Minimally Invasive Dentistry in Oakbrook Terrace
At George Rivera, DDS, we believe the best dentistry is the least amount of dentistry possible. Advances in our field have allowed Dr. Rivera and our team to perform minimally invasive dentistry (MID) to increase patient comfort and perform more precise and less destructive procedures.
What Exactly Is MID?
MID is a philosophy and a technique that focuses on treating conditions like dental caries with as little change to the tooth’s natural structure as possible. This approach ensures that a patient’s teeth are kept functional for life. With MID, we can preserve tooth structure while still providing our patients with the treatment they need, whether it be cavity care, periodontology, or oral rehabilitation.
Our MID Philosophy
At George Rivera, DDS, Dr. Rivera uses a surgical microscope for increased precision during treatment, and it assists in the early detection of tooth decay. By removing as little of the tooth structure as possible, MID effectively treats and prevents tooth decay (dental caries). Dr. Rivera believes in treating patients with as much efficiency and precision as possible. As such, he strives to use innovative techniques and materials to promote minimally invasive dental procedures.
Early Detection and Prevention
Early detection of dental caries and other dental conditions leads to early prevention or intervention. In addition to traditional x-rays, we use other methods to detect and treat tooth decay early, such as laser dentistry and microscopic dentistry. MID is effective restorative dentistry that can help keep your teeth healthier for much longer than more destructive techniques in the past.
MID also changes how we repair affected teeth. For example, we use advanced, tooth-colored materials for bonding and fillings that are stronger and less invasive than other materials like metal amalgam.
Customized, Conservative Dental Care
Dental caries is the most prevalent oral disease worldwide, but it is also 100 percent preventable. Cavities have traditionally been treated by the somewhat destructive approach of “drilling and filling.” However, MID helps Dr. Rivera prevent cavities from causing further damage while also preserving the tooth’s structure.
Tooth decay occurs when bacteria permanently damages the teeth, creating tiny holes in the tooth structure. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing between your teeth helps eliminate cavity-causing bacteria from forming.
Dr. Rivera will develop a personalized care plan for you to ensure you get the best treatment possible.
First, Dr. Rivera will complete a cavity risk assessment known as Caries Management By Risk Assessment (CAMBRA).
With CAMBRA, we look at other factors that may contribute to the development of cavities, such as:
- A patient’s dental hygiene, lifestyle, and diet
- The different types and amount of bacteria already present in the mouth
- Quality of saliva flow needed to neutralize the oral acids that cause cavities
Based on these results, Dr. Rivera can create a personalized prevention plan and treatment strategy.
The Bioclear Method
The Bioclear Method is a modern approach to minimally-invasive restorative dentistry. We use The Bioclear Method to rejuvenate worn, broken, or discolored teeth so patients can enjoy a strong and healthy smile for many years. Bioclear allows our team to help you to achieve a radiant smile without sacrificing your tooth's natural structure to do so.
This non-invasive approach to dental care doesn't damage your teeth, and it keeps your smile as complete and natural as possible while delivering exceptional cosmetic results. Bioclear is also a very affordable and long-lasting solution to enhancing and strengthening your teeth's appearance and function.
Minimally Invasive Dentistry in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
George Rivera, DDS focuses on preventing disease by halting its progress and removing and replacing as little original healthy tissue as possible. We adopt the MID philosophy because we believe in comprehensive and smile-preserving diagnosis, risk assessment, and preventive care. Because dental fillings are not permanent and can fracture, we want to offer an alternative to invasive treatments.
To learn more about MID at our Oakbrook Terrace dental office, please contact us today. We look forward to speaking with you about this smile-preserving approach!