If the health of the tooth is conserved properly, there will be no need for invasive dental treatments later on.
Patients undergoing minimally invasive dentistry procedures reduce considerably their risk of developing oral health diseases, or dental complications that require extensive treatments.
Minimally invasive dentistry should not be chosen when you already have got plenty of cavities, gum disease or other major problems.
You should find a dentist working with such minimally invasive procedures right while you have relatively good oral health, so the dentist can help you maintain this health.
A very tiny cavity will never progress and cause you problems if it is caught in time, and then a dental sealant is applied for instance.
Then, patients with a very high amount of oral health bacteria in their saliva will have to limit seriously their carbohydrates intake and start using a good mouthwash to not allow bacteria to thrive and cause damages.
The main techniques used in minimally invasive dentistry:
Tooth re-mineralization – the dentist helps strengthening your tooth structure through fluoride treatments for example
Treating decay with air abrasion – if tooth re-mineralization is not a viable option because you have already got a cavity, the dentist will use air abrasion to clear the damaged part of the tooth. Instead of using the traditional drill, the dentist uses air abrasion which is less invasive and less painful too.
Applying dental sealants – these are typically thin layers of special film which are applied on the teeth in order to protect them from decay. Besides, the sealants also protect your teeth from acid erosion or plaque formation. Dental sealants are the perfect anti cavity minimally invasive protection treatments.
Applying custom made bite splints – for patients with teeth grinding problems, dentists will advise wearing such bite splints. These will protect the patient from dental erosion, and even jaw complications (such as TMJ disorder).
All dentists can perform such minimally invasive dentistry procedures, so you just need to ask your regular dentist about them, to prevent all sorts of dental complications.