Conservative dentistry is a branch of stomatology that patients encounter most often. Its primary purpose is fighting dental plaque and contagious teeth disease known as decay. These objectives are met thanks to two cardinal methods, namely prophylaxis and conservative teeth treatment.
What does Conservative Dentistry Deal with?
This field of stomatology strives to protect the patient’s teeth against decay. If, however, the bacteria have already advanced, the specialist is able to treat this condition swiftly and effectively. The decay itself damages and even destroys an infected tooth; the bacteria cover ever greater fragments of the enamel, and they even can permeate into the pulp (the nerve & blood vessels of the tooth). The untreated disease can attack adjacent teeth, gums, and the bone surrounding the teeth causing its inflammation.
What does conservative dentistry deal with? It is concerned with the aforementioned prophylactic and conservative treatment. The prophylaxis is a way of protecting the teeth against bacteria. Diligent attention to the hygiene of the oral cavity and treating the gaps between teeth with dental floss constitute the core elements of a healthy smile. The surface of the teeth is an area where plaque builds up, and with time it can turn into a scale. The purpose behind proper teeth cleaning is to remove the plaque before it assumes the form which renders its removal more complicated. However, if the scale does appear, an appointment with a dental hygienist should be booked. The procedures such as scaling, sandblasting, and polishing will remove the plaque and improve the condition of the teeth. The dental floss removes food particles from the spaces between the teeth, which is particularly important, as these areas are beyond the reach of the toothbrush; food particles may become a substrate for the bacteria which cause the diseases.
Regular check-up appointments are enormously important, as they allow the dentist to spot the disease in its early stage when it is easier to treat it. During the check-up, the specialist carefully examines the state of the patient’s dentition in search of lesion instances, which may indicate the incipient stage of the disease; if the lesion is discovered, the treatment can be provided immediately. At our surgery, the check-up appointment is always conducted with the aid of the dental microscope. This kind of appointment should be booked two times a year, which allows an in-time detection of all lesion instances.
The conservative treatment are procedures which remove the bacteria and fix the damages caused by them. If the decay strikes a tooth, the latter has to be cleansed from the lesion-impacted tissue. The infected part is removed and the tooth is disinfected. After all instances of the lesion are removed, the specialist restores the tooth; the scope of the restoration work depends on the developmental stage of the disea. If the decay had reached its advanced stage, prosthetic restoration of the crown of the tooth may be required. If the bacteria permeate into the pulp, the only solution which allows saving the tooth is root canal treatment. The stomatologist removes the decayed fragments of the tooth and the pulp that has been infected. Once the tooth has been cleaned, it is filled with a special substance and closed again. Also in case of the root canal therapy, the scope of the restoration work depends on the decay advancement level.