Traditionally dental bone surgery has been a difficult procedure, involving scalpels, stitches and significant discomfort for the patients.
Now however, new technology has meant that sound waves have replaced the scalpel, leading to an altogether more pleasant experience.
WECT 6 Wilmington spoke to Nancy Lemos, whose periodontal disease had caused her bone and gum tissue to separate from her tooth.
Her dentist employed an innovative procedure called piezosurgery to fix the problem, using sound waves to cut through one at 60,000 cycles per second.
This works so fast that the patient does not feel any pain, according to the news provider. In addition, as the sound waves are specifically programmed to cut bone, they avoid hurting soft tissues, nerves, or vessels.
Dentist Dr Joseph Kravitz told WECT 6: "Just as an opera singer will sing and crack glass, this is like the opera singer for surgery and it can crack your bone without any pain, without any discomfort, without any bleeding."
In other dental innovations, researchers recently found that a blue light used by dentists to harden dental fillings may also help to treat oral cancer.
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