Healing Small Cavities
Part of the minimally invasive approach to dentistry is to try remineralization of small cavities when possible. Our body, including teeth, has the potential for healing under the right conditions. The problem is that the process is relatively slow, and the process of destruction can be relatively fast. In order to heal cavities, we need to slow the destruction process (demineralization) and speed up the healing process (remineralization).
Changing your diet is an important factor for doing both parts of the process. Everything that enters the mouth has the potential to contribute to both healing and destruction. We will recommend diet changes that can promote remineralization and prevent plaque and bacterial overgrowth. When indicated, antibacterial treatments can also help protect your teeth and give them time to heal. Saliva flow and quality can be assessed to ensure that you have all of the natural tools to fight decay.
As it is part of a very personalized process, remineralization requires work on your part, as well as dietary modification, lifestyle changes, remineralization techniques, and monitoring in the dental office.
Fluoride-free Options for Cavity Prevention
We offer fluoride-free treatment options for cavity prevention.
Nano Hydroxyapatite is a form of calcium crystal. It remineralizes your teeth and promotes bone growth, helping to prevent decay.
MI Paste is a sugar-free water-based cream that helps to condition, protect, and rebuild your tooth’s surface. It replenishes calcium and phosphate to remineralize your teeth and prevent decay.
Not all areas of decay can be remineralized, so restoration of the teeth can often be required. When we do perform restorations (“fillings”), we carefully consider the materials used and try to reduce exposure to toxic materials. As part of our commitment to holistic dentistry, we are constantly searching for the most biocompatible dental materials on the market, and we also work with patients who have specific needs. If allergies to a material are noted, we are happy to provide you with alternatives. We also provide metal-free crowns and metal-free implants.
Choose Holistic Dentistry for a Healthier You
If you’re looking for a holistic dentist in Rochester, NY, call (585) 244-3337 or make an appointment online. Our Rochester holistic dentists are here to help you live a healthier life.