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.
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Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
What if someone told you that you could have your tooth repaired and a new filling placed in it without your dentist ever having to pick up the drill? It’s no lie – it’s the future of dentistry! Lasers are replacing traditional methods of tooth preparation and decay removal in comfortable, minimally invasive treatments that just about anyone can have access to.
Dental lasers are transforming the way dentists provide comprehensive care in their offices. Not only are they more comfortable (and less noisy,) they are in some cases able to completely replace the traditional dental drill. Using lasers for restorative procedures also eliminates excessive tooth alteration. This keeps fillings as small as possible, much smaller than what is achievable with even the thinnest dental instrument. Care is much more precise and can be narrowed down to only the smallest areas of damaged enamel. As a result, teeth are stronger and require less dental work over time.
The gentleness of the laser also allows teeth to be repaired without the use of local anesthetic. That means no painful injections or soreness after the dental visit. What more could you ask for? Because lasers are so much easier for your dentist to use, the procedure typically requires less time and also reduces the hand fatigue in your dentist after a long day of treating patients.
There are several different types of lasers used in dentistry. Some are for hard (enamel) surfaces while others are used on soft tissues (gums.) Gradually more and more dentists are investing in laser therapy because of the benefits that it offers both to dentists and to themselves.
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Family & Cosmetic Dental Care
2627 Peachtree Pkwy #440
Suwanee, GA 30024
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