Wilmington dentist uses laser technology instead of drills

Wilmington dentist uses laser technology instead of drills

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Dr. Sarah Pless of Renaissance Dental Studio is using the first dental laser in southeastern North Carolina to drill for cavities.

The Solea laser is the first CO2 dental laser the Food and Drug Administration has approved. The goal, according to Pless, is to conduct procedures without pain for patients. She said the technology has been a godsend for patients with anxiety.

“It was really important for me to overcome the hurdles that keep patients out of the dentist office," Pless said. “People really hate being hurt. They hate having to wait for things, and so we really try to invest in technology that would help us be convenient for folks as well as comfortable for folks.”

The laser cuts through the hard part of the tooth, the enamel. Then, Pless points the laser at the problem area, and the energy from the laser destroys the decay.

She compared it to using a push lawnmower. After you take your hands off the handle, they feel a little numb. The same thing happens to the nerve of a tooth.

Pless said the procedure is almost pain-free. It also takes less time because she doesn’t have to numb patients. The laser can also fix lip lesions and help in procedures related to gum disease.

“There’s no drooling, no numbing," Pless said. “It’s get right back to work, get right back to life and the dentist is just this really small blip on the radar rather than this really long experience where you have to break up your whole day.”

Pless is the only dentist in the state east of Raleigh using the laser.

She also incorporates 3D printing at her office. It is used to create a permanent crown to replace broken or cracked teeth.

According to Pless, this is a quicker process than using a temporary crown and having to make a second appointment.

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