What is conservative dentistry?“Conservative dentistry” is a term used to describe a dental approach that focuses on restorative or cosmetic dental treatment that preserves as much of your healthy tooth structure as possible. Preventative oral care and treatment is also an important factor of Conservative dentistry when it comes to preventing damage to healthy teeth from decay and cavities in the first place.
Minimal prepWhile aggressive tooth preparation – such as over excavation, abrasion or drilling of a cavity – may irreversibly remove too much of your healthy tooth structure, our ultra-conservative dentistry aims to retain as much of it as possible. We always ensure that the structural integrity of your remaining natural tooth structure remains intact, which in turn provides a stronger foundation for the restoration – reducing the risk of your restoration failing. Nowadays, advances in dental adhesive (bonding) technology and technique have reduced the need to remove excess healthy tooth structure for the purpose of seating or anchoring a fixed prosthodontic device, such as a crown or bridge.
Types of conservative treatmentConservative dentistry encompasses a range of direct and indirect preventative/restorative dental treatments, including:
- new and replacement fillings
- inlays and onlays
- root canal treatment
- gum disease treatment
The benefitsIt is important to preserve healthy tooth structure because there is no better substitute, when it comes to chewing and biting your food, than your own natural teeth. Healthy teeth are naturally designed to resist the forces generated when biting, chewing and breaking down your food. If you haven’t lost any teeth, they stay in alignment, and continue to provide you with matching opposing tooth surfaces with which to grind and masticate your food more effectively – for better digestion and nutrition. Additionally, research has shown that retaining more of your natural teeth into old age is linked to increased longevity.