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Oct 2017

Minimally Invasive Dentistry 2017

As you may be aware, our ethos is based on minimally invasive dentistry. Preserving tooth and gum is key to a healthy mouth. Why remove what nature provided us with? In the past, tooth decay would lead to large amounts of tooth being cut away so that amalgam metal fillings could be packed into the cavity. When we say packed, this is exactly what we mean. Amalgam does not bond to tooth. Therefore the tooth has to be cut with an undercut- the base of the cavity being narrower than the top so that the filling cannot drop out. Of course, by doing this you have to remove healthy tooth. Crazy? We think so. Thankfully, dentistry has moved on and the term Minimally Invasive Dentistry or MI is becoming more popular. We have always believed in this philosophy and have ahead of the times in this regard. Finally, the profession is waking up to the fact that prevention is far better than 'cure'. A great example will now be discussed. Our patient presented with minor decay on the tooth surface of a molar tooth. The treatment is simple; remove the decay and restore the tooth. In the past, the top of the tooth would have been cut open and made deeper to accommodate a metal filling. This is pure madness. Modern techniques and adhesive dentistry mean that we can clean the decay using fluid abrasion ( a bit like jet washing) and then bond a flowable filling material to seal the area. This requires NO drilling, no needles and is completely pain free. Sounds too good to be true? No, it is the truth! Here are the before and after photos:

Decay on the top of the molar tooth. Sticky and a slight pit is present. Decay on the top of the molar tooth. Sticky and a slight pit is present.
Tooth restored after fluid abrasion and sealant Tooth restored after fluid abrasion and sealant

As you can see the area is hardly visible. Minimal tooth needed to be removed to clean the site and the sealant is super smooth and tough. In fact, this is more resistant to plaque and staining. Shouldn't all dentists be adopting MI dentistry? Well, yes of course. However, as with any profession, some are stuck in the dark ages, simply cannot be bothered to update thought processes or will not invest in the technology to progress. If you have been diagnosed with tooth decay, ask for MI dentistry. Case treated by Dr Nissit Patel using Aquacare fluid abrasion. Photographs are the sole property of Progressive Dentistry and may not be used without strict permission.


Dec 2020

Case of the month November 2020- Cosmetic Bonding

Our case of the month for November is cosmetic bonding or teeth bonding which is one of our favourite treatments. For those of you unaware of the process, let us explain for you. The Process of Cosmetic Bonding Essentially, the process is completely pain free. There is no cutting of the teeth so the underlying tooth enamel is left completely intact. Now this is a huge advantage! Removing tooth enamel removes the hardest tissue in the body and weakens the tooth considerably. There is no going back. Over time… READ MORE
Nov 2019

Case of the Month- November 2019

Our case of the month for November involves a re construction of the bite over a number of years. The main reason for treatment was due to severe tooth wear due to bruxism. Bruxism is essentially grinding at night to such an extent that the enamel is worn over a number of years. This can cause a number of problems such as: Tooth sensitivity Difficulty in eating Lack of a coherent bite Aesthetic issues Pain leading to root canal treatment in severe cases Tooth wear, on the whole, can be prevented or… READ MORE
Apr 2018

Case of the Month April 2018- Smile Transformation

Our case of the month for April is simply stunning. A smile transformation in the truest sense of the term. For those of you who have read our posts, we believe in minimally invasive dentistry. Essentially, this means working with your own natural teeth rather than cutting them down. After all, tooth enamel is the hardest tissue in the body- why destroy it? Our case presented with severe crowding, discolouration, occlusal problems (bite) and he wanted to correct the problems at hand with a minimally invasi… READ MORE
Mar 2017

No drilling dentistry

We practice MI dentistry- minimally invasive. Our whole ethos is based upon this principle whether it is a simple filling to a dental implant. Technology and education is key in this respect. Our Waterlase i Plus is simply amazing and has truly taken the practice into another dimension with regards to the dental care we can offer. Now we can provide fillings WITHOUT drilling and WITHOUT any anesthesia. After all, what would you prefer. A numb mouth or normal sensation and pain free dental care? Here is a… READ MORE


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