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Water Laser Technology makes filling cavities a breeze for Quincy patients

Laser Technology makes filling cavities a breeze for Quincy patients

No one enjoys having a cavity filled, but it’s a vital procedure to restore health to the mouth when then patient has tooth decay. Many patients fear of the sound of the dental drill, or even suffer from anxiety from a painful filling in their past. Luckily, advances in dental technology have allowed for more progressive treatment options. At Quincy Smile Center, we offer patients an alternative to filling cavities that requires no shots, no drills, and no pain. The Waterlase laser treatment allows Dr. Matarazzo to save the tooth with ease and precision.

Traditional dental drills produce heat as they cut through affected teeth. This can cause pressure and sometimes pain for the patient. On the other hand, water laser treatment does not produce vibration, heat, or pressure.

Water laser technology

Water laser technology uses water, air, and laser energy to cut through the tooth. The laser cuts through the tooth while simultaneously covering it with water to prevent heat and limit pain.

A cavity filled traditionally with a drill requires removal of large portions of the tooth. Because the water laser is precise, less of the tooth needs to be removed. Often, patients don’t even need anesthesia with the water laser.

Eliminating dental anxiety

Dental fear is common among patients. The sounds and smells associated with the dentist office can be enough to keep people from receiving the necessary care to maintain oral health. For some patients, the sound of the drill is enough to send them over the edge. For others, memories of an unpleasant or painful dental procedure have them worried about repeating the past.

Water laser can reduce the need for numbing shots or anesthesia, and since it is performed without a drill, the patient’s stress or anxiety can be eliminated.

Use of lasers is standard practice in many areas of medicine, including dermatology and ophthalmology. This advancement is allowing easier and more convenient dental procedures as well. To learn more about the advantages of water lasers for filling cavities and other restorative procedures, call our office today.

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Stephen J. Matarazzo, DMD, FICOI

Stephen J. Matarazzo, DMD, FICOI

Dr. Stephen Matarazzo is passionate about life-changing, “big problem” dentistry with an eye on premiere services such as smile makeovers, implant dentistry, full-mouth rehabilitation, and complete dentures.

A graduate of Boston College and Tufts School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Matarazzo has served Quincy-area patients since 1978. A Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, the father of three has attended the distinguished Misch International Implant Institute. Dr. Matarazzo also learned from the “best”; advanced training at The LD Pankey Institute refined his exceptional skills in creating long-lasting, natural-looking, and healthy-functioning smiles. With a passion for complex and challenging cases, Dr. Matarazzo maintains membership with the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS).

A published author, Dr. Matarazzo dedicates his time and talent to resolve dental disease and decay among patients at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, as untreated oral infections are associated with stem cell and bone marrow transplant failures.