Take a Minimally Invasive Approach to Dentistry
CHARLOTTE ? In this era, as people live longer lives, minimally invasive dentistry needs to become an integral component of a dental practice, according to a speaker at the 'Updates in Contemporary Dentistry Meeting', held here recently.
Ron Kaminer, DDS, challenged the dentists in attendance to try new things to improve the way they practice dentistry, including trying new techniques in minimally invasive treatment. He said innovations in diagnostics and therapeutics have enabled his practice to attract new patients, even in a tumultuous economic climate.
Dr. Kaminer began his lecture by defining minimally invasive dentistry as ?performing the least amount of treatment to accomplish the task while conserving the most amount of dental anatomical structure,? using, of course, early detection techniques.
Next Generation Diagnostics
Dr. Kaminer noted that next-generation diagnostics, like the VELscope, which detects oral abnormalities, and the use of intraoral cameras like Polaris (Air Techniques) can assist clinicians in providing the best care for their patients, while maintaining a minimally invasive approach.
Dr. Kaminer stressed the importance of early caries detection, emphasizing that traditional drilling and filling does not stop or treat the caries disease process. He noted that caries science now includes identifying, documenting, treating, and then validating known caries risk factors as well as treating the results of the disease. Many diagnostic and therapeutic products are available to assist clinicians in making prudent recommendations for interventions, Dr. Kaminer said. He stressed the importance of using saliva as a diagnostic tool, and said that there are several cavity detection systems on the market to help with detection and diagnosis. Dr. Kaminer said it is also important to involve the patient in the caries prevention discussion, and advocate using products that can combat tooth and gum decay. He highlighted the Church & Dwight products, which include a number of formulas that include fluoride for caries protection. He noted that these products alter the PH levels in the mouth, providing a poor environment for cariogenic causing bacteria.
Patients Still Want Whitening
Another offering that can set practices apart is whitening. Dr. Kaminer cited data that showed that one of the top cosmetic items that people are getting, even in this tough economy, is whitening procedures. He said many are patients having their teeth whitened and requesting relatively inexpensive cosmetic procedures to impress potential new employers. He discussed SDI?s Pola line of products, which he noted is a 38% hydrogen peroxide tooth whitening product. With Pola, whiter teeth are achieved in about 30 minutes, including preparation, efficiently providing results without excessive time being wasted chairside.
Taking A Team Approach
Dr. Kaminer summed up his presentation by urging the dentists in attendance to invest in technology to grow their practices. He said even in this tough economic climate, good patient relations, coupled with an array of offerings, can set your practice apart.