The Laser Filling Procedure
The laser filling procedure is quite different from conventional ones.
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.
The dental laser used in this procedure uses a controlled, measured beam of light that can be 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. Another benefit of using this laser is that it can disinfect the treated area much better and more thoroughly than any chemically-based compound can.
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.
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. Another good point to remember is that the laser filling compound and the way it's fused to the tooth helps to preserve the tooth's natural "structural engineering" for biting and chewing functions.
Because no drills are used, and many times no "shots" are needed, the procedure is more pleasant and less stressful to the patient. Plus, the extremely low failure rate of these fillings (much, much lower than any other filling method now available) means that future dental treatments on teeth treated this way may never be needed. The cracking, leaking and breaking associated with conventional filling techniques do not occur, as a rule, with a laser dental filling, therefore the tooth may remain intact from then on--barring any injuries or other complications which may occur later in life.
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. Preserving against future dental infections, eliminating the possible toxic effects of mercury amalgam or petroleum-based composites, and reducing the stress associated with normal dental procedures all work together to preserve the patient's health and well-being.
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.This information is provided by
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