This Dental Laser is Revolutionizing the Way We Think About Dentistry
What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word “filling”?
Does it inspire anxiety? Maybe sensations of soreness and dread. No matter how you slice it, a dental procedure often sounds pretty undesirable.
That’s the mindset that Convergent Dental, the creators of the Solea laser, the best dental laser on the market, are out to change.
Traditionally, treatments involving soft or hard tissue involve a substantial dose of anesthesia, invasive cutting and suturing, and pain following the treatment itself. This combination can mean bleeding, and a pretty bothersome healing process.
Most of us can agree: Fillings are no fun.
For Convergent Dental, it was clear there was a better way to do things. There had to be a method to perform the same procedures with more precision and less invasion. That’s how the Solea laser came about.
Dental lasers aren’t a recent or revolutionary invention in the dental industry. In fact, lasers have been used by dentists since 1994, although the range of procedures they could perform were far more limited than they are today. Since then, they’ve been used for anything from dental decay to gum disease to teeth whitening.
Lasers deliver energy in the form of light. They are used to cut or even vaporize enamel, making them much more precise than a scalpel. They can help strengthen the bond between tooth and filling, or use heat to enhance the effects of whitening agents.
The thought of using a piece of seemingly complicated technology may sound daunting to patients who are accustomed to traditional methods. It may be easier to trust your dentist’s own hand than a device. However, in this case, the technology has exceeded human ability. By implementing laser technology in the office, a dentist can do more procedures faster and more accurately than ever before.
The Solea Laser, designed by Convergent Dental, is the leader in dental laser technology. It far supersedes past models by fine-tuning precision technology to ensure its specs can be specified to fit the needs of the patients.
The Solea Laser is the first laser that can cut tissue with a single setting. It can cut soft tissue, enamel, dentin, or even bone, should the procedure warrant it.
All of this is performed:
- And pain-free.
You read that right. Imagine getting a filling where there is no need for needles or hours of total oral numbness. It completely changes the expectation for general dentistry.
Besides saving the patient the pain and care process of a lengthy healing process, it also saves loads of time. Normally, after a patient is injected with anesthesia, the dentist must wait for the anesthetic to take effect before the procedure can begin. Even afterwards, a patient could wait hours for the numbness to wear off, making eating and drinking practically impossible.
With laser technology, the laser itself can prep the tooth by using laser energy which is absorbed by the tooth, causing localized temporary numbness. No needles, no painful pricking.
What distinguishes the Solea laser from other dental lasers on the market is its versatility. The Solea laser uses oxygen -18 isotopes to emit a 9.3 micrometer (also known as micron, equal to about 0.001 mm) beam, over 1 micron smaller than other lasers that use CO2. This makes it faster and more accurate than any other laser available.
Because dental lasers actually vaporizes the enamel rather than cutting, it can be used anywhere in the mouth.
The beam itself is operate by galvos – computer-controlled monitors that move mirrors in the handpiece. The diameter of the beam has a range of 0.25mm to 1.25mm. These variable settings, combined with the foot pedal which the dentist uses to control the power of the laser, gives the dentist a wide range of action. The galvos in the handpiece facilitate speed, accuracy, and control, making the Solea the best in precision technology available.
Research shows that thousands of patients cancel their dental cleanings and appointments for repairs due to anxiety about the procedure itself. They are fearful of the pain the treatment could cause, or the bleeding and soreness following the procedure. It’s an understandable concern – the mouth is a highly sensitive part of the body, one that we use a lot. Even the slightest discomfort can cause a massive inconvenience to our daily activities.
With this in mind, the creators of the Solea laser wanted to eliminate some of that dental anxiety by inventing a device that offered a painless and noiseless experience.
And it worked.
This dental laser has proven to reduce anxiety among patients. Going in for a filling is far less intimidating knowing you won’t have to endure a drawn-out process that ends with tender wounds, lasting soreness, and a numb lip. Dental practices who have used the Solea laser in the bulk of their procedures have heard overwhelmingly positive feedback from their patients. A firm majority of people who have chosen to try the laser have said they would use it again over traditional methods.
Offices who have replaced outdated methods with laser technology have experienced a dramatic boost in business, seeing substantial increases in their body of patients from both patients seeking dental care independently, as well as increasing referrals.
As well as improving the comfort of patients, implementing laser technology in an office has a clear profit-based benefit.
At Paradigm Dental, we chose to adopt the Solea laser because we believe it provides the absolute best care in the industry today. The happiness of our patients is our top priority, and the response of our patients when we use the laser speaks for itself. We found we could get patients back on their feet faster with a higher degree of satisfaction with their procedure. We stay up to date with the top medical technology at our disposal to ensure we continue to provide the best comprehensive care in Washington County.
Check out this video we made with Dr. Rust about how we use the laser in our office. You could have the opportunity to choose the laser in your next visit!
If you have more questions about how we use dental lasers, feel free to reach out to us and schedule a consultation. Be sure to read up about our services to learn more about how we integrate the Solea laser in our procedures.