Gilbert Non-invasive Drill-Free Dental Fillings

No one wants a painful dental experience and that’s why we do everything possible to make our patients as comfortable as possible. One of the ways we do that is by using state of the art technology to offer you non-invasive drill-free dental fillings. We no longer use loud and aggressive drills to prepare your teeth for a filling.

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What are ‘No Drill’ Fillings?

Also called microabrasion or air abrasion, drill-free dental fillings eliminate the dreaded dentist’s drill and use a handheld tool to spray tiny particles, such as aluminum oxide or baking soda, on the affected tooth to remove decay painlessly. 

Non-invasive drill-free dental fillings are getting more popular because they remove the biggest fear of dental procedures – having to endure intense pain every time. 

In addition, the natural tooth structure can be protected, and minimal sedation is required. However, laser drilling might not be the best option for all cavities, and traditional drilling might be better in some cases.

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Why Doesn’t Every Dentist Use ‘No Drill’ Fillings?

A lot of dentists are still reluctant to use non-invasive drill-free fillings despite their popularity. Here are a few of the reasons not everyone uses this modern and safe technology. 

  1. Limited resources: Not all dentists have the right training and modern technology for no-drill dental fillings. It can be an expensive investment to upgrade a practice.
  2. Patients’ preferences: Newer techniques aren’t always welcomed by all patients, although this is a long standing and very safe method for fillings.
  3. The price may be a bit much: Non-invasive drill-free dental fillings need special machines and materials, making them more expensive than conventional fillings. We’re happy to work with your insurance company, and you, to come up with affordable options.
  4. The degree of dental decay: Drill-free filling isn’t always an option for patients with extensive tooth decay. If there’s a lot of decay, such as root canals, you may need a deeper procedure. We will explain all of your options during your initial appointment so there are no surprises. 

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Even with all the advantages, such as the preservation of the natural structure of the teeth and a painless process, no-drill fillings may not be right for everyone. As your go-to Gilbert dentists, we listen to each patient’s unique needs and find the right treatment for them.

What is ‘No Drill’ Dentistry?

No-drill dentistry is a minimally invasive dental care procedure that eliminates the need for conventional drilling methods. As such, the no-drill dental treatment uses procedures such as laser dentistry, air abrasion, and similar painless treatments to treat tooth decay and prepare teeth for fillings.

Air abrasion is the process in which a handheld tool uses compressed air to spray a fine stream of particles on the surface of the tooth to remove decay and other buildups. Laser dentistry employs lasers for the removal of decay or preparing the tooth surface for filling or other dental services.

No drill dentistry offers significant advantages over traditional drilling methods, notably reduced pain, lower noise and vibration, and little need for local anesthesia. It also helps preserve the natural structure of the tooth, allowing the tooth to remain healthy and function properly for a long time.

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The Benefits of Laser Cavity Fillings

This technique fills a void in more ways than one.


Laser cavity fillings are non-invasive, so the procedure leaves the tooth's natural structure intact. It keeps the tooth strong and healthy.

Minimal Pain

No-drill laser dental fillings do not need drilling, so they're usually less painful than traditional fillings.

No Anesthesia Required

Most of the time, laser cavity fillings are done without anesthesia, so they're great for patients who are afraid of needles and sedation.

Quicker Healing

As laser dental fillings are non-invasive, there's less inflammation and faster healing.

Reduced Infection Risk

The use of no-drill lasers in cosmetic dentistry lowers infection risk thanks to the high-energy light that can kill bacteria and keep your mouth clean.

Minimize Bleeding

Laser cavity fillings can minimize or even prevent bleeding completely, as the procedure does not use a drill, a tool that can create microfractures and trigger bleeding in the mouth.

Aesthetic Appeal

Laser dental fillings can mimic the natural color and texture of existing teeth, making them look just like a natural tooth.

They Are Long-Lasting

Dental laser fillings last a long time and also prevent future decay.

Drill-Free Dental Filling Frequently Asked Questions

Can you get a filling without drilling?

