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WaterLase Laser Technology in the News

Posted by Svetlana Li on Sep 11, 2013 2:06:00 PM

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WaterLase – the latest advancement in high tech dental procedures. Previewed on CNBC, the benefits of WaterLase outstrips those of the traditional drill-and-needle technology, culminating in better treatment for patients by dentists.  

So what is exactly WaterLase? Simply, by combining energy with water, the result is a unique wavelength that can cut both hard and soft surfaces such as teeth and gum tissue. But how is this any different from the traditional drill-and-needle technology?  

The first and finest difference – no drill and sometimes no shot! Fear of the drill is one of the top reasons that patients avoid going to the dentist in the first place, or else delay return visits. Using laser technology instead means less physical and emotional discomfort for patients.  

But how does laser technology work, and how does it replace the drill? When the drill comes into contact with a tooth, heat is created. This heat causes many things to happen - one being pain or discomfort to the patient. Another is the creation of micro fractures, which are tiny cracks in the tooth. Over time, these cracks will cause the tooth to weaken. Some patients might see the result of a weakened tooth when they eat something soft, such as a salad, and the tooth suddenly cracks.  

However, laser dentistry eliminates the contact needed by the drill. With its patented YSGG technology, a comfortable air and water spray replaces the drill's heat or contact that causes trauma to the tooth. And for the patient, this means less pressure, less pain, and a better overall experience. After the procedure, patients may experience less swelling, little to no bleeding, and a faster recovery – sometimes reducing the recovery period from several weeks to several days. What's more, the cost for patients is identical to drill procedures.  

For dentists, there are benefits too. Firstly, use of a laser means greater precision, allowing for more accurate work and increased professional satisfaction. How precise is WaterLase? With a tip that is just ½ mm in diameter, it’s easy to target just the area in question. 

Using WaterLase is time efficient too. For example, you can switch from a hard surface procedure to a soft tissue one back to the original, all during the same visit. When your patients experience first-hand the benefits of laser dentistry, they will return and possibly refer new patients to your practice. Finally, your smaller patients will love WaterLase too - they no longer will experience the drill and shot that their parents did. Happier children means happier parents. More patients, more visits, and more efficient procedures – all of these help your bottom line.  

What's more, WaterLase is easy to learn and versatile. It can be used for a variety of procedures such as root canals, cavities, smile procedures, and periodontal disease, to name only a few.  

WaterLase may also be safer than the drill and needle. By targeting only the affected area, there is less chance for cross-contamination and less damage to teeth, healthy gums, and surrounding tissue. And no needle means no anesthetic, removing any worries about patient allergies.  

With over 300 patents to its name and counting, the sheer number of patents indicates that BIOLASE is dedicated to researching and developing new technology to make procedures more effective and precise for dentists, and more pain tolerable for patients.   With compelling anecdotes from dentists, as well as details from its founder, you'll learn that WaterLase is no drill, no shot, no fear dentistry at its finest. Discover what WaterLase can do for you and your patients!

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Topics: What is WaterLase?, WaterLase Dentistry, Waterlase Dental Lasers