Laser Dentistry

Russell B. Fox, DMD

General and Cosmetic Dentists located in Middleboro, MA

If the thought of drills makes you want to avoid the dentist, fear not — laser dentistry can provide the dental care you need with far less anxiety and little discomfort. The team at Fox Dental in Middleboro, Massachusetts, uses laser dentistry for procedures including fillings, root canals, and sleep apnea treatment. To learn more about laser dentistry, schedule an appointment online or over the phone.

Laser Dentistry Q & A

What is laser dentistry? 

Laser dentistry refers to the use of lasers to treat dental and oral health conditions. It’s an alternative to traditional treatment approaches, which may involve the use of drills and other metal tools. 

Laser dentistry has a number of applications for treating both teeth and gums, including:

  • Detecting cavities in their early stages
  • Removing decay before placing a filling
  • Removing bacteria from the teeth below the gumline
  • Treating damaged gum tissue
  • Preparing teeth for root canals
  • Repairing worn-down fillings
  • Treating tooth sensitivity

Your dentist may use lasers to perform a procedure by themselves or in combination with other dental tools and techniques.

The team at Fox Dental also uses a laser scanner to create images of your teeth to help manufacture crowns and other restorations. Lasers allow them to work more precisely and ensure your restorative work fits perfectly into your mouth. 

What are the advantages of laser dentistry?

Laser dentistry can greatly reduce the discomfort, anxiety, and inconvenience that you may associate with dental work.

Many people avoid dental work because they’re uncomfortable with traditional dental tools. Compared with traditional dentistry, laser dentistry causes less pain, so procedures require less anesthesia (or none at all). 

Lasers are also far quieter than drills, making for a much more pleasant treatment experience. Usually, laser dentistry means an easier recovery. Healing is usually quicker because lasers cause less damage to the surrounding tissues.

Laser dentistry can also be an excellent preventive tool. For example, if you have a laser dentistry procedure to treat a cavity, you may avoid the need for more serious treatment, like a root canal, in the future.

What can I expect from laser dentistry?

When you undergo a laser procedure at Fox Dental, the process is similar to a traditional dentistry technique but more comfortable and convenient. 

For many procedures, you don’t need anesthesia, or you may need far less than you would for a similar traditional treatment. 

If you’ve needed sedation when having dental work in the past, you may not find it necessary for laser dentistry.

Laser dentistry is very safe. The team at Fox Dental uses only FDA-approved lasers for their intended purpose. During the procedure, you can expect to wear eye protection, such as glasses or goggles. 

To find out more about laser dentistry, call Fox Dental or use the online booking tool.