Laser dental fillings are a great, high-tech alternative to standard amalgam or composite fillings. Many people dread going to the dentist because of the heat, noise and vibration caused by the standard dental drill. The laser dental filling procedure eliminates that, and many times may even eliminate the need for injections that most everyone dislikes.
Another benefit of the laser filling procedure is its biocompatibilty, and the way it protects and preserves the oral immune system and ultimately the body’s immune system. Cosmetically, laser dental fillings do not discolor or shrink over time, and restore teeth to their original appearance and beauty, while preserving the structural engineering and functionality of the tooth.
The Laser Filling Procedure
The laser cleaning procedure :-
First of all, if the cavity/decayed area is small, and not close to the nerve, the typical injection of anesthetic may not be required. This is because the laser which is used to remove the decay produces no vibration or excess heat which would cause discomfort or pain. LASER is targeted with pinpoint accuracy to remove only the decay and the damaged area of a tooth, without harming any adjacent vital tooth structure. Even the tiniest of cavities that traditional dentistry would ignore until they were large enough to drill and fill in the conventional way, can be treated with the laser filling procedure.
The laser filling procedure :-
Once the decay is removed and the area thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, a tooth-colored, biocompatible (biologically friendly to the body) glass-composite filling compound is injected into place. Then, another laser is used to harden and bond this material to the tooth structure. Once it is hardened and fused to the tooth, it actually becomes a part of the tooth. The tooth is then restored to its original beauty and strength, so that normal biting and chewing forces will not affect or weaken it.
Completed tooth with new laser filling in place :-
The biocompatible compound that has been bonded to the tooth will not weaken or discolor over time, nor does it have the characteristic cracking or leaking qualities associated with other filling compounds, because it is based on strong, tooth-like materials, and the laser bonds and fuses it into place. Also, the tooth has not been weakened or distorted by the traditional “drill and fill” method.