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Treat Cavities Using SMART

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As a family dentistry, we handle many cavity treatments in a year. Our most recommended method? The SMART treatment.

A minimally-invasive technique in which silver diamine fluoride is applied to the tooth to remineralize the cavity at hand, the tooth is then restored two-to-four weeks later with a natural-looking glass ionomer filling. 

Today, we’re listing why we recommend treating cavities using SMART (and how to know if the treatment is right for you!)

Pros of the SMART Treatment for Cavities

Upsides of the SMART treatment include:

  • Its minimal-invasiveness, meaning no shots are required
  • The natural, aesthetically-pleasing final result
  • Its long-term durability 
  • The antimicrobial effect of the ionomer filling, meaning that the same tooth (and surrounding teeth) are less likely to become infected
  • Its biocompatibility: the end result effectively mimics the normal functionality and feel of a real tooth, making chewing and speaking effortless
  • How the glass ionomer filling used absorbs and releases fluoride in order to promote an overall healthy mouth

How the Smart Treatment is Conducted

Our trusted dental team conduct the SMART treatment by:

  • Scheduling a preliminary exam with the patient to ensure that they are a candidate for the treatment
  • After confirming their candidacy, applying the aforementioned silver diamine fluoride during a patient’s SMART treatment exam to permit the required two-to-four weeks required 
  • Once they return to complete the treatment, a reevaluation is done and any necessary adjustments are made to the tooth in question
  • Polyacrylic acid is applied for ten seconds, rinsed, and gently dried
  • Lastly, the tooth is then isolated and the glass ionomer filling is inserted into the cavity and is permitted to set for a few minutes

And that’s it! Natural-looking, durable, and comfortable tooth restoration with only minimal invasion required.

Who Is Best Suited to Treat Cavities Using SMART?

Due to its minimally-invasive nature, the best candidates for the SMART treatment are the following:

  • Young patients
  • Patients who may have anxiety surrounding cavity treatments
  • Special needs patients with higher sensitivity levels
  • Elderly or health-compromised patients who need to avoid sedation, shots, or drilling

“Maplebook Dental,” you may be wondering, “what makes someone not a good candidate for SMART?” 

We’re glad you asked!

The SMART treatment is not recommended for:

  • Teeth with high sensitivity due to infection or cavities

Book Your Next Appointment With Maplebrook Dental Today

Whether it’s for booking a treatment to treat cavities or one of our many other dental offerings, contact us today to get your next appointment in the calendar. 


Written by Fotini Molnar

Dr. Fotini Molnar started her dental experience working as a dental assistant in a co-op program during high school. She went on to complete her Bachelor of Science, majoring in biotechnology at York University and then obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Toronto. Prior to her career in dentistry, Dr. Molnar researched neuroblastoma at Sick Kids Hospital.
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