Unfortunately, when many people think of the dentist, they associate the dentist’s office with pain. While this may once have been the case, modern dental techniques are quicker, easier, and more painless than ever. At the forefront of low-impact surgery is Minimally Invasive Dentistry, also called MInD or Micro-dentistry. Dr. Andrew C. Cobb is an experienced and highly skilled dentist who incorporates the latest in state-of-the-art dental technologies. He specializes in treating complex adult dental concerns and cosmetic complaints, using minimally invasive dentistry to maximize patient comfort.
How it Works
In traditional dentistry, many techniques depend on removing and replacing dental material in order to stabilize the mouth. The goal of minimally invasive is instead to maintain your teeth and gums. The key to this is preventing problems from occurring at all if possible. and identifying them early when they do occur. Early detection is essential to minimizing the intensity of treatment.
Advanced Diagnostic Technology
Dr. Cobb utilizes advanced technologies for easy and painless diagnosis. X-rays are a traditional but highly effective technique for diagnosing problem areas in the teeth and jaws. We use digital x-rays for more precise images that are more accessible and easily viewed on the computer. We also use imaging technologies such as intro-oral photography with a convenient handheld camera. This camera is a tiny video probe that can move comfortably around the inside of the mouth identifying problems that might be hard to see from the outside. Hate dental impressions? Dr. Cobb uses a digital impression, which uses lasers to create a 3-D image of your mouth and teeth in as little as five minutes- no more messy impression material or uncomfortable trays.
Preserve and Protect
At the root of preserving your natural tooth structure is you – the patient. Dr. Cobb’s approach relies on patient education to maximize dental health year-round, not just after professional cleanings. Preventing tooth and gum disease with good lifestyle decisions can eliminate the need for intensive treatment altogether, and otherwise minimize the effect of these complications when they do occur. Tooth repair is not just science but an art, and a conservative approach to treatment involves careful planning to maximize the effectiveness of supportive techniques such as sealants and minimize the use of dental crowns or tooth extractions.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are afraid of dental visits, minimally invasive treatment could transform your relationship with your dentist. Dr. Andrew C. Cobb in Washington, DC spends considerable time with each patient and would be happy to answer your questions about how a conservative approach could work for you. To schedule an appointment, contact us on our website or at (202) 455-0901.