Why You Need A Dental Diode Laser
By Glenn van As, DMD
Clinically, they allow you to replace your electrosurge for many procedures,
providing the opportunity to work on soft tissue with less need for anesthetic.
In addition, unlike with monopolar electrosurgical units, you can work around metals
(amalgam, braces, implants and crowns) without fear of creating iatrogenic damage
to the pulp, bone or soft tissue. Lasers disinfect so they can be used many times
in periodontal pockets and endodontic situations as an adjunct to traditional methodologies.
In addition, there is less lateral thermal damage with lasers allowing the clinician the confidence to take impressions on the same day as crown troughing
or gingivectomies are completed. Lasers allow you to treat cases more simply,
with less stress while increasing the ROI by implementing new procedures into your office.
The two main areas where lasers have changed the way I practice--They make my life simpler,
and they increase ROI. They make restorative dentistry easier by removing tissue
as a barrier to the restorations in regular restorative dentistry. They also can be used
to create symmetry and harmony in the soft tissues so that cosmetic dentistry looks beautiful
in not only the whites (teeth) but the pinks as well (gingiva). After all the gingiva
and the lips are the frames for our pictures (teeth). Prior to having a laser,
there were many procedures I referred out or ignored. Two examples of this included fibroma
removals, and frenectomies. I found that with the laser, a lack of sutures and less bleeding
made these two simple but profitable procedures easy to implement into my practice.
In addition, using lasers in conjunction with veneers and anterior indirect restorations
can really help eliminate minor soft tissue asymmetries in the gingival heights.
Of course one must always consider biologic width and bone locations
when using a soft tissue laser, but in many instances minor alterations
of soft tissue makes these cosmetic cases go from good to great!