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Minimally Invasive Dentistry

This dental treatment approach follow the most conservative methods to asess, prevent, and control dental disease.

We use CAMBRA  Caries Management By Risk Assessment

This caries assessment tool was developed to establish the risk for caries in the individual patient.  Through interviews with the patients', their parents, and a thorough dental examination, a risk level is determined.  The patient is now ready to receive a treatment plan that is tailored to their specific needs.

It is important to evaluate the following:

Bacteria- the microflora present in the oral cavity requires a balance of populations.  When the pathogens that contribute to dental decay and periodontal disease are not removed or given an opportunity to flourish, then problems arise.

Diet- an analysis of frequency, quantity, and quality of liquid and solid food consumption is critical to determine it's contibution to dental disease.

Saliva- the amount and flow of saliva is critical to an healthy oral environment.  The buffering capacity of saliva is important in controlling dental disease.

pH - the acidity of the oral environment is key to prognosis.  In an acidic environment bacteria related to caries fluorishes and the production of acid residue by these bacteria will cause decalcification of the teeth, that is dental caries.