Laser filling, also known as laser dentistry, is a type of dental treatment that uses a laser to remove decayed or damaged tooth tissue and prepare the tooth for filling. The laser energy vaporizes the affected tooth material, leaving behind a clean, dry cavity that can then be filled with a dent... Read More
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Laser filling, also known as laser dentistry, is a type of dental treatment that uses a laser to remove decayed or damaged tooth tissue and prepare the tooth for filling. The laser energy vaporizes the affected tooth material, leaving behind a clean, dry cavity that can then be filled with a dental filling material.
Laser filling is a relatively quick and painless procedure, and it is often performed under local anesthesia to ensure patient comfort. It is also associated with less pain and discomfort compared to traditional drilling methods, as the laser energy can seal the nerve endings in the affected tooth, reducing sensitivity and pain.
Laser Filling costs in Pakistan range between Rs. 5000– 8000 PKR.
Some common dental conditions that may require laser filling include:
Small to moderate-sized cavities
Cavities on the front teeth or chewing surfaces of the back teeth
Removal of old fillings
Preparation of teeth for other restorative procedures such as dental crowns or bridges
Limited decay or damage to the surface or outer layers of the tooth
The procedure for laser filling involves the following steps:
Local anesthesia: Your dental professional will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area around the affected tooth, ensuring that you feel no pain during the procedure.
Laser preparation: The dental professional will use a laser to remove the decayed or damaged tooth material, leaving behind a clean, dry cavity that can be filled. The laser energy vaporizes the affected tooth material, leaving behind a smooth, precise preparation that is ideal for bonding the filling material.
Filling material placement: The dental professional will place the filling material into the prepared cavity, using a special adhesive to bond the material to the tooth surface.
Curing: The filling material will be cured or hardened using a special light, ensuring that it is firmly bonded to the tooth.
Polishing: The dental professional will smooth and polish the filling material to restore the natural shape and appearance of the tooth.
Potential risks and side effects that patients should be aware of in laser filling include:
Discomfort or pain
Damage to surrounding tissues
After laser filling, patients can typically expect to experience some mild discomfort or sensitivity in the treated tooth or surrounding teeth for a few days. This discomfort can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
In some cases, patients may also experience temporary changes in the color or texture of the treated tooth or surrounding teeth. This is usually a temporary side effect and will typically resolve on its own over time.
It is important to follow your dental professional's instructions for caring for your teeth and gums after laser filling to ensure proper healing and prevent complications. These may include:
Avoiding hot or cold foods and drinks for a few hours after the procedure to avoid further sensitivity.
Avoiding hard or sticky foods that could damage the filling material.
Brushing and flossing regularly to maintain good oral hygiene.
Scheduling regular dental checkups to monitor the filling and ensure its longevity.