Minimally invasive surgery: gentle, conservative treatments with the latest technology

The best chances for saving teeth are provided by the interplay of conservative, minimally invasive procedures and preventative measures (prophylaxis).

Examples of minimally invasive surgery

Caries removal

With advanced caries the diseased tooth structure has to be removed.

Minimally invasive dentistry with lasers requires an extremely meticulous and cautious approach. The decayed areas are treated specifically with almost no pain, no drilling noise and no unpleasant vibrations. The surrounding healthy tooth structure remains completely intact.


In the past carious teeth were drilled wide open “for safety’s sake” and then filled. This meant that a lot of healthy tooth structure was inevitably lost in the process.

Minimally invasive dentistry today fills a hole that takes up no more room than the defective part created by the caries. This is made possible by high quality composite materials with a synthetic or ceramic component, which adhere to the enamel down to the tiniest fissure (ceramic inserts, composite fillings, fissure sealing). Amalgam fillings do not involve such a close bond with the tooth so they also provide less protection from renewed caries.

Dental restoration

If the tooth is so badly damaged that a filling can no longer be considered, inlays or partial all-ceramic crowns are used. With modern methods and materials we can work extremely conservatively on the tooth structure.


Implants are a minimally invasive dental prosthesis as they do not have an adverse effect on healthy adjacent teeth. For a bridge, however, they have to be ground down and would therefore be irreversibly damaged.


In minimally invasive dentistry the gums are consistently involved. To create room for an implant’s synthetic root the gums are no longer cut open but opened precisely by laser. As we operate in sterile conditions and without any pressure, the gums hardly swell as a result, pain is minimal and they regenerate quickly.

Dental prosthetics – non-prep veneers

Modern non-prep veneers are wafer-thin ceramic layers that correct the shape and colour of the front teeth. They adhere firmly to tooth surfaces, so the grinding of teeth is unnecessary.

This is the ultimate conservative method. Without drills, injections and pain patients with chipped, discoloured or crooked teeth acquire a perfect set. Thanks to careful preparation including a silicone impression the result is entirely predictable with no surprises.

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