Wall Street Journal - "To Cut Tooth Decay: A Laser vs. a Drill"

 – April 29, 2013  –– 

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