Researchers from the University of Sydney have found that dental caries can be stopped and treated through preventive oral care, without the drilling and filling procedures. The results of this seven-year study calls for a general shift towards a preventive approach in early dental decay treatment. For patients with dental fear, no-drill dentistry is a great reason to visit their dentist without experiencing the dreaded dentist’s drill.
Dental Caries or Tooth Decay
Dental professionals and scientist have struggled for many years to understand the exact cause of dental caries and the best way to stop it. Today, with the help of the Internet and your dentist, you can have a clear understanding of the chemical process that results in tooth decay.
The process of tooth decay is the same chemical process occurring in all other organic decomposition. The only difference is that the dental decay is happening in your mouth due to acid by-products that gradually destroy your precious teeth.
Once you notice the tooth decay is taking place, the process is already in an advanced stage. Detecting and stopping the development of decay before it requires the invasive procedure of drill and fill is something that modern dentistry has been trying to solve.
There are systems that aim to provide dental care and end the need for invasive drilling and filling approach. These are the Minimum Intervention Dentistry, Atraumatic Restorative Dentistry and the Caries Management System. With close attention to the patient’s condition, early detection and treatment of decay and intensive training in dental home care, dental decay can be cured – and this is the basic idea behind these no-drill treatment programs.
The team of Professor Wendell Evans, lead author of the oral healthy study, developed the Caries Management System. Their latest study finds no-drill dentistry is capable of stopping early caries without using the traditional approach. The CMS is a ten-step non-invasive strategy for arresting and remineralising early lesions. The ten steps of CMS no-drill treatment are as follows:
- Diet assessment
- Plaque assessment
- Bitewing radiographic survey
- Diagnosis and caries risk evaluation
- Case presentation about dental caries as well as diet assessment outcome and recommendations
- Oral hygiene instructions
- Professional and at-home topical fluoride application
- Monitoring of plaque control and treatment outcomes at every dental visit
- Recall program tailored to caries risk status
“The CMS was first tested on high risk patients at Westmead Hospital with great success.
It showed that early decay could be stopped and reversed and that the need for drilling and filling was reduced dramatically. A tooth should be only be drilled and filled where an actual hole-in-the-tooth (cavity) is already evident”, said Professor Evans.
Comprehensive Preventative Dentistry and Gentle Dental Care in Mernda
Learn how Caries Management System can benefit you and your children. For more information about CMS, make an appointment with us here at United Smiles in Mernda. United Smiles offers comprehensive and first-rate preventative dentistry to educate you about the importance of preventive dental care and inhibit the early signs of dental problems before they become serious and require invasive procedures. Visit your dental partners today at United Smiles to experience the benefits of no-drill dentistry.
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