2004-12-09 / Medical

Dentistry Without Anesthetics

Recent advances in dental science have opened the door to the real possibility that routine procedures may be accomplished on the teeth with no necessity for anesthetics. Before you scoff at this statement, listen to the facts:

On May 7, 1997, the Food and Drug Administration cleared for marketing a laser device for use in preparing human dental cavities. This includes cavity preparation, decay removal and tooth structure modifications for bonding techniques. This represents the first ever market clearance in the United States for laser use on teeth. Although the American Dental Association’s Council on Scientific Affairs has not yet awarded its highly respected “Seal of Acceptance,” they have expressed a guarded optimism. Although in the test groups some patients felt slight discomfort during cavity preparation, less than 2 percent requested or required an anesthetic during the procedure. Unfortunately, only certain types of cavities can be taken care of with a laser.

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Gary S. Rafal, D.D.S.

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