Dental Tips Blog

Apr
6

What is an Air Abrasion?

Posted in Fillings

An air abrasion is a newer dental technique for cleaning out small cavities in a tooth, to prepare for a filling. Like a mini-sandblaster, an air abrasion tip sprays tiny particles on the tooth surface to clean out the cavity. A filling is placed once the small amount of decay is removed.

In the past, dentists would always need to use a drill and sometimes numbed the tooth for filling procedures. With this modern technology, an air abrasion can be used on some cavities without a loud drill or an injection!

What are some advantages of an air abrasion?

  • In most cases, there is no need to be numb your mouth during this treatment.
  • This process is quicker and easier than traditional fillings.
  • Minimally invasive and less tooth structure is removed than regular filling procedure.
  • Since you will likely not be numb, your dentist can treat many teeth at one appointment
  • A more quiet technique.

Who would be a good candidate for this procedure?

Patients can benefit from an air abrasion if they are afraid of the dental drill, are young children, or if they have small cavities. If you visit your dentist for regular dental cleanings and checkups, they will be able to detect early cavities which might allow you to utilize the air abrasion technique.

Would you like to try an air abrasion?

Call your dentist and ask if they offer air abrasions at their practice. If they do, you can schedule an exam to have your teeth checked for early cavities. Your dentist will let you know whether or not an air abrasion is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Mansouri Family Dental Care & Associates
4720 Lower Roswell Rd
Marietta, GA 30068
(770) 973-8222

 

Apr
5

Drill Free Laser Fillings

Posted in Laser Dentistry

Is it possible to have a filling done without your dentist ever needing a drill – or even a shot? Yes!

Thanks to the advancements in laser technology, some types of dental fillings can now be done with the use of drill-free equipment. The process is very comfortable and ideal for both adults and children with small areas of tooth decay.

Lasers are most effective for treating cavities in their earliest stages. They take a bit longer to prepare the tooth than using a drill, so the size of the cavity plays a role in determining whether or not the laser is appropriate. Early diagnosis makes it possible to catch the decay sooner rather than later, which equates to a much smaller restoration. The key is to schedule regular check-ups with digital x-rays to identify cavities in their very beginning stages.

Smaller fillings mean that your dentist can limit the amount of tooth preparation necessary during the process. That’s why laser fillings are usually much less-invasive than a traditional metal restoration. After the cavity is removed, a small, white filling is placed within the prepared space. Your dentist will match the material so that it blends in with your tooth.

With many types of lasers on the market, more and more dentists are beginning to implement them into their private practice. Not only can lasers be used for fillings, but other types are useful for procedures like gingival recontouring, treating cold sores, tongue ties, and even to manage periodontal disease.

Find out if a laser filling is the best way for you or your child to enjoy a comfortable, shot-free, drill-free dental appointment!

Posted on behalf of:
Touchstone Dentistry
2441 FM 646 W Suite A
Dickinson, TX 77539
(832) 769-5202

Dec
27

Is There Such a Thing as a Drill-Free Dental Filling?

Posted in Fillings

Is it possible to have a filling without a drill – or even a shot? Although it isn’t always an option, yes. Thanks to advancements in hard tissue dental lasers, drill-free fillings are now a possibility.

What is a Laser Dental Filling? 

Drill-free dental fillings use hard tissue lasers to alter the tooth surface of a tooth so that a filling can be placed. Instead of using a drill to remove the decayed tooth surface, a laser destroys the damaged surface and removes it for a restoration to be placed.

Laser dental fillings are usually smaller and less invasive than traditional fillings. That’s because the lasers are narrow and only remove the small portion of the tooth surface that is being worked on.

Because these fillings are small, they can usually be done without local anesthesia (injections.) This means no needles, and no extended time spent with a numb mouth. 

Can All Fillings be Done Without a Drill? 

Usually not. Laser fillings do usually take a bit more time to prepare, which rules out more extensive treatments like large fillings or crowns. Although it may be possible, it wouldn’t be time efficient. The key is to catch the cavity as early as possible.

Your dentist will be able to give you a good idea of whether or not a drill free option is available after seeing your tooth on an x-ray. The type of restoration that you need and the size of the cavity will be the deciding factors on whether or not a drill free filling is a good option.

Want to find out more about drill free dental fillings? Call your dentist today to find out if their office offers laser fillings.

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618

Nov
23

Drill Free Dentistry for Kids

It is absolutely essential for your son or daughter’s first dental appointment to be a great one. If kids form a negative impression of the dentist’s early on, this can prevent them from seeking needed dental care later in life. This lowers their quality of life and sets them up for some big problems down the road. If your child needs a filling or two, then you can both take comfort in the fact that the procedure can be brief and pleasant, thanks to drill free dentistry.

Helping Your Child Relax

Nitrous oxide, best explained to kids as  “laughing gas,” is a safe and effective sedative with no side effects after it wears off. The gas is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a nose piece prior to and during the entire procedure. Nitrous oxide (besides making your child feel giggly and happy) will ease your child’s anxiety and increase his or her ability to tolerate dental procedures. Your child may not even remember the procedure once it’s done! This gas is so effective that there may not be any need for anesthesia with an injection.

Minimally Invasive Laser Treatment

Lasers are used in dentistry in a variety of ways. One of these is the removal of decayed tooth tissue. This means that your child won’t feel the strange pressure or hear the strange noises of a drill working out decay. Lasers make for more conservative restorations, which preserve healthy tooth structure better than traditional drills do at some times. However, hard tissue lasers are usually only appropriate on small areas of tooth decay. That’s why routine visits are so important for your child!

Before your child’s next dental procedure, ask your dentist about what tools are available to keep the experience comfortable and positive.

Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
(770) 475-6767

Mar
19

Drill-Free Dentistry

Posted in Fillings

Did you know that sometimes it is completely possible to perform a filling without a drill or possibly even an injection? As advancements in dental technology continue to progress, some dentists are finding that newer equipment allow them to provide routine procedures like fillings in a much less invasive manner.

Lasers

Dental lasers can be used on a variety of tissues, including the teeth. When your dentist uses a laser, it allows him or her to pinpoint exactly which areas of the tooth need to be treated, leaving healthy enamel in place around it. The laser removes only the damaged portion of the tooth, allowing the filling to be much smaller. 

Air Abrasion

Air abrasion allows a stream of pressurized air and particle mixture to be used in a way that removes tooth decay. During the process, tooth enamel is also conditioned so that it permits a stronger bond with the filling that is to be placed.

Both of these treatment methods can be completed without local anesthesia! Since they are minimally invasive and much more comfortable to have done, most patients find that they do not need the area to be numbed during the appointment. Of course it is still ok to request nitrous oxide, to help you relax or feel more comfortable overall.

The next time your dentist tells you that you need a filling, don’t worry! Instead, ask if your filling can be drill-free. You never would have imagined that dental treatment could be so comfortable. Don’t put it off until it gets worse and requires more intensive treatment; the earlier your dentist fills the tooth, the smaller your filling will be.

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000

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