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Cavities Fixed by Laser

Using laser, the dentist can remove tooth decay and selectively eliminate unhealthy tissue. The laser also vaporizes bacteria it comes in contact with.

By: Paula Williams

Advances in dentistry have changed the way we feel about our check ups. Remembering the visits 50 years ago brings to mind images of a torture chamber. Our children and our children’s children may never have to experience the utter terror we felt when our next dental appointment was due.

Q. What is a laser?
A. Laser is a high-tech instrument that produces a focused beam of light. With the dental laser, this beam of light is used to precisely remove tooth decay and prepare the tooth for a filling.

Q. Does the laser make a noise when it’s being used?
A. The shrill sound and vibration of the drill has been replaced by a mild sound that can be described as “popcorn popping.”

Q. Does this replace the anaesthetic?
A. Unless the tooth is sensitive to water, anaesthetic should not be needed. Also, since the dentist does not have to wait for the area to get numb, your visit will be shortened and you can go back to work without the lingering numbness.

Q. Will I feel any after effects?
A. Most patients feel nothing after a cavity has been repaired with the Laser.

Q. Are lasers safe?
A. Lasers have been in use in medicine for many years. Extensive clinical trials that involve hundreds of procedures have been performed under all types of conditions. The studies have concluded that laser was equal, or superior, to traditional treatment.

Q. Are there any precautions to be taken?
A. The primary safety measure used during the procedure is protective glasses. In the hands of skilled, specially trained dentists, lasers are very safe.

Q. Are there other advantages of laser dentistry over traditional treatment?
A. Yes, two things:

1. Using the laser, the dentist can remove tooth decay. Therefore, unhealthy tissue is selectively removed. The laser also vaporizes bacteria it comes in contact with, resulting in a cleaner preparation.

2. The strength of the bond between tooth-coloured fillings and the tooth are significantly stronger when the tooth is prepared with the laser.

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