Minimally Invasive Dentistry
What if visiting your dentist in Middletown was always comfortable and virtually pain-free? With many of today’s updated materials combined with modern dental procedures, it actually can be!
We want you to know that your comfort is a top priority to us here at Summit Dental, and Dr. Karian is conservative when diagnosing dental treatment. This means you can rest assured knowing that the treatment he recommends for you and your family members is really what is needed to achieve and maintain excellent dental health.
Dr. Karian also invests in dental materials and utilizes techniques that allow him to provide minimally invasive dentistry to his patients that results in a more pleasant and stress-free experience.
Icon® Dental Treatment
Icon® is a leading-edge dental treatment that allows your Middletown dentist to treat tooth decay early on or white spots (fluorosis) on your teeth in the least invasive manner.
Icon® uses dental resin placed into a treated tooth to fill and reinforce enamel that has been compromised by tooth decay or early cavities. Icon® can also give a tooth with white spots a more uniform appearance. All of this is completed without ever using a drill or without the need for dental anesthetic.
By treating a compromised tooth early, it can eliminate the need for filling in the future and preserve more natural tooth structure.
What Causes White Spots?
Icon® can eliminate those troublesome white spots on your teeth that you may have been living with since childhood. Some of the causes of white spots are:
- Fluorosis: sometimes caused by the consumption of too much fluoride during childhood
- Poor dental hygiene: especially when wearing braces
- Enamel hypoplasia: occurs when tooth enamel doesn’t develop properly
- Eating too much sugar or acidic foods: this can eat away at tooth enamel
Silver Diamine Fluoride
Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) uses silver and fluoride to help control active decay in a tooth. Silver utilizes its anti-microbial properties to help strengthen dentin, which is the protective layer of your tooth; while fluoride can remineralize enamel that has been compromised by tooth decay. Better yet, SDF is easily applied by brushing it onto the tooth, making it a less invasive treatment with no need for anesthetics or drilling.
SDF is FDA-approved and can be beneficial in stopping the progression of tooth decay in children until they’re more comfortable having treatment. It can also be helpful for more mature patients who have trouble sitting in the dental chair for more extended periods required by more complicated treatment procedures.
Learn More by Contacting Summit Dental
If you would like to learn more about how Dr. Karian provides minimally invasive dentistry in Middletown, DE with treatments like Icon® and SDF, please contact our dental office today at (302) 376-1500 for more information.