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2825 Santa Monica Suite #310 Santa Monica, CA 90404

Santa Monica Cosmetic, Family & Implant Dentistry

Peter H. Pham, DDS
Sienna Palmer, DDS
Patricia Huh, DMD
(310) 828-0700 Mon-Sat, 8am-5pm Peter Pham Dental Powered by ZocDoc Doctor Directory

Minimally Invasive Dentistry

At our practice, we use minimally invasive dentistry, also known as microdentistry. This consists of techniques to help preserve tooth structure without overuse of “drilling and filling” and other invasive measures. Just as the word implies, this type of dentistry concentrates on using the least amount of dental intervention to conserve the health of your teeth. In minimally invasive dentistry, the removal of any part of a tooth structure is kept to only the minimal amount necessary to restore the tooth to its optimum state. This can be done in modern dentistry through the latest scientific advances.

The techniques used in minimally invasive dentistry include those that focus on prevention, remineralization, and minimally invasive restoration.

We start by assessing the health of your mouth and teeth and evaluating your risk for decay. Strategies are implemented to reduce any risk for decay, through dietary and other means. Reducing carbohydrates and sugars, adding the use of a daily mouthwash to decrease bacteria, and introducing other types of oral hygiene are examples of these methods.

Minimally Invasive Procedures

Remineralization consists of restoring minerals to tooth structure. When teeth are porous, decay can occur more easily. Fluoride therapy is often used to remineralize teeth and is an important factor in this process. Dental sealants, generally constructed of plastic resin, also protect teeth from bacteria, acid, plaque, and potential decay. These are placed into the grooves of the tooth forming a durable barrier against such substances. Sealants can be fitted on any teeth which are vulnerable to decay.

Another minimally invasive technique is to use onlays and inlays as opposed to crowns to restore a tooth. Onlays and inlays do not require as much removal of a tooth as does a crown. An inlay is like a filling that is tailor-made to the cavity of the tooth and cemented into place. As a minimally invasive alternative to direct restoration, it can provide excellent protection against future decay. An onlay may be used where a deeper or larger reconstruction is needed. It also requires less removal of the tooth structure.

Bite splints are another type of minimally invasive dental measure which is used to prevent grinding of the teeth, called bruxism. This harmful habit is often done in stressful situations or at night while sleeping. Grinding of the teeth can cause significant damage if not detected and prevented. A bite splint can be made for wear at night or when any type of stress occurs which will give your teeth the protection they need.

All of the above are the ways in which we can help conserve the long-term structure and health of your teeth without creating the possibility of future deterioration from overly invasive practices.

5 (76) Meridien Dental is rated 5 out of 5 based on 76 reviews from around the Web.
19 November 2016
Very competent and skilled complimented by courteous staff and clean/nice/new office.
20 October 2016
Moved to Santa Monica over five years ago and I've been going to the same dentist in San Diego for over a decade. Finally couldn't do the commute anymore and had to find a local dentist. My wife found Dr. Palmer and I couldn't be happier. Dr. Palmer and her staff are always welcoming and make you feel very comfortable. For a dentist office the vibe is somewhat relaxing and thats saying something. Definitely recommend her. And you can netflix while you're getting your teeth cleaned so what more could you ask for.
06 October 2016
Dr. Palmer is great! She gives you the information you need to know and she has a great bedside manner. I'm a person who hates the dentist and I'm pretty sensitive to mouth pain, but she makes me feel calm and I appreciate that
17 September 2016
Great visit. The office is nicely decorated. Staff is friendly and helpful. Dr. Palmer was knowledgeable, gentle and explained my dental needs. There was a nice view from the dental chair which helped me relax as I am sometimes anxious at the dental office.
16 September 2016
I had a lovely first experience with Dr. Palmer from start to finish. She is so friendly and approachable; she finds a way to be relatable to anyone she is taking care of. I went in for a simple cleaning and exam, but will be returning in a few weeks for a small follow-up procedure. I've been very fortunate to have few dental issues in my lifetime, but Dr. Palmer clearly explained everything to me, including advice about how to improve my dental well being moving forward. The facility was very comfortable and chic and the staff friendly and helpful as well. I would strongly recommend this practice! Looking forward coming back here year after year. Update: I went back a week later for my fillings appt. I was in and out of the office within an hour, and she worked on 3 fillings while I watched TV and listen to music the whole time. I am very thankful to have found Dr. Palmer and her team at Meridien Dental.