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Minimally-Invasive Dentistry in Sioux Falls

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Minimize Your Child’s Discomfort During Treatment

If your child is nervous about visiting the dentist, Dr. Conner is here to help. As an expert in minimally-invasive dentistry, Dr. Conner can provide your child with the high-quality dental care they need, while minimizing the need for dental tools like numbing needles, dental drills, and more. Give us a call today to learn more about our minimally-invasive dental services in Sioux Falls.

What Is Silver Diamine Fluoride? Understanding the Basics

Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) is a non-invasive alternative to traditional dental fillings, and is a good option for decayed baby teeth that must be preserved until they fall out naturally as your child ages.

SDF consists of a mixture of ammonia, silver, fluoride, and water. This mixture is applied directly to the decayed tooth and removes the bacteria that progress decay. A fluoride varnish is applied after SDF, sealing the tooth and preventing further decay.

SDF treatment is completely non-invasive, requires no drilling, and is suitable for most minor-to-moderate cavities in baby teeth. Your child will feel safe and comfortable throughout the entire process. However, it’s not recommended for adult teeth, as it stains the tooth enamel black. It also is not suitable for large cavities.

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SMART Fillings (Silver Modified Atraumatic Restorative Technique)

SMART fillings use SDF as well as a filling made of a glass ionomer material. Instead of trimming your child’s tooth to prepare for a filling, the SMART process uses SDF. The SDF is applied directly to the decayed tooth and kills the bacteria causing decay.

Then, Dr. Conner will use a glass ionomer material to fill the tooth. This helps restore the tooth structure, and masks the black stain caused by the application of SDF.

The SMART technique requires absolutely no drilling or numbing needles, and it can be done in just a single appointment in our Sioux Falls office, making it very convenient and comfortable for your child. In addition, it’s often more affordable than traditional fillings, making it a budget-friendly option.

The HALL Crown Placement Technique

The HALL crown placement technique is a minimally invasive option for restoring decayed baby teeth. In this treatment methodology, the decayed tooth is cleaned and sanitized, and a pre-fitted stainless steel crown is cemented over the tooth to protect it from further damage. Compared to traditional crowns, it offers faster results and enhanced patient comfort, and it is usually an affordable treatment alternative. Here’s how it works:

Cleaning the Tooth

First, Dr. Conner will begin by cleaning the tooth to eliminate the bacteria that are causing tooth decay to ensure that your child’s tooth is prepared for the crown. No drilling or numbing is required.

Choosing a Pre-Fitted Crown

Next, a pre-fitted crown will be chosen based on the size and placement of your child’s tooth. Dr. Conner will ensure that your child receives a crown that will fit into their mouth perfectly, and restore their bite and smile.

Placing the Stainless Steel Crown

After the proper crown size has been chosen, Dr. Conner will fill the crown with a powerful glass ionomer cement, and then place the crown over the decayed rear tooth. Your child will bite down onto a cotton roll or bite stick while the cement cures. Then, any excess cement will be removed, and the process is complete.