Unfortunately, fear of dentistry is a common occurrence. The image of a dentist as a frightening, masked figure wielding strange tools (think: a drill!) is all too common in popular media, and the benefits of dentistry are often swept aside in favor of these more dramatic portrayals.
This isn’t helped by the fact that some of the instruments that dentists use can seem quite scary at first. The dental drill is a good example. Many dental procedures like cavity fillings and dental bondings require some amount of drilling done to guarantee the success of the procedure. Dr. Ira Morrow says dental drills are only used on an as-need basis. Knowing when it might be needed is important for every dental patient.
Why a Drill Might Be Needed
So why might a dental drill be needed in the first place? To understand the answer, some background knowledge about the dental bonding procedure is necessary.
Dental bonding refers to the process by which a thin piece of resinous material is adhered to the surface of a tooth. This could be done for a variety of reasons; dental bonding is most commonly performed to:
- Repair cavities in teeth
- Hide major discolorations in a tooth
- Repair minor chips and cracks
- Close spaces between two teeth
However, applying the resin isn’t as simple as just gluing the piece onto the tooth. In some situations, the tooth has to be prepared so as to provide the proper shape and structure to support the resin. It is in these cases that drilling is needed: dentists can use the drill to reshape the tooth into a shape that accepts the bonding resin more easily (for example to smooth out the interior ridges of a cavity).
Why Drills Might Not Be Needed
However, there are cases in which the damage done to a tooth results in such a configuration that drilling might not be needed. Take one of Dr. Morrow’s recent patients, a woman who had been unhappy with the gap between her front teeth but who was adamantly against invasive procedures like drilling.
After examining the two teeth in question, Dr. Morrow determined that drilling actually wasn’t necessary to close the gap between the teeth. Because the patient’s teeth were smooth enough and well-structured enough for the bonding resin to be applied, Dr. Morrow managed to create a perfectly natural look without the aid of a dental drill. The patient was very happy with the result and ecstatic that it was achieved without a drill being needed.
Your situation might not be exactly the same as this patient’s, but that doesn’t mean your dentist can’t find a solution that abides by all your wishes! You just have to set up an appointment to discuss potential treatment plans to start your healing process. Visit Dr. Ira Morrow’s Yonkers dental practice today to see what may be right for you! Just call (914) 476-4040, or visit the website www.yonkersgreatsmiles.com to set up a time.