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Dental laser treatments

Top 5 reasons to consider a dental laser treatment

March 14, 2022
Dental lasers are a safe and well-studied alternative to so many things people hate about the dentist—pain, drills, bleeding, and long recoveries. If you're considering a dental laser treatment, here are five things you should know.

1. Less discomfort during and after treatment

Since dental lasers enable the dentist to use minimal, and in some cases no anesthetic or drills, to perform many routine dental procedures, patients are more at ease without the fear of the needle. Conventional dental drills create noise and are not as precise in taking care of cavities.  Lasers, on the other hand, remove very precise amounts of tooth, without negatively affecting the rest of the tooth.

When the technology and appropriate wavelength are correctly matched to the procedure, laser dentistry is a safe and effective form of oral care—a state-of-the-art technology that can be used successfully in a variety of procedures. Whats more, the Waterlase laser was evaluated in the Journal of Periodontology from a clinical trial conducted at the McGuire Institute, unequivocally confirming that patient-reported outcomes were significantly better after laser procedures.

2. Decreases rates of dental phobia and anxiety

Most dental practitioners appreciate that compliance in returning to a dental practice can be associated with fear associated with traditional dentistry.  Especially in children, dental lasers are very effective in establishing a line of trust as well as a positive association with dental visits to ensure patients continue to maintain preventative care by visiting a dentist on a positive frequency.

3. Quicker care, quicker recovery

Dental lasers are excellent in the sense of efficiency and comfort. Since lasers are minimally invasive and, in some cases, require minimal or no numbing, your dentist can complete most dental needs in a single visit, while allowing the patient to eat, drink, and go back to their daily life directly afterwards. Patients continue to comment on their appreciation of the technology, from saving time in their day during the treatment itself to sidestepping the need to return for additional appointments. 

4. Addresses dental phobia

Along with decreased procedure times, the treatments themselves are less intimidating when compared to using traditional drills, as there are no loud noises aside from a small popping sound. This is especially ideal for children, as it can create a healthy, positive relationship with dental visits. The Waterlase combines water, air, and laser energy for safe use on human tissue in our mouth, reassuring patients that only natural substances are being used in their treatment.

5. Reduces risk of cross contamination

The potential for cross contamination between patients in any dental or medical environment is always a factor for consideration. Moreover, The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends attention to reducing aerosol production in order to help prevent potential virus transmission. The Waterlase dental laser produces 98% less aerosol compared to traditional high-speed handpieces.