Minimally Invasive Dentistry

Everyone loves needles and having their teeth drilled, right? Of course not! But that's what most dentists are doing, perhaps even as you read this sentence.

With kinetic cavity preparation, or "air abrasion," the old drill and fill is a thing of the past. At Pleasantville Dental Associates we employ the absolute latest technology to make your experience comfortable and, at the same time, preserve healthy tooth structure.

When the depth of decay indicates the use of a local anesthesia, or simply at a patient's request, we have no problem with providing whatever level of anesthetic desired. We value your input. But it is also not unusual to painlessly prepare teeth for restoration using the air abrasion technique and "Carisolv," a decay dissolving liquid; without the need for injections and hours of numbness.

The air abrasion technique uses very fine medical grade aluminum oxide powder which "sandblasts" the tooth via compressed air, achieving both the cavity preparation and decay removal with virtually no discomfort. When decay is more extensive, Carisolv, combined with a decay-indicating stain, allows for efficient and sure decay removal. This is our preferred technique for small to moderate cavities on the biting surface. When called for, it enables multiple teeth to be comfortably treated- saving both time and visits. We use air abrasion for all sealants, thus insuring that there isn't any decayed sealed in at the base of the pit or fissure.

Kinetic cavity preparation exploits weak, damaged tooth structure and leaves healthy areas untouched. In the past, the amount of tooth structure removed not only depended on the amount of decay, but also had to take into consideration the properties of the material used to restore the tooth. Minimally invasive dentistry when combined with tooth-colored "bonded" plastic resins does not have this requirement. For years now, it has been the norm that bonded teeth look natural and help restore the strength lost to decay by the adhesive properties of the material and technique.