How Minimally Invasive Dentistry can help those with Dental Phobias

Dental anxiety can be minimised using minimally invasive techniques in Harley Street London

It is thought that around 90% of the population of the UK hold a fear about dental visits to some degree. Whilst for many, this is relatively minor, for others, it is a significant fear and one which stops many people from receiving the regular dental care which they require to keep their teeth in good shape.

As with all phobias, the reality of the situation is rarely anything like as bad as the perception of it and dentistry is no different. Whilst there are many techniques which can help to calm a person, such as meditation for example, many cosmetic dentists in London also offer conscious sedation to help their patients. Sometimes, simply just having the right information can help a person to face their fear and overcome it.

One factor which should help many dental phobics is the fact that many dentists in London and the rest of the UK now practice what is often referred to as ‘minimally invasive dentistry’

This simple term should go a long way to easing the mind of a nervous patient as it focuses on a dentist only doing the minimum of dental work that is needed for any particular problem. For example, if the patient has a tiny spot of decay on a tooth, then this is all that would be removed and the rest of the tooth would be left as intact as possible.

The technique that is chosen to be performed for each situation would also be based on this criteria and any procedure which leads to as little work being done on the tooth as possible would be considered. Naturally, the procedure still has to be efficient. A simple filling for example would nearly certainly be useless on a tooth that has broken off leaving perhaps 50% of the tooth. In cases like this, an extraction would be the most likely scenario, although if it was appropriate, a crown may be considered which would be less invasive. It would very much depend on each individual case.

The material used in these procedures too will be based on a balance of its appropriateness and how long it will last. Modern ceramics are often the easiest and most aesthetic materials to use for a cavity for example, however, it is not an especially strong material and is unlikely to be appropriate in certain cases such as for a tooth that is heavily used for biting and chewing; here, something more substantial may need to be used.

Materials and any equipment that is used will have been extensively researched and approved by dental regulators making them as efficient as possible.

Laboratories too, where dentures and veneers etc are made, will also have been approved and will abide by the same standards that are required.

Although using this minimally invasive method may not entirely free a person of their fear of dentists, it should help to at least re-assure them that any procedure that will be done is being done because it is absolutely necessary and is very likely to help them to avoid more significant procedures later on if left untreated.

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