What Dental Procedures Require a Drill?

Dental DrillOne of the most frightening things about the dentist is the possibility of a dental drill being used. The sound of its high-pitched shrill can set people’s skin aflame with goosebumps. It is one of the main tools used in a root canal, which is one of the scariest dental procedures even if it really isn’t that bad for most people.

The drill is not just used in root canals, though. It is often used in cleaning procedures to remove decay. It can also be used to shape a tooth before a filling or crown is placed. If a filling or crown needs to be removed, a drill is used as well. The one drill is the main power source for many different attachments and tools as needed. So if you hear the sound, it may not mean actual drilling is happening.

The dental drill rotates at a terrifically high speed of up to 400k rpm. The attachments are called burrs and are used for many different applications. The drills themselves are usually diamond-coated steel.

Since the invention of the dental drill, there have been many technological advancements. There is now the water laser, for example, that make the dental drill almost unnecessary. Dentists and developers know that drill is linked to pain and can be the nightmares of children and adults alike. That is why they are pushing themselves to come up with alternatives when possible.

If you are scared of the dental drill, talk to your dentist about possible options and alternatives available for you.