It’s certainly true laser dentistry is one of the most effective treatments out there for all sorts of oral health conditions. However, it isn’t omnipotent. No treatment or therapy is, no matter how high a success rate it possesses. While we don’t want to discourage you from seeking laser dentistry if you feel it will help restore your dental health, we want to inform you of the few conditions laser dentistry cannot treat. Read on to learn more.
We know this may sound a bit tongue-in-cheek, but the truth of the matter is laser dental treatments are expensive. You may only want to commission this type of treatment if you can afford it out of pocket or you know it will be covered by your insurance.
This limitation depends upon the age of your filling. If you received your filling several years ago, it may be made from mercury and have matured considerably since the filling was first placed. If this is the case, lasers cannot help you in terms of getting rid of it. Dental laser treatment heats up so intensely that you and your dentist risk melting the filling entirely, which can generate fumes you will ultimately inhale. As you’ve likely learned from seafood warnings, too much mercury is intensely harmful to your health. Potentially inhaling the fumes from a melted filling will put you at immediate risk of mercury poisoning, which is why your Leesburg dentist will turn you down should you come to the office requesting laser treatment for your filling.
While the reach of the typical dental laser is quite fine, it can’t reach everywhere, meaning your dentist may still have to rely on the classic (but dreaded) drill every so often. This can happen, for instance, when your dental issue rests in a very tight spot the laser cannot penetrate, such as toward the very back of the mouth or nestled between two of your teeth. The same is also true of cavities, which may require other instruments, even after laser dental treatments, simply because the laser can only reach so far. In other cases, the only way your dentist can reach certain spots is through using their drill or other instrument to penetrate the area.
While this article may be discouraging, the good news is dental care is advancing at a rapid pace, with improvements being made everyday. Soon these limitations may very well be nonexistent; however, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. To learn more about laser dentistry and what it can (and can’t) do, feel free to contact us!