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What is Drill-less Dentistry?

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Many people hate the sound of a dentist’s drill, finding that it reminds them of tooth pain and uncomfortable procedures. Plus, the burning smell caused by the drill can be one of the most unpleasant aspects of tooth treatment.

Drill-less Dentistry

But now drill-less options for dental treatment are available! Though new experimental treatments are being constantly developed, these are the two most common kinds of drill-less dentistry:

Lasers

Whilst a drill causes heat and pressure inside the tooth and the mouth, lasers target such a small area that the pressure can barely be felt. The use of lasers also means that patients, even children, don’t need anaesthetic before the treatment begins.

The laser will heat the water molecules in the tooth, dislodging any decay that has built up inside while leaving the healthy enamel intact. It also reduces the risk of bacterial infection due to the fact that the laser sterilizes what it touches.

Though laser treatment can be expensive, and it isn’t appropriate for all forms of dental work, it can be a great option for those who are afraid of the dentist drill.

Air Abrasion

Air Abrasion, sometimes known as ‘micro-abrasion,’ works by essentially ‘sandblasting’ the tooth with very, very small particles. These particles remove the decay on the tooth without the need of a drill. Then the particles themselves are removed with the use of suction.

Just like in any environment where actual sandblasting is taking place, people undergoing air abrasion need to wear eye protection. They also need to wear protection over the healthy teeth and gums to prevent them being damaged. It’s because of these precautions that air abrasion is so safe, and it’s also more likely to leave teeth completely intact than a drill is.

Air abrasion is gaining more and more traction as a favoured form of dentistry, especially when it comes to children who may have severe dental anxiety. Like the laser treatment, it’s also not always necessary to use anaesthetic with it.

These two procedures reduce damage to the teeth and reduce the possibility of pain. While it’s true that a drill still has to be used for some oral health procedures, the dental care industry is getting closer and closer now to phasing it out.

Whether you have sensitive teeth, have a slight fear of the dentist, or simply want to explore what kinds of new treatments are available to you, consider asking your dentist if they offer drill-less procedures! Like any medical field, the advancements in dentistry have benefits we weren’t aware of even just a few years ago. Talk to the Centenary Dental team today to see what kinds of new dental technologies we offer, and how they can help protect your oral health!


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Dr. Tali Waksman
A graduate from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto, Dr. Tali Waksman went on to work as the only dentist on a Native reserve, serving 2000 people after completing a residency at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. With a warm and friendly personality and close attention to detail, she treats every patient like family.