Minimally Invasive Treatment
What is minimally invasive treatment?
Minimally invasive treatment is a revolutionary option to manage tooth decay in a minimally invasive manner. Both of our doctors are educators and are also in constant path of improving their knowledge and latest treatments available. At this office, we offer Silver Diamine Fluoride treatment (SDF), SMART filling and Hall Crown Technique, if it is appropriate for you child. There are pros and cons associated with these techniques and it will be discussed with you at the time of your consultation.
What is Silver Diamine Fluoride?
Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) is an antimicrobial liquid that is able to treat cavities in a non-invasive, fast, affordable, and painless manner. Some patients who have active tooth decay may be eligible for an alternative treatment that uses Silver Diamine Fluoride. There are some disadvantages of using SDF as it permanently stains cavities black, it does not restore tooth form or function, so large cavities may still eventually require a restoration and it requires repeat application for maximum efficacy.
What is SMART filling?
SMART filling technique uses silver diamine fluoride (SDF) and glass ionomer cement (GIC) to restore the tooth. This is a quick and painless alternative for very young apprehensive children with cavities if you wish to avoid or delay anesthesia, drills, sedation or general anesthesia for their treatment. The disadvantage of this technique is that the black stain caused by the SDF may not be masked by the glass ionomer restoration.
What is Hall Crown Technique?
The Hall Crown Technique is a method for managing carious primary molars where decay is sealed under preformed metal crowns without local anesthesia, tooth preparation or any caries removal. This method has high levels of evidence, it is quick, painless, simple, and effective. It can help very young or fearful patients, avoiding anesthesia, drills, sedation or general anesthesia for their treatment.
If you want to learn more about minimally invasive treatment, call us today and make an appointment. Our doctors will discuss with you the most appropriate options to treat your child.