Laser cavity filling is a great alternative to the drills typically used when adding in a filling. This is only done with small cavities. The patient is more at ease, as the laser causes less pain and reduces the need for anesthesia if the cavity is not close to the nerve. This method causes less irritation and minimizes bleeding and swelling, it can also help in conserving more healthy tooth during the removal of the cavity. For patients with anxiety, the laser is a great replacement, it can reduce both healing time and trauma to the tissue.
The Cavilase method begins by removing the decay from the tooth with a laser, which also acts as a disinfectant to the diseased area. Chemicals used while drilling can further irritate and do not fully disinfect. Next, a biocompatible material, which is a natural or synthetic material used to replace part of a living system or to function in living contact with living tissue, is injected to the cleansed area. Once the biocompatible filling is infused, it is then merged to the tooth using the laser. This new filling is invisible and looks just like the natural tooth and actually becomes part of the tooth. You are able to bite and chew without the worry of the splitting the cavity like you would with mercury amalgam fillings. Since it is biocompatible, it protects and preserves the oral immune system and the body as a whole. The filling itself will not discolor or shrink over time and will instill the beauty and appearance of a natural tooth.