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Why You Should Fix Cavities with Laser Dentistry

Laser dentistry is a great way to address cavities especially if you deal with dental anxiety. It eliminates the need for anesthetics, drills, and the pain that people sometimes associate with traditional dental tools. There is also less inflammation to deal with when you choose laser dentistry. Laser dentistry can address many other dental issues besides cavities. Some of these include:

  • Root canals
  • Gum disease
  • Gum reshaping
  • Biopsies
  • Removal of benign tumors
  • Removal of throat tissues that lead to sleep apnea

How laser dentistry works

Lasers are a lot more precise than metal tools. These light beams can clear decayed enamel from a cavity in preparation for a filling. It is actually the most precise way to clear a cavity since it allows dentists to clean them without removing more healthy tooth material than is necessary. Some dentists use water-based lasers that help to keep the tooth hydrated while using the laser.

Thus, the procedure is even more comfortable for patients. By using a combination of air, water and a laser to treat cavities, we eliminate the need for anesthesia. That is particularly important for younger patients since most do not look forward to needles of any kind, near their face.

It is just as effective for kids as it is for adults

As impressive as laser dentistry can be, certain types of cavities are impervious to this treatment. For example, lasers cannot work on teeth that already have fillings in place. Also, anesthetics are sometimes necessary with laser treatments depending on pain tolerance.

While laser dentistry has many benefits, there are still dentists who do not have the equipment necessary to provide these services. One reason for this is that using lasers in treatment requires a significant financial and time investment. Dentists have to purchase lasers and receive the proper training to operate these lasers. It is prudent on your part to look for dentists with this technology and skill to enhance your dental treatment.

Multiple benefits

Due to the many benefits of laser dentistry, a dentist that has purchased laser equipment and the training needed to operate it is likely one that prioritizes the well-being of his/her patients.

Many people do not look forward to going to the dentist, but laser dentistry will help you to look at dentistry in a whole new way. You will no longer need to deal with scary-looking metal tools and the pain that people associate with them. No more drills. No more injections. No more inflamed gums after seeing your dentist. Other benefits of laser dentistry include:

  • Less pain, and less need for anesthesia
  • Helps to reduce anxiety when patients are not comfortable with drills and metal tools
  • Reduces swelling and bleeding during and after soft tissue procedures
  • Offers a more precise way to remove decayed tooth material from cavities

Dealing with cavities? Contact one of our dentists to discuss your options. 

Request a dental appointment here: or call Dragonfly Dental of Port Charlotte at (941) 676-9225 for an appointment in our Port Charlotte dental office.

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