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Is Dental Drilling Necessary?


The dental drill can send a shiver down your spine and for some patients, the fear of having to have a tooth drilled will make them avoid seeing the dentist.  Putting off treatment can mean a minor problem turning into something way more serious.  Tooth drilling is a necessary part for filling a cavity, but there are new technologies on the way that can make this procedure a thing of the past. 

A dentist often needs to drill the teeth to remove the decayed enamel and dentin before filling it.  Before drilling can begin, the area needs to be numbed with local anesthetic.  A high-speed drill will be used to remove the decayed enamel, then they may switch to a lower speed drill to remove the dentin, which is softer than the enamel. 

New Drilling Technology

For patients that can’t handle their teeth being drilled, there is hope coming!  Plasma jets, lasers, and resin infiltration treatments are some rising alternatives to tooth drilling that dentist can possibly offer in the near future! 

Plasma:  a matter that isn’t a gas, liquid, or solid.  Plasma technologies can destroy mouth bacteria and remove infected tooth tissue.  Plasma jets have already been used and also been successful in place of a drill in treatment of cavities. 

Lasters:  Already popular in dental treatment, they are used to harden composite fillings, locate small areas of tooth decay, destroy bacteria in the root canal and even operate of gums and cysts.  Lasers can also remove areas of decay and prepare teeth for fillings, but only for very small cavities.  Daphne Alabama Emergency Dentist

Resin Infiltration:  This is a new treatment that avoids drilling to reach decay between the teeth.  This technique hasn’t been moved from lab testing into every dental office.  To seal the teeth with resin, a perforated sheet is placed in between the teeth and then a gel that cleans out decay and prepares the enamel and dentin surface is applied through the sheet.  The resin is forced through the sheet and will settle into the cavities.  The dentist will then shine a light on the resin to cure (harden) it.  Daphne Alabama Emergency Dentist


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