New laser ‘revolution in dentistry’

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A new laser machine could help people get over their fear of dentists, it has been claimed.

The Daily Mail reported that a new machine has been developed which can be used in almost every dental procedure, removing the need for noisy, painful drills.

Dr Emmanouil Koloutsos of the Harley Street Dental Clinic told the newspaper that the lasers, which will be launched in the UK next month, are a revolution in dentistry.

"The laser can do everything the drill can … without causing pain – most people can manage without anaesthetic. The laser sterilises as it works and healing time is quicker because less damage is done."

However, the one drawback is that the machine cannot be used on old, silver mercury fillings as the beam reflects off the surface and gives off a poisonous gas.

James Goolnick, vice-president of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, said that for this reason, the laser cannot replace the drill until the old forms of fillings have been phased out.

The Chicago Herald recently highlighted a growing trend of general and cosmetic dentists using lasers instead of drills.ADNFCR-1374-ID-18620719-ADNFCR

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