Laser Dentistry - The WaterlaseMD
- The WaterlaseMD is the most advanced dental laser available
- It does both hard tissue (teeth and bone) and soft tissue (gums) procedures.
- Many of these procedures can be done with minimal anesthesia - often no needle is needed.
Frequently Asked Questions about Waterlase® Dentistry
Your dentist has chosen to invest in Waterlase® to provide you with the highest standard of dental care. Here are some of the benefits you will experience with Waterlase.
Increased Comfort: Heat, vibration and pressure are the primary causes of pain associated with the use of the traditional dental drill. Since cutting teeth and gums with the Waterlase® does not generate heat, vibration or pressure, many dental procedures can be performed with fewer shots, less need for anesthesia, less use of the drill and fewer numb lips!
Accuracy and Precision: Waterlase® removes tooth enamel decay (the hardest substance in the body), bone and gum tissue precisely while leaving surrounding areas unaffected. This conserves and allows your dentist to preserve more of the healthy tooth structure.
Reduced Trauma: High speed drills can cause hairline cracks and fractures in the teeth that eventually lead to future dental problems. Waterlase® reduces damage to healthy portions of the tooth and minimizes trauma.
Improved Cavity Fillings: Waterlase® cavity preparations can increase bond strength of tooth-colored restoration resulting in longer lasting fillings.
Less Bleeding and Swelling: Due to its conservative, gentle cutting action and coagulating capabilities, the Waterlase® performs many procedures on the gums with little or no bleeding and less post-op swelling.
Fewer Dental Visits: Since you often do not need shots or anesthesia, your Waterlase® dentist can perform cavity preps in all areas of the mouth in just one visit. This technology also gives trained Waterlase® dentists the ability to perform many procedures that were previously referred to specialists, so your dentist may be able to treat you for certain conditions that would previously have required a referral to a specialist.
Is Waterlase® safe?
Lasers have long been the standard of care in medicine for many surgical and cosmetic procedures such as LASIK, wrinkle removal, hair removal and many others. The Waterlase® was approved by the US FDA for hard tissue procedures in 1998 and since has been cleared for numerous additional dental procedures. Thousands of dentists around the world have performed millions of procedures with less need for shots, anesthesia, drills and numb lips. You, the dentist, and the assistant will wear special laser safety glasses when the laser is being used.
How does it work?
Waterlase® uses a patented technology combining laser energy and a spray of water, a process called HydroPhotonics™, to perform a wide range of dental procedures on teeth, gum and bone more comfortably.
What does it do?
Waterlase® was first cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to cut tooth structure in 1998 and since that time has received numerous additional clearances from the FDA for a wide range of procedures on teeth, bone and gum tissue. Ask your dentist for a list of procedures that he or she performs with the laser.
Dr. Christopher Wilson
Dr. Adam Ross
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