"Can you use the laser to remove all of the decay?"
Theoretically, yes. However sometimes it is more efficient to utilize the drill in some preparations. The laser creates a small numbing effect in the tooth and some drilling can be accomplished without anesthetic. Small pinpoint areas that would focus the laser energy are sometimes best finished with a small drill. The laser can then sterilize the bottom of the cavity to complete the decay removal.
"I need to do silver fillings due to cost. Can I still have the laser used on my cavity?"
No. Unfortunately, the laser does not produce the type of tooth preparation to hold a silver filling. The laser is ideally suited to creating a surface for bonding to tooth colored fillings. If you prefer to have silver fillings, please let us know, so that we can do your treatment in a more traditional manner.