We will be an internationally recognized community of healthcare professionals dedicated to the philosophy of minimally invasive dentistry. We will be stewards of this body of knowledge and we will further the research, science, education and clinical practice of this continuum of care to our peers and the public.
To be internationally recognized as an exemplary community of learners and leaders, distinguished by our unique educational programs, preparing healthcare professionals for success in a rapidly changing world, committed to continuous improvement, collaboration, and values in minimally invasive dentistry.
Why Minimally Invasive Dentistry?
MID is based on a medical model that controls the disease first and then uses minimally invasive techniques to restore the mouth to form, function, and aesthetics. The philosophy behind MID is respecting the health of oral tissue by preventing disease from occurring, or intercepting the disease process with minimal tissue loss. MID allows dentists to become true physicians of the mouth, rather than tooth technicians. MID dentists continue to treat symptoms, but also manage the underlying disease and associated risk factors. MID focuses on the use of highly researched, leading edge, dental materials and products to control disease and to restore hard and soft tissue to the highest standard of form, function and aesthetics. The MID practitioner strives to use the most bio-mimetic and biocompatible materials currently available. Disease Risk Assessment: The two oral diseases that most dental practitioners face every day are caries and periodontal disease. Caries Management by Risk Assessment (CaMBRA): The latest research shows that caries is a pathogenic bacterial infection of the tooth’s natural biofilm and is a multifactorial disease. Measuring the bacterial load, learning the various contributory factors for each patient and assigning a risk level for each patient allows the practitioner to effectively help patients fight caries and the subsequent cavitations. Periodontal Risk and Disease Assessment (PRADA): Periodontal Disease is a host response disease caused by a bacterial infection and is a multifactorial disease that includes a genetic component. Understanding how the body fights this infection and chronic inflammation, the genetic component and implementing new treatment modalities, such as chemical curettage and laser treatment, allow an increase in reattachment of tissue and potential bone regeneration.