That unforgettable "whirring" noise, the screeching sound of the drill hitting the tooth, the agony of waiting for it to be all over. That's many patients' indelible memory of the dentist, but it doesn't have to be anymore. The skilled dentists at Washington Center for Dentistry, use drill-free fillings to remove decay in its earliest stages. Compared to traditional drilling, this treatment preserves more of the patient’s natural tooth in a gentler manner. With new technology, a micro-air wand replaces the dreaded drill, using compressed air and fine particles to gently spray away decay. It allows the dentists to treat teeth without the needle, the drill or the noise that make so many people fear going to the dentist. Since a white liquid hardens to fill the area, the dentists are able to preserve the tooth’s original appearance for a more natural look.
Drill-Free Fillings Reviews
"Hard to tell if this is a dentist's office or a spa. From the moment you walk into the place, you see a super modern, clean, well appointed reception area complete with juices & bottled water. Every single member of the staff that passes you smiles and greets you, whether they are treating you or not. It's a really welcoming and professional place, which is reassuring and instills confidence. I've been to 3 dentists in DC prior to finding this place and my experience with them was horrible. The first set a rookie dentist on me to give me a bunch of fillings before firing him and asking me to come in so they could right their wrongs. No thanks! The other two had old, antiquated office space & run-of-the-mill service from staff. Dr. Doctors is fantastic and highly capable. You can just tell you're in the hands of a true professional. I had a really difficult filling that needed to be replaced and he handled it so well. He's also really friendly. Only downside is that you've got to pay up front for services and then wait for your insurance provider to reimburse you, which is hit or miss. I called my insurance company to see what % of the treatment I was going to receive would be covered and they said 80%, so I went with it only to get a check for 25% of the treatment. Now I have to go back to them and that's a hassle. But, to have good teeth and the feeling of trusting your dentist is worth it, I suppose!"- L.D. / Yelp / Dec 31, 2012
"As a recent transplant to the area, I've been dreading the eventual visit to the dentist. Alas, it was time. I had no idea where to turn to find a decent dentist so THANKS AGAIN YELP for pointing me to this practice. My apointment was yesterday and I couldn't wait to YELP about it. This is the best dental practice I have ever been too. Top notch all the way. I don't really know how to describe it other then, I wasn't sure if I was in a dental office or a spa. Awesome. I flaked and forgot to fill out the forms online so I was totally expecting to have to spend another 20 minutes filling out paper forms, wasting my time, but NO! They have free internet and computers you can use OR they handed me the Ipad to do it on. Pretty SWEET! Once the forms were filled out, I got the tour (YES, A TOUR!) and then was guided to my dental tech. I still wasn't sure I wasn't also getting a massage. The dental tech was great. Professional, personably and kind. She also really seemed to like her job and the place she worked which is also a nice change from my last dentist who didn't even HAVE a tech to do cleanings and xrays. She asked alot of questions and while I do not have any dentist nightmares of lore, I can rest assured it will stay that way for a long time! Pretty sure this is my dental practice for life, even if I move. The only catch, which I can imagine is hard for many people, is that you pay upfront and get reimbursed by your insurance. I'm ok with that but I don't know many people who can be out that cash up front. I would recommend saving your pennies though, this dentist is TOTALLY WORTH IT."- N.F. / Yelp / Mar 17, 2011
"I moved from DC to Baltimore but still travel to DC for them."- Google User / Google / Aug 27, 2011
"I have had such great experiences with Washington Center For Dentistry. I love Dr. Doctors and I love all the hygienists. Everybody there is so friendly and helpful. I had tried out a few dentists in the area but never been completely satisfied until I came here. I have VERY sensitive teeth and they are always so gentle with me when I get cleanings and fillings. I am also an Invisalign patient about halfway through my treatment and so far I am very pleased with the results. Dr. Doctors has been great through the whole process. Really listening to me about how I want my teeth to look. I appreciate how he is working with me to make sure I am completely satisfied and get the smile I want. Granted I am in there pretty often for my Invisalign, but half the staff knows my name which is awesome. The downside of WCD is that they do not accept insurance, so you have to pay out of pocket up front and then get reimbursed from your insurance company. I know this is a deal breaker for a lot of people who cannot float the costs, but for me its totally worth it to get such good dental care. They have also been kind to me and made an exception allowing me to break up my costs into payments when I needed it. Their offices are clean and modern. The staff is very friendly. I like that they confirm appointments via email and text. They have convenient hours. They have the most modern technology. They are really a stand-out dentist office!"- K.M. / Yelp / Nov 16, 2011
"Dr. Rinaldi is an artist. I couldn't have asked for a more amazing cosmetic dentist. I visited for a filling replacement on a front tooth on which a previous dentist had done a horrible job. I was convinced that I would need a crown to cover up the tooth. With a simple filling, Dr. Rinaldi made it look like nothing had ever happened. I couldn't believe my eyes. However, be aware that this office is very expensive. But if quality is what you are looking for, this is the place."- A.K. / Yelp / Jan 24, 2012
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Drill-free fillings are a new and advanced way to restore your teeth and fill and remove cavities without pain, drills, or discomfort. Our dentists take great pride in ensuring our dental practice is equipped with the latest and most advanced technologies and procedures so that our patients enjoy their visit. Call today and learn more about this awesome benefit and seamlessly reach your goal towards perfect oral health.
How it Works
How does this wonderful, cutting-edge procedure work? Well, drill-free drillings can be described as "air abrasion," where an instrument sprays out a fine, gritty stream. These fine particles brush away the tooth decay gently yet effectively at a low pressure. This low pressure is tolerated well by most patients with no pain or discomfort involved. It’s important to note that drill-free fillings are intended for early-stage decay and not intended for more aggressive forms. So, the earlier you and your dentist notice any decay, the more likely you can avoid the drills and needles. Another benefit of keeping up with your oral health!
What Are the Benefits?
Any technology that does away with the despised dental drill is already plus. But as a bonus with drill-free fillings, there are:
- No needles.
- No numbness.
- No drills.
- No pain.
- No smell.
- No noise.
- No vibrations.
This reduces the anxiety, fear, pain and discomfort associated with traditional fillings, which provides an all-around more pleasant experience. After awhile, you may even enjoy going to the dentist. You probably never thought that was possible, did you?