Conservative dental treatment to preserve natural tooth structure
The dental sector has, for some time, been undergoing a change. Long gone are the days when dental surgeries looked like something from a 1950s era Soviet Union propaganda film, with stark white walls and stern looking dentists. The new breed of dentists, especially those within the private cosmetic dentistry sector, have long realised that if given a choice, patients will choose the dentist who they not only feel will do the best job, but will also treat them as a human being and not just an object to perform dental surgery on.
One of the first steps towards this was to brighten up surgeries and the waiting room as well. In came relaxing music, colour schemes designed to relax the patient and often a television and toys to distract the younger patient.
Equipment also started to be upgraded and drills no longer looked like medieval torture tools but were small and even quite aesthetically pleasing. All of these factors added together helped to put the patients at ease to some degree.
Most people however, realise that despite the improvements on the surface, what really matters is the actual procedures themselves. We have perhaps all heard from friends, if we haven’t experienced it ourselves, about the unscrupulous dentist who performed unnecessary fillings or performed a procedure which the patient felt was unnecessary. Of course, in most of these cases, the dentist most likely did the correct thing even though the patient may not have realised it. However, many dentists are signed up to perform minimally invasive dentistry, especially in and around London. This, in essence, means that only the minimal mount of dentistry that is required will be performed and that no more than the required amount of the tooth structure will be removed in order to preserve the integrity of the tooth.
In addition to this, any materials used in the process of restoring a tooth will be acknowledged to be of high quality and will last a significant period of time. Naturally this will vary from case to case but as a principle, most dentists agree that this is a principle worth abiding by.
By following these guidelines, the patient’s visit should prove to be, if not actually pleasant, then at least not too perturbing that they are discouraged from keeping regular appointments in future and thereby jeopardising the health of their teeth.
Of course, the ability to use minimally invasive dentistry does depend on the condition of the teeth and if a patient has neglected his teeth over a period of time and not kept regular appointments, it may be that the tooth has decayed or become damaged to the point that minimally invasive dentistry is no longer an option and the tooth may need to be extracted and perhaps replaced with a dental implant or a bridge instead.
For those keeping regular appointments and taking care of their teeth though, minimally invasive dentistry is usually an option and one that dentists are increasingly taking to make a dental visit as pleasant as possible.