Do you dread visiting the dentist? Do you cringe when you hear that horrible high pitched sound of the drill? A lot of people don’t have regular dentist check ups because they are frightened of the pain from having fillings or other procedures. The problem here is that without regular check up and cleans your dental health only worsens, meaning you simply need more work done when you do actually go see your dentist; this means more money and more pain.
Did you know that you can have fillings done without a drill? This practically eliminates the pain of visiting the dentist. This has been made possible through advances in dentistry which have led to the development of a laser which replaces the drill in filling work.
When you have a regular filling, the plaque and decay is scraped away using a drill. This is what causes the pain. After it has been removed the dentist fills the gap with a suitable filling. This stops the process of decay in the tooth and reduced the chances of future damage to the tooth. In laser fillings, the laser replaces the drill and is used to cut away any part of the tooth which is damaged. Then, just as in a regular filling, the hole made in the tooth is filled by the dentist. Lasers are much more accurate than regular dentist drills. Drills sometimes can take out healthy parts of the tooth, or even cause further damage or cracks to the tooth. A laser is incredibly accurate and will only remove the parts of the tooth which are damaged.
The laser is able to focus on damaged parts of the tooth by detecting decay. These parts of the tooth have more water than normal, and the laser is able to measure this. The laser also kills bacteria, which means the healthy tooth is sterilized and protected from further decay.
The other great thing about laser fillings is that most people do not require local anaesthetic to have the procedure done. This means you don’t have to walk around unable to feel your mouth for an afternoon afterward. It also makes your recovery time faster. If you have a sensitive mouth your dentist may recommend to have the local anaesthetic anyhow.
A laser filling takes around the same amount of time as a regular filling and the procedure is done in the chair. If you need to have multiple fillings done, you will not need to book in several visits to the dentist, they can all be done on the same day. Not only does this save you time and money but also stress. There is nothing worse than anticipating your next painful visit to the dentist’s chair. For more in-depth information on laser dentistry, please visit Glamour Smiles.