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Less Invasive Dentistry

Historically, dentistry has tended towards some rather invasive procedures that involve the reduction of healthy tooth enamel and oral tissues to create the desired esthetic enhancements or to accommodate dental crowns, bridges and veneers. As the demand for beautiful smiles increases, millions of healthy teeth are aggressively prepared each year in the name of smile makeovers and instant orthodontics. The invasive approach to dentistry neglects the long-term health and function of the oral tissues. Today, it is preferable to use less invasive treatments that focus on tissue conservation, function, and long-term esthetics.

Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Dentistry

The goal of minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry is to achieve optimum results in terms of health, function and esthetics with minimum treatment intervention. by using conservative and minimally invasive treatment options, the least amount of dentistry is performed and any tooth structure removal is kept to an absolute minimum. The benefits of of minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry include reduction of patient fear, healthy tooth preservation, preservation of oral function and reduction of treatment cost.

I believe that a patient’s cosmetic desires alone should not be the sole rationale for cosmetic dentistry. One of the most important aspects of dentistry is the improvement of the health and function of the teeth and oral tissues. During any cosmetic dental procedure where healthy oral tissue is being treated with no direct benefit to health or function, treatment modalities should be restricted to non-invasive or minimally-invasive procedures.

In recent years, new techniques and materials have resulted in less invasive methods to restore beauty and function to teeth. Instead of grinding down or reducing natural tooth structure to accommodate an esthetic restoration, minimally invasive procedures such as no-prep dental veneers can create a beautiful, lasting smile without damaging natural teeth. Less invasive or “prepless” cosmetic dental procedures can often be done more quickly and with less discomfort to the patient.

Less Invasive Philosophy

I believe that a patient’s cosmetic desires alone should not be the sole rationale for cosmetic dentistry. One of the most important aspects of dentistry is the improvement of the health and function of the teeth and oral tissues. During any cosmetic dental procedure where healthy oral tissue is being treated with no direct benefit to health or function, treatment modalities should be restricted to non-invasive or minimally-invasive procedures. “Do no harm” should always be the credo of all cosmetic dentists.

Author Info

Dr. Howard Steinberg

Dr. Howard M. Steinberg is a prosthodontist — a specialist in restoring and replacing teeth. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 1980. He then completed a 3-year residency training program in prosthodontics earning the Master's of Dental Science degree.

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