This is about a new way of thinking about the treatment for tooth decay. We can treat early decay with 'medicine' rather than physically removing the decay. This partly relies on the use of the laser cavity scanner.
MID preserves tooth structure so less work is done on the tooth in its lifetime. Once a tooth is drilled and filled it will always need treatment, we are trying to avoid this cycle.
Tooth decay is known to be an infection, caused by very specific acid producing bacteria. This acid does tremendous harm to teeth; it sucks the calcium crystals out of a tooth, a process known as demineralisation. Traditional ways of dealing with it is surgically, i.e. where the decayed part of the tooth is removed with a drill, and then the tooth is filled.
MID is all about using modern techniques to first of all diagnose the infection in its earliest stages, and then to employ modern techniques that avoids or minimise the use of the drill. The other difference with traditional methods is that as well as treating the tooth minimally we can also alter the oral environment such that self healing of the tooth is more likely.
What we are trying to do is to stop the tooth from being filled in the first place. We will then stop a lifetimes worth of treatment on the tooth. Once a tooth is filled it will always need treatment.
Good habits with regards to oral hygiene and a sensible balanced diet need be encouraged when children are of a young age.
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