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Will Drilling Eventually Be a Past-Tense Tool of Dentists?

April 19, 2021

Will Drilling Eventually Be a Past-Tense Tool of Dentists?

When you think of what scares some people about the dentist, what is the first thing that comes to mind? If you are like many people, you immediately imagine drilling. The sound, the feeling, and just the sight of it can be enough to cause serious anxiety.

That is why some people are quite excited about the idea of a drill-free dentist’s visit. Is it possible? What does the future of dentistry hold? Keep reading to get the facts, and then contact California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161 for help.

Drill-Free Work Will Be a Reality

Of course, there are many dental appointments that are entirely free of drilling. Your typical six-month dental cleaning and exam will not involve drilling unless we move on and fill a cavity. However, for those visits that do require drilling, it is entirely possible that drilling will be a thing of the past sooner than you might think. The question is not really if it will happen but when. As of today, drilling is the industry standard.

Air Abrasion is an Option to Get Rid of Decay

Air abrasion involves focusing a stream of particles to essentially sand-blast decay off the tooth. The typical particles used are either silica or aluminum oxide. This is less intrusive and less painful than your average drill will issue. Some people who have had this process report that they feel some sensitivity in their teeth but do not feel pain.

In fact, you do not even need nonvaccine to have this type of treatment, which makes it more comfortable not just while it is happening but for hours afterward, too. You might wonder why this is not in use today. The answer is that it is still being perfected. It can help with surface decay but cannot yet work on deep decay or plaque. Once it can, it might become a more standard option.

Lasers Can Be Utilized in Many Ways

Most dental offices use lasers for something, but in the future, we are likely to use them much more often. Once again, they can be used to clear away decay. They can also treat about 70% of cavities but are not yet able to be used for all cavities. This is yet another treatment that is much faster, easier, and much more painless than drilling.

Once again, the reason this is not used universally is largely due to its limits. Yes, at California Dental Group, we want to invest in the best technology that will ensure the overall health and safety of our patients. That is why we wait until all the hiccups are worked out before investing in technology. To learn other innovative options we are currently using, call your local California dentist by reaching out to California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161.

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