Yes, you can get a dental filling without painful drilling using the procedure called non-invasive drill-free dental fillings. This process employs procedures such as air abrasion or laser dentistry to remove tooth decay and get the tooth ready for a crown or filling.

How long does a laser filling last?

The life expectancy of laser fillings is generally similar to that of conventional fillings, which can last for decades. A laser filling’s ability to last is influenced by variables such as the location of the filling, the filling’s size, the material for the filling, as well as oral hygiene habits and dental health of the patient.

For example, larger fillings that are subject to chewing pressure are more likely to wear down and require replacement sooner. Also, for a patient with poor oral hygiene habits or underlying conditions like gum disease, a filling may wear out earlier.

For dental fillings to last a long time, regular dental checkups and cleanings must be done regularly! Your Gilbert dentist (that’s us!) can keep an eye on the filling and suggest replacing it if needed.

Does laser cavity filling hurt?

Laser cavity filling is typically a lot less painful than a conventional drill-through! Lasers are non-invasive and don’t produce much heat, so they’re hardly painful. Plus, the procedure won’t involve local anesthesia or annoying injections.

It’s still possible for some patients to feel some discomfort during laser cavity filling – some patients might find lasers too bright or noisy, leading to anxiety and jitters. If you think you are one of them, ask us and we will lend you our headphones to enjoy music on your phone during the procedure.

Is laser filling better than normal filling?

Laser filling utilizes a dental laser to remove and shape tooth tissue for filling cavities, among other things. While it does have a few perks over traditional fillings, the question of whether it is better than normal conventional filling comes down to the patient’s preferences and circumstances.

Let’s make this easy for you:

What you get with non-invasive drill-free laser filling:

  • A lot less pain and sting during and after the process
  • Little damage to the surrounding tissue
  • Getting better faster

Among the advantages of normal filling are:

  • Costs less than laser filling
  • You can get it at pretty much any dentist
  • An established technique, trusted by a lot of dentists

You can talk to us about which procedure is right for you based on the cavity’s size and location, your sensitivity and anxiety levels, and other stuff.

What are the disadvantages of laser dentistry?

Laser dentistry has a lot of potential benefits, but it also has some disadvantages. A few to get you started:

  • Using lasers is expensive, which makes laser dentistry costlier than traditional dental work.
  • Drill-free lasers work best for soft tissue stuff, such as gum reshaping, small cavity cleaning, etc., but aren’t always right for every treatment in the dental office. Traditional filling materials may be better for bigger cavities or more extensive decay.
  • Some patients experience increased sensitivity with laser procedures, especially in treated areas. It may only last for a few hours or for a long time.
  • Even though it’s popular, laser dentistry isn’t available at every dental practice. A specialist may be needed or the patient may have to travel a long way.
  • A botched laser dentistry job may lead to thermal damage to surrounding tissue, possibly leading to burns.

You should discuss all your options with your dentist to find out what’s best for you. The benefits of laser dentistry are plentiful, but it is not always the right choice for everyone.

Why do dentists not use lasers?

The truth is, a lot of dentists use lasers. Dental lasers have been around for decades and are becoming more popular for all kinds of dental procedures, from gum disease treatment to cavity preparation to teeth whitening.

However, not all dental practices have lasers, and some dentists may not feel comfortable using them. Also, laser equipment isn’t cheap to set up and maintain, especially for small practices.

Not every dentist uses lasers, but many do!

What are the side effects of laser tooth filling?

Like any dental procedure, laser tooth filling can have some side effects. A few of them are:

  • Sensitivity: Expect to feel a little sensitive to hot and cold temperatures after the procedure.
  • Mild pain: While most patients report minimal discomfort, some patients do report mild pain.
  • Gum swelling: In some cases, the gums around a cavity-filled tooth can swell after treatment.
  • Bleeding: Some patients may have a little bleeding during or after the surgery.
  • Discoloration: A rare side effect of laser drill-free dental fillings is discoloration or changes in the color of the teeth.

It’s important to note that these side effects tend to be mild and temporary, and most people recover quickly. If you have any questions about laser tooth filling or feel a little off after the procedure, feel free to call us.

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