They are also used to repair and replace old and damaged fillings. If the damage to the tooth goes below the bone, consider a minimally-invasive tooth replacement procedure like the REPLICATE System that does not require drilling and can be performed during the extraction appointment.
Follow the trend toward preventative care! Adding minimally-invasive treatments to your dental practice portfolio appeals to patients who fear the drill, while improving the health and well-being of all of your dental patients. Add a subpage to your dental website highlighting this aspect of your gentle dental care, and promote these offerings as part of your overall marketing plan. Your patients—and their teeth—will thank you!