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What Does A Conservative Approach Mean in Cosmetic Dentistry?

Many people often desire a beautiful smile but often fear or want to avoid the extensive surgical treatments often involved in cosmetic dentistry. Surgical procedures can be a daunting aspect of the restorative process, such as tooth extractions, but most cases don’t often need these extensive procedures. In fact, many cosmetic dentists have been opting in for more conservative, minimally-invasive treatments that work to improve the patient’s smile without the extensive costs and long visits to the dentist. But what is conservative dentistry all about? What does it mean to be minimally invasive?

How Conservative, Minimally-Invasive Treatment Works

Conservative dentistry works to preserve your teeth through minimally invasive procedures, and the goal of any conservative approach is to treat your teeth without removing any healthy tooth structures. Any attempt to remove your teeth can cause your oral health to become weaker and more prone to dental problems later on down the road and can be exceedingly expensive, depending on the type of treatment you need. Conservative treatments focus on protecting your oral health by providing treatment methods that only slightly adjust your tooth structure or work even to strengthen your teeth through various methods. 

Minimally invasive treatments tend to focus on removing any tooth structures necessary to restore them to the best state possible. In these cases, cosmetic dentists focusing on conservative methods tend to focus on conserving the tooth’s structure by removing as little as possible and providing treatment options that can help improve the patient’s teeth aesthetically. In order to do so, there are many treatments that can be considered minimally invasive, including: 

  • Teeth Whitening: Teeth whitening is considered a non-invasive procedure, but nevertheless can improve a person’s smile instantly without the need for surgical procedures. Through just a few whitening sessions, many patients can experience the benefits of a whiter, more aesthetically pleasing smile.  
  • Invisalign: Invisalign is a clear retainer that can be worn at any time, and consistent wear can help realign your teeth without the need for traditional braces. It’s removable, aesthetically pleasing, and highly practical for those wanting to straighten their teeth without the use of invasive braces. 
  • Dental Bonding: Bonding procedures work to help repair small areas of teeth using a bonding material, allowing dentists to sculpt the tooth back to an aesthetically pleasing appearance. Dental bonding procedures are often used for chipped, cracked, and mildly broken teeth that aren’t affected by decay or infection. 
  • Microabrasion: Microabrasions help remove small areas of enamel to prepare for other restorative procedures such as porcelain veneers. While the enamel removed is permanent, it’s removed microscopically so that the tooth’s internal structure and health remain intact. 

Subtle, Effective Means Of Dental Treatment

For people concerned about their teeth and want dental treatment, cosmetic dentists can combine the best of both worlds, especially ones that specialize in conservative measures. Conservative dentistry has been on the rise within the last decade, and through your primary dentist, you can find a cosmetic dentist that will treat your teeth and provide you with an aesthetically pleasing smile without sacrificing any healthy structure.

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Dr. Beau Blankenship, DDS Under the guidance of Dr. Beau Blankenship, Sabal General Dentistry brings dental care to families in and around the Rockdale, TX area with over a decade of experience. As a dental surgery graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center, he focuses on building patient relationships that last a lifetime.

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