A Complete Guide to Minimally Invasive Dentistry in 2020

We’re fortunate to live in an age of booming technology and medical advancements. But with this constant influx of research, it can be overwhelming to stay up-to-date with the latest best practices. This is especially true when it comes to dental care.

The traditional restorative care you likely grew up with (i.e., a lot of drilling) is out, and minimally invasive dentistry is in. This less-is-more approach is both effective and comforting to adults and children alike. 

Does the thought of less drilling, less anxiety, and less money spent have you wanting to learn more? Read on to discover why more dentists are opting for minimally invasive dentistry and why you should too!

Minimally Invasive Dentistry and Its Principles 

Minimally invasive dentistry aims to preserve original tissue and conserve healthy tooth structure. This proactive philosophy strives to detect caries (cavities) at the earliest level. In this way, dentists are better able to diagnose, intercept, and treat them in a less invasive manner. 

  • Prevention: Are you starting to question everything your dentist has ever told you? Rest-assured, preventative dentistry and oral healthcare routines remain paramount in establishing a healthy smile. Prevention is, in fact, a cornerstone of minimally invasive dentistry. 

  • Risk-assessment: Dental exams continue to assess the risk of tooth decay and carious lesions. Yet there is an increased focus on early disease detection and prevention. 

  • Remineralization strategies: Cutting-edge research confirms that there are many strategies in which your original tooth structure can help repair itself. New biocompatible materials allow dentists to fill lesions to prevent future cavity fillings.

  • The shift from “replacement” to “repair”: Your goals and needs remain at the forefront. But, there has been a shift in how to meet them best. There is now a reprioritization of respect for your original tissue. Drill-use and large fillings have become more of a last resort than a knee-jerk response. 

  • Less invasive: Perhaps the most exciting principle for patients, is that procedures are typically less invasive. Even as you lower your costs and anxiety, feel free to keep your expectations high. 

Minimally Invasive Dentistry for Infants, Children, and Adolescents 

The image of a drill-happy dentist is typical of traditional restorative dentistry.  It is also, however, outdated.  The basics of preventative care, such as brushing twice a day, flossing, and biannual dental exams/cleanings remain the same. But you must make sure that you and your child’s dentist are on the same page about minimally invasive dental practices. 

You know firsthand the effects of childhood dental experiences can have on your relationship to oral healthcare. Minimally invasive dentistry offers an opportunity to build a more positive association between dental visits and oral health for your little ones!

Enhance your child’s comfort, reduce their anxiety, and feel confident that you are providing them with the best dental care possible. 

Next Steps: Choosing the Right Dentist 

You’re convinced: minimally invasive dentistry is the solution, yet one problem remains: how do I find the right dentist for my child?

As the understanding of cavities has grown over the years, so has the adoption of minimally invasive dentistry principles. Yet, not all dental practices are on board. It is crucial to find a dental practice whose values align seamlessly with your own. It’s also essential that the practice’s vision remains unified across all staff–from the dentist to the hygenist to the receptionist! 

Dentistry is continuously changing, but finding a dentist who stays up-to-date to provide the best care for you and your loved ones? Now, that’s something to smile about. 

In search of a new dentist for your child? Contact Children’s Dental Specialities in Worcester, Massachusetts and schedule your first appointment today!

Should Your Insurance Company Dictate Your Level of Dental Care?

Dental Insurance dictating care

We often have patients decide not to have certain procedures performed because their insurance does not cover that particular service.  Sadly, this is especially true of preventative procedures.  It can be frustrating for dentists when a service needs to be performed, but the decision of an insurance company gets in the way.

Don’t let insurance decide your treatment options.

We would like to encourage you not to let insurance companies dictate your level of care.  Like most businesses, their primary function is to make a profit. Insurance policies and health plans are designed to give you what the insurance company considers adequate care to balance their costs versus the premium that you are currently paying.  Likewise, your employers’ choices of health plan benefits are based primarily on cost versus coverage.  This is all understandable, but what your insurance does and does not cover should not be the final factor in deciding the care you and your family receives.  Even if you have to pay out of pocket, the future benefits of preventative care may far outweigh the immediate financial cost.

An ounce of prevention…

Preventative procedures such as fluoride treatments, sealants and x-rays are among the most frequently declined dental services because they can seem optional, unnecessary and are not always covered by every health plan.  Many insurance policies, for example, will only cover one fluoride treatment each year even though having a fluoride treatment at each visit can help prevent cavities in children.   Less costly preventative care can often save you and your family from the pain and discomfort of cavities as well as save you money.  It’s not uncommon for patients to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars for dental problems that must be taken care of when earlier care could have prevented the issue at a fraction of the cost.


We’re here to help you make the best decision.

We are very sensitive to your families’ budget and always try to help you make the best care decision possible.  We would never suggest treatment that we don’t think our patients need. Please feel free to ask us about any of the services that we offer.  Give us an opportunity to explain the benefits of each procedure so that you can make informed decisions.  Don’t let an insurance company pick the level of care your family receives.


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