Guide to Waterlase Dental Laser Treatments
posted on 6/13/2013
Laser dentistry procedures are among the most innovative treatment options available for completing a root canal, removing decay and improving the smile. The Waterlase™ dental laser procedure is a high-tech solution that reduces the discomfort associated with many dental procedures by spraying atomized water and administering laser energy accurately and effectively into the treatment area. This innovative technology can be used to create a smile makeover, for soft tissue procedures, and also for cavity preparation.
Here’s a close look at how Waterlase dental treatments work, and what the key benefits and drawbacks of this procedure are:
How Waterlase Dental Treatments Work
Waterlase™ is an innovative tool that emits Hydrokinetic™ energy accurately into the treatment area without affecting the surrounding teeth or tissue. It is an “all-tissue” laser that cuts into the soft tissue and bone very quickly using pulse technology. It is an attractive choice for pediatric dentists and orthodontists because it helps deliver treatment with minimal pain and discomfort to the patient. The handpiece also offers no noticeable difference in cutting speed when compared to a high-speed drill, and is among the most minimally invasive procedures available.
Waterlase™ dentistry can be used for a broad range of applications including:
- Treatment of herpetic lesions
- Gingival recessions
- Laser-assisted implant recovery
- Cosmetic gingivectomies
- Treatment of aphthous ulcers
Benefits of Waterlase Dental Treatments
Waterlase™ dental treatments offer a number of benefits for both the patient and the dental professional. Some of the key benefits for the patient include:
- Less painful than traditional dental treatments
- Quick and easy procedures
- Complete restorations can be performed in a single treatment
- May reduce the risk or need for retreatment
- Reduces overall treatment time and costs
- Some of the key benefits for the dentist include:
- Attracts new patients by reducing fear and anxiety
- Requires fewer injections
- Speedy procedure
- Minimizes bleeding
- Greater professional and personal satisfaction
- Wide range of tips and accessories
- Can be used on young children and teens
- Makes it easy to perform everyday procedures more efficiently
- Can be used to perform minimally invasive restorations
Drawbacks of Waterlase Dental Treatments
While the Waterlase™ dental procedure offers several benefits for both the patient and the dentist, there are some drawbacks to keep in mind. This procedure does not always serve as a substitute for standard drilling because some advanced procedures may require more work with the traditional drill. The Waterlase procedure is also a relatively expensive investment for general and cosmetic dentists, so not all professionals will enjoy a high ROI. Finally, dentists must be trained with the machine to ensure the best results. Developing the right set of skills for this procedure can take time, and not all dentists will have the time or resources available to undergo extensive training.
Learn more about dentistry in our information guide, or consult with cosmetic dentists in your area to find out if you are a good candidate for the Waterlase dental procedure.