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No Drill Restorations

At Gilreath Family Dentistry in Marietta, we strive to conserve as much of your natural tooth structure as possible. The smaller the cavity preparation, the more tooth we can save and the longer the filling will last. But if we can STOP decay in its tracks without removing any tooth structure, this is the best approach. In order for this to work, the decay has to be small and you must have great oral hygiene and be willing to put a little effort in at home. By actively addressing small decay areas in teeth before they grow into larger areas that need full blown fillings, we can accomplish this goal.

As you can see in this illustration, decay travels from the outside of the tooth into the first layer (called the enamel). If it is stopped at this layer, it will not proceed into the middle layer (the dentin). Many dentist have a “let’s watch it and see what happens” attitude for these small lesions. At Gilreath Family Dentistry, we are more conservative and treat the offending decay before it can progress into the middle part of the tooth (where it would have to be drilled out and a filling applied to the tooth). Our dentists use a number of different approaches to deal with small or “incipient” decay areas. It is important that these areas continue to be monitored at your recall visits. Our team will check the areas each time you come in to our office for a cleaning and exam to assure that the decay has stopped.

Three steps of how cavities advance: prevent (fluoride therapy) - infiltrate - restore (drill & fill tooth).
How Cavities Advance

Prescription Strength Fluoride

Fluoride continues to be one of the best ways to control decay. Unfortunately, with the use of filtered water in our homes and bottled waters on the go and at work, most of us don’t get the fluoride we need. Consequently, for those who are at risk for decay and for those who have small beginning cavities, our team advocates using both home fluoride supplements (prescription strength fluoride toothpaste) and fluoride varnish applied at your cleanings. It’s inexpensive and it works! It’s the best money you can spend on preventing decay. Our team may also recommend products with Xylitol, a naturally occurring sugar that is found in plants. It has the ability to slow down or stop decay as well. It’s been used in Europe since the 1960s and the FDA approved it for use in American several years ago.

Silver Diamine Fluoride

In 2017, the FDA approved a new type of fluoride product called Silver Diamine Fluoride. Besides having the beneficial fluoride, it has a silver component to it that can filter into an active cavity and help stop it. The benefit is that it can stop a cavity or greatly slow it down without any drilling. The only negative is that it turns the cavity black. So we typically only use this product in very young children or adolescents or in much older adults for which we are trying to do limited treatment. There are situations, however, where we will give other patients the option of using SDF if we think it will benefit them. In our practice, we will give you options and listen to what you’d like to do. SDF is a great adjunct to our conservative dental practice.

ICON in our Dental Practice

For small in between the teeth beginning cavities, we can sometimes use a new patented process that infiltrates resin into small “incipient” decay lesions in teeth. The process requires no drilling or anesthesia and is completely conservative since it does not remove any tooth structure. The material is called ICON. This technique is very cutting edge and has been used in Europe for several years. The process is FDA approved. Gilreath Family Dentistry is proud to be an ICON provider and we continue to provide the most best dentistry in the most conservative manner available. If you would like to be in a dental practice that values conservative approaches and to see if ICON would work for you, please contact our Marietta No Drill Restoration Experts today for a FREE, no obligation consultation.

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Our Client Reviews
Gilreath Family Dentistry

5.0 / 5.0

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

Call to Schedule an Appointment:
(770) 796-7081

Gilreath Family Dentistry waiting room Marietta GA.