What is Waterlase and is it safe?
Waterlase dentistry is one of the most advanced dental technologies available today. It was developed by BIOLASE Technology, the leader in dental lasers. BIOLASE dental lasers have been used to treat millions of patients.
A waterlase laser creates special, highly concentrated light energy, and sends it through an optical fiber to its handpiece. Dr. Duraiappa uses the handpiece to aim the laser energy at precisely the areas to be treated.
Waterlase Dentistry was developed specifically to repair decayed and damaged teeth, and treat gum and other soft tissue in the mouth safely and comfortable. It can be harmful to eyes, however, so you, Dr. Duraiappa and anyone else in the treatment room when the laser is being used must wear special protective glasses.
Benefits of Waterlase Dentistry
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More Comfortable – Waterlase Dentistry uses laser energy and a gentle spray of water to perform a wide range of dental procedures – without the heat, vibration and pressure associated with the dental drill. With many procedures, it’s possible to use less anesthetic, and often no anesthetic at all.
More Convenient – Your Waterlase Dentist can often get you in and out of the dentist chair faster, since it’s less likely that you’ll need an injection – research shows that the vast majority of patients don’t. It’s nice to avoid that shot, isn’t it? Not using anesthetic can allow your dentist to perform procedures that used to require more than one visit in a single appointment. Also, a Waterlase Dentist can perform procedures that once meant an additional trip to a specialist, saving you, even more time.
More Precise – A Waterlase Dentist can remove decay far more precisely than a dentist using a drill. This saves more of the healthy parts of your tooth. Saving your natural teeth can save you from the discomfort and cost of bridges, dentures, and implants.
Conventional Treatment with Drill & Anesthetic
Before your procedure – Local anesthetic with needle and shot usually required to prevent pain. You wait while anesthetic takes effect.
During your procedure - Drill typically causes discomfort from heat, vibration, and pressure from contact of drill on a tooth.
After your procedure – You will typically have a numb lip, which can restrict eating and speaking until the anesthetic wears off.
Before your procedure - Many procedures performed with Waterlase Dentistry require little or no topical anesthetic, so the dentist can begin work right away.
During your procedure – Laser light and a gentle spray of water typically cause little or no discomfort.
After your procedure – If anesthetic has not been required you can return to normal activities immediately.