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I have been practicing proactive and micro-dentistry for years. People often ask me what is that and how is that beneficial compared to traditional dentistry. I would like to dedicate this short blog to it.
The term, micro-dentistry could be described as a minimal form of invasive dentistry. It is an operative dentistry philosophy that is founded on science and is regarded as an alternative to the traditional dental process. The aim of a dentist who practices micro-dentistry is to identify unstable tooth structure that could pose a threat to a tooth, or teeth in the future. It is then recommended to remove the potentially destructive area with the minimum disturbance to the surrounding tooth structure.
Micro-dentistry is achieved with the use of optical devices that magnify the operative areas. With improved visualization, the result is a more exact treatment that is also less invasive. Accordingly, oral tissues and dental structures are preserved from unnecessary substance loss during the process, for example; during the removal of decayed tooth structure.
Traditionally, dentist like to use large burs and large instruments. As a dentist who practices micro-dentistry, my armamentarium are miniature. Dental laser is sometimes used as one of my aids. I also use Spectra which is a miniature computer that utilized fluorescent as a cavity detection aid.
Micro-dentistry only works if a patient visit their dentist every 3 to 6 months. Since dental decay are not painful until it reaches the nerve of the tooth, many people with early decay are not aware that they have cavities. Similar to medical advice given to cancer sufferers, it is the same for dental cavities, early detection is the best form of protection!
An advantage of micro-dentistry lies in its ability of treating decay in the very early development stage, before the pain and prior to it causing significant damage to the teeth. This early procedure can result in minute dental fillings.