Minimally Invasive Dentistry
Keeping What Nature Gave You
Dr. Galligan subscribes to the minimally invasive philosophy of dentistry that emphasizes the importance of preserving a patient’s teeth, not just removing problems. Through regular preventive dental care – checkups and cleanings – daily oral care, and promptly following through with restorative treatment, you can avoid many serious dental health problems. Dental disease of soft tissues (gum disease) and hard tissues (tooth decay) is preventable.
When restorative dentistry is required, Dr. Galligan preserves as much healthy natural tooth and gum structure as possible. This means, when the tissue is healthy, you’ll keep what nature gave you.
New technologies have made minimally invasive dentistry simpler, more comfortable, and more accurate than the dentistry of years past. Here are a few minimally invasive techniques we employ.
Dental Disease Risk Assessment
Some people are more prone to dental caries, which is commonly known as tooth decay or cavities. To provide truly proactive, preventive dentistry to your family, Dr. Galligan can assess your caries risk, then help you find ways to reduce your potential for tooth decay. Learn more about risk assessment here.
DIAGNOdent Laser Cavity Detection
The advanced technology of DIAGNOdent allows Dr. Galligan to pinpoint tooth decay in its early stages. When treated early, patients with small cavities can avoid more complicated and extensive treatments down the road. Learn more about DIAGNOdent laser detection here.
Drill-Free Air Abrasion
Air abrasion is the drill-free method dentists use to spray away decay. It’s perfect for those who want to avoid the drill. Using tiny particles with air, small cavities can be removed, usually without the need for numbing needles. Read more about air abrasion in our expanded article.
Truly Localized, Comfortable Anesthesia
Galligan Family Dentistry utilizes The Wand/STA anesthetic delivery system. It is a computer-controlled, non-intimidating anesthesia instrument that can be positioned gently and accurately often without knowing it’s there. It also has a more precisely controlled flow rate than traditional syringes which prevents the leading cause of injection pain, pressure from the solution. This device is the closest that dentist’s have come to pain-free injections and is significantly less stressful than traditional needles and injections – pediatric patients rarely recognize an injection is being performed! Read more about The Wand/STA in our expanded article.
Tooth-Saving Root Canal Therapy
Root canals have become vastly modernized with the use of better anesthetic medication and technological advances in disinfecting and removing infection within a tooth’s canals. Painful root canals are practically a thing of the past by following the modern protocols that our office has adopted. Read more about root canal therapy in our expanded article.
Invisalign Invisible Braces
Adult patients concerned with their image often turn to clear, removable braces as an alternative to traditional metal braces. As an Invisalign dentist, Dr. Galligan will utilize Invisalign’s state-of-the-art 3D imaging to design custom orthodontic trays for brief, convenient, and comfortable treatment. In less time than you thought possible, straight teeth will give you the smile you’ve always wanted. Learn more about Invisalign clear braces here.
Ultrasonic Dental Cleanings and Non-Surgical Gum Disease Treatment
Your comfort is a priority to our team. If you don’t like the feel of a dental cleaning, you will appreciate ultrasonic dental cleanings. This innovative procedure uses ultrasonic vibrations to gently remove hardened plaque, called tartar or calculus. For advanced gum disease, Dr. Galligan advocates laser gum disease treatment to help save teeth that would have been lost or extracted in years past. He will ensure you are seen by a specialist who offers this service if your situation warrants advanced treatment. Minimally invasive procedures such as these will help you see modern dentistry in a whole new light. Learn more about ultrasonic cleanings and non-surgical periodontal therapy here.
CariFree was developed with the vision of helping patients become cavity-free by assessing risks for dental disease, diagnosing the presence of the bacterial caries infection that causes cavities and treating the infection using preventive medical techniques vs. traditional drill and fill methods. CariFree works hand-in-hand with practitioners who desire to practice preventive, wellness care and give patients the opportunity to enjoy a healthy, natural beautiful smile for life.