As a successful dentist in Joondalup, I feel that it is my job to keep up on all advances in the dental profession. We are always aware of and open to all cutting edge technology and techniques in our field. If a recent study is right, trips to the dentist may become a lot less stressful for patients.
According to Associate Professor Wendell Evans of the University of Sydney, the “drill and fill” approach to dentistry may be unnecessary in many cases. Professor Evans led a study at the University in which the results indicated cavities could be reduced by 30% to 50% through early detection and preventative oral care.
According to Professor Evans, “It is unnecessary for patients to have fillings (in many cases) because they are not required.” The study indicates that a preventative approach is more effective in preventing early decay from turning into cavities.
According to the study, it can take as long as four to eight years for decay that shows up in the outer enamel layer to progress all the way into the inner dentine layer. The current approach by many dentists is to “drill and fill” at the first signs of decay in the enamel. According to Professor Evans, drilling and filling are not necessary until the cavity has migrated to the dentine layer.
Professor Evans and his team have developed the Caries Management System (CMS), designed to provide protocols for treating decay that hasn’t yet reached the dentine layer. In other words: before it has become a cavity.
What it Means to Your Dental Services
First and foremost, it is important to make regular visits to the dentist. With two convenient offices in Joondalup and long hours, we can accommodate nearly any schedule. We have always been somewhat aggressive with preventative techniques and conservative on “filling and drilling,” so news like this is right along the lines of what we were already doing. But you have to make those regular trips to the dentist if you want your mouth to stay healthy.
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