Most patients are familiar with the use of a drill to remove decay and unsupported tooth structure when having a filling done. The concept with a laser is similar with a few key differences. With a laser, light energy is used either directly or indirectly to remove decay and minimize the loss of healthy tooth structure. Unlike a drill, the laser does not generate heat as it works, therefore it tends to be comfortable and typically does not require any anesthesia. Since the pulp of the tooth can be killed with a temperature increase of only 4 degrees, the laser is less likely to cause the need for a root canal.
When we touch a tooth with a drill, it causes cracks to form as is cuts away the enamel. This is not the case with a laser. The laser leaves behind a very clean surface without creating cracks or craze line in the enamel. This leaves behind a strong tooth. In fact, studies have shown that the use of a laser substantially increases the bond strength of our composite filling materials.
Advantages of using the laser include:
- Less or no need for needles.
- No noise of the drill.
- Less removal of healthy tooth structure.
- No creation of craze lines in the tooth.
- Greater bond strength with composite filling materials.
- Ability to treat multiple areas in the same visit (less visits to the dentist).
Visit our office today and find out the difference the laser can make for you.