Minimally Invasive Dentistry

Dr. Dennis Rinaldi practices minimally invasive dentistry, which is a treatment approach that concentrates on preserving as much natural tooth structure as possible. This begins by using advanced diagnostic tools and technologies to remove minimal amounts of tooth enamel, bone or soft tissue so that only the diseased or unhealthy portion is addressed.

Our primary focus is on controlling disease when it is present, then restoring form, function and aesthetics as needed.

Commonly Used Tools in Minimally Invasive Dentistry

Air Abrasion: Reduces the need for anesthesia, eliminates drill sounds that patients often associate with negative dental experiences, and increases patient comfort. It conserves tooth structure and strengthens bonded restorations.

Dental Lasers: Stimulate healing by stimulating cell growth and regeneration. They also reduce bleeding, swelling and pain. Dental lasers are commonly used in treating periodontal disease. The laser removes harmful toxins that damage the gums, eliminates diseased tissue and leaves healthy tissue intact. Then the laser forms a clot, which promotes gum tissue reattachment to teeth.

Digital X-rays: These diagnostic tools are helpful because they provide instantaneous images, while emitting less radiation than conventional X-rays.

Transillumination (CariVu) and Laser Decay Detection (DIAGNOdent): Tools such as the DIAGNOdent and CariVu enable us to identify areas of concern in the mouth before they become larger, costlier problems.

Intraoral Camera: A camera used within the mouth that takes greatly magnified pictures that allow patients to see what we see. This improves dental education and patient understanding of recommended treatment to help people get the dentistry they need in a timely manner.

Surgical Loupes: Three to five times magnification for more accurate diagnosis, treatment and results.

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Dentistry

  • Disease Management: The focus on understanding, evaluating and controlling disease risk factors means we can help patients understand and successfully combat oral diseases while also treating those diseases.
  • Conservative Gum Care: Techniques focus on preventing disease by removing plaque and bacteria that leads to gum inflammation to help reduce the need for gum surgery.
  • Stronger Teeth: Teeth remain stronger when more of the natural tooth is preserved.
  • Dental Implants: When teeth must be replaced, dental implants are used. Implants are the most permanent solution to missing teeth because they mirror natural teeth in strength and durability.
  • More Natural Appearance: The natural-looking materials used in treatments means that restorations leave your teeth looking natural.
  • Dental Materials and Products: Utilization of the latest, most biocompatible materials and technologies to restore teeth and eliminate disease.