Lasers can also be used to remove cavities to prepare a tooth for a filling. A standard high speed drill might cost in the neighborhood of $600 where the laser treatment might push $1,000.
Even biopsies and cavity fillings are made painless with laser dentistry! All procedures are performed with pinpoint accuracy to protect the surrounding tissues, and there are no stitches to care for afterwards. As an added bonus, lasers sterilize as they go, which reduces the risk of painful bacterial infections.
The laser works by heating water molecules in the tooth, which expand and dislodge decay. After the tooth cavity has been cleaned out and disinfected by the laser , filling material is injected into the treated area.
Traditional drills may still be needed to shape the filling, adjust the bite, and polish the filling even when a laser is used. Lasers do not eliminate the need for anesthesia. Laser treatment tends to be more expensive — the cost of the laser is much higher than a dental drill.
Dental Lasers Can Remove Old White Fillings : Dental lasers can be used to remove old white fillings , often with no need for anesthesia. Sometimes dental lasers are used in conjunction with a dental drill, with the drill doing the heavy lifting (drilling) and the laser finishing the job of removing the filling .
As we mentioned earlier: Laser dentistry is covered by insurance . That’s because dental insurance works by covering specific dental procedures regardless of how the treatment is done! In other words, it’s by procedure, not technique.
Usually, a filling will last anywhere from 7-20 years, although this depends on the location of the filling , the size, and your dental hygiene.
A laser uses light energy to gently break up the plaque and tartar, which is a process that is much gentler on the teeth and gums. When a deep cleaning is performed using a laser the benefits are many and include minimal swelling, minimal discomfort, minimal to no bleeding and a much quicker recovery time.
Laser dental cleaning has proven to be effective at restoring the health of gums, allowing patients to keep their teeth as they grow older. This minimizes the risk of more serious oral health concerns, including oral cancer.
When dentists drill into teeth , they are shaping an opening. This is to ensure all of the rot in the dentin is removed entirely. Another reason for drilling is to create a shape for the filling to bond and fill the cavity completely. Fillings can be either a silver/mercury amalgam or they can be plastic.
During a filling you are unlikely to feel a thing. A filling does not happen in areas of the tooth where there are nerves, so you shouldn’t feel any more pain from the procedure than you would feel from cutting your hair. No nerves = no pain .
Lasers are safe and effective for treating cavities in both kids and adults. Laser dentistry can also be used for soft tissue treatments, like with the exposure of wisdom teeth or swollen gums from braces. Another benefit of laser treatment on soft tissue is that sutures aren’t necessary.
The treatment cost varies, depending on the tooth and other complications. The charges for front teeth can be between $700 – $900. For molars, it can be between $900 -$1500, while a bicuspid root canal may require between $700-1000.