At Carousel Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, our primary goal is to provide your child with the best possible experience when they visit their dentist in Apple Valley, MN. We do this by employing the technology and techniques of minimally invasive dentistry. This is a conservative approach to dental treatment, and when we use these innovative techniques, it often eliminates the need for scary drilling or numbing injections. This ensures that children have the best experience possible, even if they need a dental filling or tooth crown.
Here are some minimally invasive techniques that Dr. Kyle and Dr. Katie use.
Dental Crown Placement Using the Hall Technique
Baby teeth are essential, and to preserve a decayed or broken baby tooth until it's ready to fall out on its own, our dentists may sometimes recommend a stainless steel crown to cover and protect the tooth.
After creating space between teeth with spacers, using the Hall technique, our dentists simply place the stainless steel crown over the compromised tooth and cement it. This process doesn't require numbing or drilling and is straightforward and comfortable for your little one.
Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF)
If your child has tooth decay, our dentists may be able to apply SDF to their compromised teeth to avoid having to drill and place a dental filling. SDF is a liquid applied to the teeth to stop the spread of bacteria and tooth decay. The silver in SDF eliminates any remaining bacteria and keeps the tooth stable to help avoid further treatment.
Atraumatic Restorative Treatment (ART)
The ART technique allows our dentists to remove tooth decay only using hand tools instead of a drill. Then they repair the cavity with a filling, never needing to numb the area to drill the tooth.
This approach isn't right for every case, but our dentists use it as much as possible to ensure your son or daughter is comfortable during their treatment.
If you'd like to learn more about minimally invasive dentistry in Apply Valley, MN, contact Carousel Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics.