A filling with no drilling: what you should know about no drill dentistry

February 17, 2020 at 5:00 AM

If you've ever had a dental filling, you know how uncomfortable the traditional dental drill can be. That's why, at Abingdon Family Dentistry, we've embraced no drill dentistry – an innovative, conservative treatment solution for your cavities. 

So, what exactly is no drill dentistry, and what are its benefits over traditional dental care? 

What is no drill dentistry? 

A no drill filling is exactly what it sounds like – a filling without any traditional drilling. At Abingdon Family Dentistry, we've invested in state-of-the-art Waterlase® technology to perform various dental surgeries without any high-speed drilling at all. 

What's so great about drill-free dentistry is that it's a minimally invasive dental technique that preserves as much healthy tooth and gum tissue as possible, but it still allows us to effectively treat your cavities. 

How does the procedure work? 

The Waterlase® is a patented combination of laser technology and water. Essentially, the Waterlase® cuts through hard tissue, like enamel, without any heat, pressure, or vibration. It's a safe and highly effective dental treatment, and your dentist will be more than happy to talk you through the various surgical procedures we offer with the laser. 

The best part? Many patients having Waterlase® dentistry don't need shots or anesthesia, meaning you won't have a frozen mouth for hours after your appointment! 

What are the surgical benefits of no drill dentistry? 

There are so many benefits to no drill dental care over traditional dental work, but here are some of the top reasons we invested in this pioneering technology. 

Better cavity fillings 

With Waterlase®, you're getting stronger, longer-lasting fillings. Your dentist can precisely remove the damaged tooth enamel, bone, and gum without damaging the healthy parts, meaning they can give you a highly accurate cavity prep.  

Less dental visits 

Need more than one filling? Don't worry. If you don't need anesthesia or shots, we can often complete all your fillings in one visit. This saves you the hassle and stress of booking multiple dental appointments. 

Better comfort 

Since there's no pressure, heat, or vibration from a drill, Waterlase® eliminates most sources of pain and discomfort during dental procedures. There's also often less gum swelling or bleeding post-op compared to traditional drilling work. 

Less trauma

Waterlase® minimizes the trauma to the affected tooth, helping to protect it from trauma caused by drills, such as hairline fractures. Waterlase® is overall a far less traumatic experience for your mouth than traditional drilling. 

What can I expect at my appointment?

Your dentist will make sure you're as comfortable as possible before beginning any treatment, and they'll go over any questions or concerns you have at the outset. Before your appointment, there's no prep necessary – it's just like a regular cavity filling, albeit without the vibrations, noise, and heat from the traditional drill!

Once you're done, the dentist will go over any specific aftercare advice you need. 

Book your no drill filling appointment today 

At Abingdon Family Dentistry, we believe in making dental care as comfortable and as pain-free as possible for every patient. If you're nervous about the dentist's drill, don't worry – we've got a solution for you. If you're in the Bel Air, MD area, contact us now to make an appointment or find out more about no drill dentistry.