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A 35-year-old member asked:

how would a dentist fill in a small cavity? can he just laser away instead of drill?

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Dr. Daniel Quon
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 42 years experience
Depends : The location and size of the cavity may determine how and if the cavity is filled. Dentists have used a number of techniques in treating small cavities, from sealants, and a number of different restorative materials. In the past, the old drill and fill was the primary technique used. With the advent of newer technology, some offices are using lasers to remove the decay with less discomfort.
Dr. Scott Williams
Dentistry 13 years experience
Yes, possibly.: Laser dentistry is becoming more common and some can remove a cavity instead of using a drill. Sometimes you don't even need anesthetic (shots). The cavity is then filled (restored) with whatever material you and your dentist decide is best. If you are really interested in laser dentistry i would search out a dentist that has a hard tissue laser.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

To what extent does laser cavity removal cost?

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Depends on severity: Depends of the amour of work required to resolve your problem, the fee schedule your dentists feels is appropriate, and the general cost of doing similar service in your area. Ask your dentist. Remember, dentistry is a service, not a commodity. Fees are based on the amount of service that needs to be done for you.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How can laser cavity removal work?

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Dr. Peter Karsant
Dentistry 39 years experience
Laser: The laser vaporizes the decay.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What amount does laser cavity removal cost?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Varies..: Each office has it's own fee schedule, so you'll have to ask the office where you will be treated. It also depends on the size of the restoration and the material used to restore the tooth. There is no one universal answer to give you.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me if laser cavity removal hurts?

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Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 45 years experience
Depends: On the size of the cavity and your tolerance for minor discomfort. Worst case - you ask the dentist to stop and give you a shot of local anesthetic
A 36-year-old member asked:

What to do if I am looking for a cheap laser cavity removal treatment . does anybody know of one close to northwich?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Internet seach: Search the internet with your favorite search engine to find what you are looking for.

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