A visit to the dentist’s office can be scary, with all those surgical tools, drilling, and tooth removal. Raymond Hsu, DDS, MAGD, LLSR, believes in offering minimally invasive dentistry at Wellness Centered Dentistry in Redmond, Washington. He always first looks to use minimally invasive procedures to address a variety of oral health concerns, saving you time and money and limiting your stress. Call or use the online booking tool to set up a consultation with him today.
Minimally invasive dentistry refers to techniques Dr. Hsu uses to preserve your natural tooth structure without overuse of invasive drilling and filling.
Dr. Hsu is a firm believer in minimally invasive dentistry. He understands that for many people visiting the dentist can be intimidating, and often complicated procedures can be painful, time-consuming, and expensive. Dr. Hsu exhausts all conservative, minimally invasive options before ever resorting to more intensive and invasive procedures.
First and foremost, Dr. Hsu monitors your oral health during routine hygiene visits to evaluate your risk of developing specific oral health issues. He uses these personalized assessments to help you develop good oral hygiene habits to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
However, oral health issues do come up, and in those cases, Dr. Hsu strives to make treatment as simple and easy as possible. For example, he offers inlays and onlays, a less invasive restorative procedure than crowns, to treat damaged teeth. Inlays and onlays don't require as much tooth removal but can still provide protection against further decay.
In general, Dr. Hsu helps you make adjustments to your at-home oral hygiene routine after minimally invasive dentistry procedures to help ensure long-lasting results. This might include making suggestions on altering your diet, usually sugar intake, and flossing and brushing techniques.
Dr. Hsu only recommends more invasive restorative dentistry procedures like veneers, crowns, or bridges, or sometimes complicated surgeries, as a last resort.
The main benefit of minimally invasive dentistry is that it saves you money, and spares you the stress of more complex procedures. All of the drilling, tools, and anesthesia involved in more intensive restorative procedures can be tough on you. Dr. Hsu prefers minimally invasive options just as much as you do.
Self-management and monitoring is key to minimally invasive dentistry. Dr. Hsu can talk to you at length about oral hygiene habits to minimize your risk of further tooth decay or progression of gum disease, but at the end of the day, it falls on you to follow through.
If you’d like to learn more about Dr. Hsu’s approach to minimally invasive dentistry, call or use the online booking tool to set up a consultation with him today.