The principle of minimally invasive Dentistry is based on the maintenance of tooth surface as much as possible even if the tooth has already been affected by caries. This approach keeps the tooth as intact as possible and therefore makes it time-resistant. The aggressive removal of tooth surface in the case of a carious lesion, especially if it is small, is not allowed since it weakens the tooth. In the future, the tooth may break and will need a restorative treatment with complex therapies such as root canal treatment, a crown or even an extraction and implant.
For this reason, we apply the principle of minimal intervention or even no intervention at all in cases where the carious lesions on the teeth are minimal.
In young teenagers this is even more important due to the age!
Thus, in cases of carious lesions limited to the enamel of the tooth, we do not drill the tooth but instead we place a preventive filling by using a special technique which does not allow the onset damage to go further. The damage stops developing because it no longer feeds on sugar and microbes necessary for the decay to progress.
This way we keep the teeth completely intact, which is the goal of modern Dentistry. Let us not forget that all of us adults who had to remove our teeth and put implants or even to have a root canal on our teeth and put crowns was because as teenagers we had put a lot of large fillings which eventually broke or even the tooth broke, leading to the need for a complex and costly rehabilitation. The best tooth is the untouched tooth!