Today's mantra in dentistry is first preventing disease, then preservation of existing tooth and supporting structures, and, finally, operative dentistry, where the tooth and/or supporting structures require some form of restoration or rehabilitation.
We believe in educating our patients on the causes of chiefly, dental caries and periodontal disease and its consequences in our overall health. Diet, habit modification and oral health education is employed to help our patients prevent disease even before it occurs!
At St. Andrew's Dental Surgeons, we practice minimally-invasive dentistry. Use of fluoride together with Casein Phospho-Peptide stabilized Amorphous Calcium Phosphate (CPP-ACP) has been shown to effectively reduce the incidence of dental caries and even reverse initial caries that are non-cavitated. With today's extensive research on adhesive dentistry, direct resin restorations (commonly known as tooth-colored fillings) have become reliable in terms of esthetics, bond-strength and longevity. With the restorative materials of today, cavity preparations can be minimalistic and ultra-conservative, thereby preserving as much healthy tooth structure as possible.
Sadly, there will be some teeth that would have experienced significant destruction due to trauma or extensive dental caries. Crowns, inlays or onlays would then be necessary to restore these teeth back into function and esthetics. Some of these teeth might even require root canal treatment as the disease process would have progressed to involve the nerves of the tooth, spreading even to the surrounding bone.
In areas where there are missing teeth, treatment modalities available include bridges, removable partial (or complete) dentures and implant-supported prosthesis.Make an appointment with us today!