Essentially, lasers are energy transmission devices. Through the concentration and stimulation of a single wavelength, lasers deliver energy in the form of light. Some devices provide gentle warming similar to the sun on your face, while others deliver powerful localized beams that operate as extremely precise medical tools.
Laser dentistry uses both types to treat soft tissue and hard tissue respectively. For people whose stress levels rise with the sight of an anesthetic needle or the sound of a dental drill, in certain situations, hard tissue dental lasers are welcome news.
Global Facial Aesthetics, located in River Forest, Illinois, chooses Fotona dental lasers as an alternative to conventional dental drills. If the idea of having a tooth repaired without needles and drills interests you, you may have another option.
Receiving a filling to repair tooth decay is a common dental treatment. Painless dentistry techniques are well developed and they’ve been around for generations, so that anxiety you might feel as you sit in the dentist’s chair isn’t generated by pain, but rather by other senses.
The sensation of an anesthetic needle is a short-duration pinch, but the sight of the needle close to your face can give some people anxiety. Furthermore, once your teeth and gums are numb from the anesthetic, you won’t feel pain sensations from a conventional dental drill, but you could feel some pressure and vibration, accompanied by the high-pitched noise of the drill itself. For some people, that can lead to dental anxiety.
Repairing a cavity
When you experience tooth decay, the cavity must be cleaned and prepared to receive the filling. That prep work is traditionally done with a conventional dentist’s drill, which remains the primary instrument for preparing a tooth for fillings.
The drill bit uses velocity and friction to transmit the energy necessary to break down the decayed enamel as well as some of the healthy enamel surrounding the cavity site. Though procedures with traditional drills are usually painless, the sounds of the drill can cause anxiety in many people.
The Fotona laser advantage
Ablative lasers are powerful enough to remove tooth enamel with the concentrated energy delivered by the light beam. Light energy transfers by absorption. For example, you use this principle when you decide not to wear a black shirt on a hot, sunny day.
Fotona hard tissue lasers are absorbed by decayed enamel with little effect on surrounding healthy tissue. In some cases, lasers can be as successful as drills but without the anxiety-causing sensations.
Even better, in many applications, there’s no need for an anesthetic due to the precision of the Fotona laser. That means no needles!
Keep in mind that not every dental repair is suitable for the Fotona laser, and in many cases, the traditional drill is still the best choice for your dental procedure. You can find out more about dental lasers and if they are right for you by contacting Global Facial Aesthetics in River Forest, Illinois. You can reach the office by phone or online to schedule your next visit. Book your appointment now.