Minimal Intervention Dentistry at Dove Holistic Dental Centre

Do You Know What Minimal Intervention (MI) Dentistry can do for you?

MI Dentistry is all about keeping your teeth and gums healthy for life. Today's dentistry is not just about damage limitation, MI dentistry is a modern proven approach embracing whole body health and less invasive treatment.

It's effective because it helps you and your dental team work together to reduce the damaging impact of daily life on your teeth and gums.

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    Before treatment
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    After treatment
    "This lady didn't like the colour and appearance her discoloured tooth. Without doing any drilling, we were able to bond a white filling material to the front of the tooth".

Why Is Minimal Intervention important?

'Prevention is better than cure'- and this philosophy is at the heart of MI dentistry. Not only will you enjoy better oral health, but also you will acquire a far better knowledge of how to maintain it throughout your life-not to mention a better looking smile!

The aim of MI dentistry is to reduce the risk of the more expensive, invasive dental treatments by maintaining a healthier mouth and visiting your dentist regularly.

How Do I know if my dentist is practicing MI Dentistry?

Here at Dove Holistic Dental Centre we will talk you through your oral health assessments and any treatment needed during check-ups- telling you what we are doing and why. We may ask you questions about your health, diet or lifestyle and offer advice and tips about how to improve your oral health.

MI is all about getting you involved, so do ask us about care and treatments-we will be more than happy to explain and advise.

There is a wide range of care, treatments and products that fall into the MI dentistry, from regular check-ups to more complex diagnostic tests and simple procedures including:

  • Simple tests of your saliva and dental plaque to assess your risk of future problems.
  • Air abrasion techniques for the less invasive treatment.
  • Fissure Sealants and varnishes to help improve cavity formation in back teeth.
  • Personally tailored advice on how to improve your oral health through small lifestyle changes.
  • Creams, gels and other products to apply to your teeth to help reverse the effects of early decay.
Remember, Minimal Intervention dentistry works with you to help keep your teeth healthy for life.
A regular visit to a GP involves the routine checking of key health indicators

The Minimal Intervention Tests.

A regular visit to a GP involves the routine checking of key health indicators (e.g. blood pressure, cholesterol) to check current health status and encourage good health practices.

The same opportunity exists for dental practitioners where simple Minimal Intervention tests help formulate clearer picture of your current oral health status.

Basic routine screening.

Only 1 minute for a Saliva pH test.
Only 1 minute for a Salivia pH test.

As part of initial assessment; which can easily be incorporated as part of your routine dental check up; are tests for checking acidity of both resting saliva and plaque.

A low saliva pH reading indicates an oral environment favouring demineralisation of the tooth. Patients are therefore at increased risk of sensitivity, erosion or caries.

Simple tests allowing us to determine if you have a high risk of tooth decay.

A delicate balance exists between health and disease. It involves acids and bacteria in plaque competing with protective factors provided through normal salivary flow and good hygiene.

  • When the saliva is unable to buffer acid the oral balance will favour demineralization (decay).
  • When the saliva can buffer acid the oral balance will favour remineralisation (repair).

A new, patient friendly saliva test will enable us to understand the condition of your saliva. This will help us in planning an appropriate treatment and prevention program tailored specifically for you.

We can understand your oral environment better with these tests

GC Plaque Indicator Test.
  • We can check the flow rate, viscosity and consistency of non-stimulated saliva.
  • We can check the acidity of your resting saliva. This will determine whether acid levels may be dangerously high, hence cause possible problems.
  • We can check the quantity of stimulated saliva you can produce. This enables us to identify any possible salivary gland disease or underfunction.
  • We can check the acid neutralising capacity of your saliva. This will establish your risk to tooth decay.
We can identify the acidity of your plaque

The GC Plaque Indicator Test

Plaque formation is something that is very often normal for most of you; however how potentially damaging the plaque is and exactly which plaque sites are problem sites is more difficult to identify.

With our tests we can identify who is at a higher risk of tooth decay and also which sites are at higher risk. We can then discuss a prevention orientated treatment plan to improve your oral health status.