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 Dr. Loar's
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.
cavities are identified and scheduled for early treatment.
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 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.
surface is sealed and protected leaving the tooth restored
to its original strength and beauty.
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.