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Cavities: The Drawback of “Watch and Wait” Marietta, GA

Cavities: The Drawback of “Watch and Wait”

There are many dentists that use a “watch and wait” approach when they detect a very early cavity. In such cases, the area of decay may have only penetrated the enamel of the tooth and not the inner dentin layer. At this stage, it is probably not causing any harm and typically undetectable to the naked eye. While it may seem okay to just wait and monitor the cavity before initiating treatment, the patient may miss out on the opportunity to treat it more conservatively – without a dental drill!

A dentist who is a qualified provider of the ICON dental system has the capability to treat early dental caries with a no drill restoration. The ICON technology allows resin (a filling material) to infiltrate the damaged enamel and treat the cavity. The revolutionary ICON system does not require drilling into the tooth and patients do not need anesthesia. This can save patients valuable time, discomfort and money when it comes to treating decay. For patients who are afraid of a dental drill (which is a common fear), can greatly benefit from this technology.

There are two ways to ensure you can take advantage of no drill restorations. First, you must find a dentist who offers ICON technology, such as Dr. Gilreath. Second, you must see your dentist on a regular basis. Neglecting to attend you six month checkups may result in a missed cavity that has penetrated the outer tooth layer, thus requiring more invasive restoration. Remember that if you feel severe sensitivity or pain in a tooth, it may be an indication that the decay has reached the tooth center (pulp) and a root canal may be needed to save your tooth.

Call Gilreath Family Dentistry today to learn more about No Drill Restorations in Marietta!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Based on 307 reviews


Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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Gilreath Family Dentistry

200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060

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