You're about to have your first experience with a new and exciting technology, the Waterlase iPlus Laser. A million questions are probably going through your mind. Perhaps you've heard about dental lasers on T.V. or on the radio. Just in case you haven't had the opportunity to learn about lasers, I want to give you some basic information and maybe even allay some of your concerns regarding dental laser treatment.
Patients with chronically sensitive teeth can now rejoice. Using the Waterlase iPlus laser, we can now truly desensitize teeth, safely, economically and comfortably.
Dental lasers are designed to assist the dentist in the treatment of both hard tissues (teeth and bone) and gingival tissues (gums). They have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the use on both. Most procedures can be performed comfortably, without an injection. This includes the fixing of cavities in teeth and the treatment of the gums. Thus, patients young and old alike, have nothing to fear when they visit a laser dentist!
The laser your dentist may use looks similar to the picture in the upper right hand corner of this page. When you are seated in the operatory, one of the dental assistants will give you a pair of safety glasses to wear, position the laser next to the dental chair, and place a sterile laser tip in the sterilized handpiece. You will then be ready to go. Unlike the dental drill, there is no whining sound to disturb your sleep or to make you grip the sides of the dental chair. The only noises you may hear will be the slight hissing or popping sound of the water and air jet that is released from the laser. According to most of our patients, this silent feature is definitely a big plus!
Dental lasers can be used for a variety of treatment procedures. Depending upon the treatment needs, your dentist may use the laser for several minutes or possibly for only a brief moment. However, even those procedures that require only a short period of laser usage benefit from the many advantages of laser therapy. Bleeding is minimized, swelling is controlled and there is usually little if any postoperative discomfort. Restorations in teeth can be accomplished more efficiently and the bond strength of the tooth colored fillings is greatly enhanced. Of prime importance, most procedures can be performed comfortably, without the need of a local anesthetic or injection.
Patients with chronically sensitive teeth can now rejoice. Using the Waterlase iPlus laser, we can now truly desensitize teeth, safely, economically and comfortably. The entire treatment takes only about 15 seconds. Please email Dr. Lipman for more information.