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Old 02-13-2018, 10:34 AM
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Had an old cavity fall out (found out last week at check up) so scheduled to get repaired today. Dentist (old buddy of mine) had this fancy laser he used instead of a drill. In less than 15 mins or so, I was out the door and needed no numbing agents. Said he's only one he knows of in area that has one.

Anyone else have experience with this thing? He says it can do most any size cavity (I was thinking it was more for the smaller stuff) and I think it is a game changer, but too expensive for a lot of offices at this point.
Old 02-13-2018, 10:53 AM
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Not on cavities but had some work done on my gums. Dentist used a laser between the tooth and gum, amazing and tooth saving
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Neat, now I won't have to smell burnt teeth material when they drill anymore... thats if I have to have any more work done.
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My wife works at a dentist office. I had my last cavity done about 3 years ago with one. So much easier than getting numb and cuts down on the anxiety of the whole thing.
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It was definitely easy peasy. Obviously, the laser isn't a slice your body in half kinda laser so it takes a few mins to get tooth where it needs to be. After that, bonding agent, cure, whatever they use now for fillings, cure then shape it to fit bite properly. I was impressed.
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Originally Posted by schoolsout1 View Post
Had an old cavity fall out (found out last week at check up) so scheduled to get repaired today. Dentist (old buddy of mine) had this fancy laser he used instead of a drill. In less than 15 mins or so, I was out the door and needed no numbing agents. Said he's only one he knows of in area that has one.

Anyone else have experience with this thing? He says it can do most any size cavity (I was thinking it was more for the smaller stuff) and I think it is a game changer, but too expensive for a lot of offices at this point.
Sorry I'm being a dick but I just had to point out cavities don't fall out, fillings do.
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Originally Posted by YFMF View Post
Sorry I'm being a dick but I just had to point out cavities don't fall out, fillings do.
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Old 02-13-2018, 01:33 PM
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Originally Posted by bayfisher92 View Post
Neat, now I won't have to smell burnt teeth material when they drill anymore... thats if I have to have any more work done.
How do you suppose a laser takes out the material? Never had it done but I'd be prepared for the stench if I was you.
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My old dentist did it, it was great. He was actually one of the pioneers in the field. Unfortunately he has to retire due to a medical condition. He even consulted with NASA about doing this in space for the long range missions.
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Originally Posted by OReely View Post
How do you suppose a laser takes out the material? Never had it done but I'd be prepared for the stench if I was you.
No stench for me, believe it or not. I think it blows cold air and they had the vacuum deal there beside it the whole time so it may have been sucking any odors up.
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Originally Posted by ReelNauti View Post
My old dentist did it, it was great. He was actually one of the pioneers in the field. Unfortunately he has to retire due to a medical condition. He even consulted with NASA about doing this in space for the long range missions.
It's definitely a great tool. I always hated getting numbed up (did one filling when I was in my teens without novocaine).
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Originally Posted by schoolsout1 View Post
It was definitely easy peasy. Obviously, the laser isn't a slice your body in half kinda laser so it takes a few mins to get tooth where it needs to be. After that, bonding agent, cure, whatever they use now for fillings, cure then shape it to fit bite properly. I was impressed.
Mine uses a 6.5bag mix with an acelerator and high slump additive
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Originally Posted by Boataholic View Post
Mine uses a 6.5bag mix with an acelerator and high slump additive
Super Plasticizer?
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Originally Posted by Boataholic View Post
Mine uses a 6.5bag mix with an acelerator and high slump additive
Sounds he pours foundations as a second job

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