Technology is constantly helping meet patient needs by making dentistry more precise, efficient, and above all else, comfortable. Laser dentistry, or more precisely, Waterlase laser dentistry, is a technology that has revolutionized the way many procedures are performed.
What Is a Waterlase Laser?
The Waterlase is a more comfortable alternative to the traditional drill. With a traditional drill, heat, vibration, and pressure combine to create the pain often associated with drilling. Using laser energy and water spray, the Waterlase never touches your teeth and can perform many procedures without a shot or need for drilling.
A tooth has water as one of its components. The laser precisely energizes the water in the tooth to cut through the tooth to remove enamel and decay in the tooth, and it can also remove diseased gum tissue. The continuous spray of water from the system keeps the mouth hydrated and prevents heat buildup.
Benefits of the Waterlase Dental Laser System
The main advantages of the Waterlase revolve around patient comfort. They include:
Virtually painless — Because of the way the Waterlase works, there is often no need for anesthesia. It reduces dental anxiety since there is none of the whirring sound or sight of needles that fills many patients with dread and fear. It also reduces pain afterward because the Waterlase laser cauterizes as it does its job, which minimizes bleeding, helping speed up the healing process. Since neighboring tissue is not harmed, there is typically a reduction in the swelling, bleeding, post-operative pain, and need for pain medication found otherwise.
More convenient — Because the Waterlase is less invasive and faster, more portions of the mouth can be worked on in one sitting, decreasing the number of office visits required. In fact, most of your dental needs can often be met in a single visit.
Safety and precision — The WaterLase was tested for years before it became mainstream, and it is safe enough to be used on children as well as adults. The Waterlase is safer for your tooth, too. Traditional drills remove large portions of a tooth, and the drilling itself can cause fractures and breaks. The Waterlase, on the other hand, removes small amounts of a tooth without affecting the underlying tooth structure.
We Use Waterlase Technology
Dr. Sorkin finds a benefit for you and him in the Waterlase’s versatility. Since the Waterlase can be used on soft and hard tissue, it can be used in the treatment of tooth issues such as decay and for the effective treatment of gum disease. If you are in the Spotswood, New Jersey, area, call for an appointment and discover what our patient-first care, which includes the use of the Biolase Waterlase, can do for you.