Lasers Versus Drills

Dental lasers, that is “hard-tissue” dental lasers, can be used to prepare teeth for the filling of cavities just like a drill!

The standard air turbine drill, developed in the 1950’s, is still the major tool in use because it is so versatile. We still need it when removing old fillings and larger cavities, and in preparing teeth for crowns and bridges.  Anesthetic is nearly always needed for these procedures, but dental lasers can often reduce or eliminate the need for “shots.”

That means less or no numbness after your dental visit. The laser light energy also helps kill bacteria in the cavity preparation. The laser is especially useful for cavities located at the gumline or on the tooth root because, as it cuts, it seals up tiny blood vessels in the gums, unlike the drill.

So what’s the bottom line? Lasers can mean less or no “shots”, less bleeding and no drill noise… IF your treatment can be performed using a laser. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to call us.

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