Could the Future of Dentistry Be Drill-Less?

May 31, 2018 2:47 am | Published by
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At North Richland Hills Family Dentistry, our well-qualified team understands that dental anxiety is a real concern for many patients, so we strive to provide a comfortable, welcoming environment. In addition to amenities like HD televisions in each treatment room that let you watch your favorite TV show or movies, pillows, and cozy blankets, we use the latest technology to ensure that your experience at our office is efficient and as painless as possible. However, dental visits may become even more comfortable with future technology; one of the most promising areas of developing technology is drill-less dentistry.

Why Avoid the Drill?

We understand that many of our patients dislike the sound and feel of a dentist’s drill. Although necessary in some situations, the sensation and smell can be unpleasant. In order to prevent patients from having to undergo treatment with a dental drill, scientists are working toward perfecting drill-less dentistry options that provide the same quality of care without needing a drill.

What Is Drill-Less Dentistry?

Drill-less dentistry uses high-tech equipment in the place of a traditional dental drill. Right now, two types of technology are being implemented: lasers and air abrasion. Lasers heat up water molecules inside the tooth and dislodge any built-up decay while leaving healthy enamel intact. Even more amazing, the laser reduces the risk of infection by sterilizing the surface it touches. Air abrasion blasts the tooth with very small particles that remove decay on the tooth also without needing a drill.

How Can I Protect Myself From Tooth Decay?

In order to protect yourself from needing any treatment for severe tooth decay (drill or drill-less), you should practice a good preventive care routine. Brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time, floss each day, and visit our office regularly for cleanings and exams. To ask our team any questions or to schedule your next visit, contact us today.


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