Even with the most diligent preventative measures, tooth decay sometimes happens. The good news is that modern dental innovations mean many kids’ cavities can now be filled without drilling. If you are interested in minimally invasive dentistry, please visit one of our three office locations in Buda, TX, South Austin, TX, and Kyle!
Our mouths are filled with bacteria, and the foods that we eat, especially sugars and starches, help bacteria grow and produce acids. The acids eat into the protective enamel on teeth, creating flaws that weaken the tooth’s structure and eventually lead to tooth decay.
Today, if the decay is spotted before it reaches the dentin, the problem can be solved with infiltration treatment rather than drilling.
When a dentist spots white or brown spots on a tooth, infiltration treatment uses resin to arrest decay’s development before it reaches the dentin. The resin penetrates the weak spots on the tooth’s enamel and hardens there. This serves three purposes:
Tooth filling with no drilling is a major advance in kids’ dentistry, stopping decay in its tracks without pain or destruction of healthy tooth surfaces.