Wall Street Journal - "To Cut Tooth Decay: A Laser vs. a Drill"
Several published studies have found lasers can often allow patients to skip numbing anesthetic when getting cavities treated. But there's scant evidence showing the lasers provide long-term benefit to teeth, as some dentists claim. Lasers use a light beam to cut away tooth decay before filling cavities, resulting in less vibration and pain than traditional drills, says Barry Jacobson, a pediatric dentist at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Jacobson has published reports saying the less-painful laser cavity prep can be used to allow even children to skip anesthetic. Learn more