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Lasers in Dentistry: Just Add Water!

What Makes WaterLase Special?

Waterlase dental drill

The standard dental drill generates friction as it operates generating heat which triggers pain. In most instances when the dental drill is used, a dental anesthetic is required which numbs the area being worked on.  This numbness often includes the lips, tongue and sometimes even the nose.

Our dental laser manufactured by Biolase uses a water spray and well as laser energy to treat many teeth that we see often without using dental anesthesia.  Because friction, heat as well as vibration are not produced when using the laser, our patients say that it is much more comfortable than using the conventional drill.  The laser energy itself can also produce a desensitization of the nerves in the teeth requiring less of a need for dental injections.

Since dental anesthesia often is not used, procedures can often be done on both sides of the mouth which was avoided in order not to numb both sides of the patient’s mouth at the same time.  Thanks to our laser, procedures that took more than one trip can be combined in just one sitting, saving the patient valuable time.

Our lasers can also be used to treat gum disease which often in the past required surgery and stitches. One type of laser which we use (called a diode laser) seeks out darkly pigmented tissue.  Since gum disease causes the gums to turn darker in color, the diode laser can selectively remove the diseased tissue and not harm healthy tissue.  As the laser works, it also kills the bacteria causing the gum disease.  This allows us to use fewer antibiotics than would usually be the case.  Because the laser is more precise and produces less collateral damage than traditional methods of surgery, patients often report having less discomfort after the procedure and often heal faster.

We often use the laser to treat patients which have root sensitivity quickly and in one visit again often without anesthesia.  Cold and canker sores if caught early enough can be treated with the laser.  Often patients will feel relief within a few minutes and the sores heal within a few days instead of the usual ten to fourteen days.

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