Technology in all medical fields, including dentistry, has advanced significantly over the last decade or two. There are now more treatment options available to dentists than ever before, and overall, the experience is far more pleasant for patients.
One of the new technologies, which is radically transforming our approach to dentistry, is Waterlase. Waterlase is a laser treatment that combines laser energy with sprays of water. The resulting effect, which comprises an area of study known as hydrophotonics, is a technique that allows dentists to perform a variety of procedures.
But what makes this technology so revolutionary? Read on to find out more.
Many people are understandably apprehensive about going to the dentist. It is a scary experience sometimes, and even when it’s not it can be physically uncomfortable. However, going to the dentist is important, especially as oral hygiene is linked to heart disease and other serious health issues. Needles and other sharp objects are commonly used for even basic dental procedures, Waterlase eliminates the need for many of these tools. This makes the experience much less painful, and also makes patients less likely to avoid seeing their dentist for routine check-ups and treatment.
Waterlase technology makes use of water and a laser, so there are no chemicals or other artificial substances involved. No one likes the lingering taste so many of the substances that dentists commonly use leave in the mouth. This also makes it very unlikely that patients will suffer any kind of allergic reaction to the treatment.
Minimally Invasive Dentistry (MI)
Another sign of how popular this technology is proving to be is the rise in people who are seeking minimally invasive procedures. Nissit Pattel from Progressive Dentistry, says: “Over the past five years, I have seen a huge increase in patients seeking minimally invasive dental treatment. The Waterlase i Plus dental laser has allowed us to provide many routine procedures without local anaesthetic such as Class V restorations, deciduous restorations and even root canal procedures which is a great practice builder. In addition, I use the Waterlase routinely for surgical procedures, during dental implant treatments and treating severe periodontitis with predictable results each time. It has revolutionised our practice.’’
No matter how well we look after our teeth, there is always the possibility of developing cavities. It used to be that having cavities filled was a necessary yet unpleasant procedure. With Waterlase, this procedure can be executed simply and when it’s needed. Also, because it is significantly less likely that you will need a pre-procedural injection to fill the cavity, one of the major causes of anxiety and pain is nullified.
Safe and Precise
The use of lasers in dental procedures is not new. In fact, it has been going on for decades, as has Waterlase. Does this mean the technology is outdated? Absolutely not! What it means is that it has been rigorously tried, tested, and put through its paces in all possible circumstances. We know how safe Waterlase is, and the advantages it brings to both patients and dentists have been firmly established.
Waterlase technology is revolutionizing dentistry by making it much safer and more comfortable for patients.