As modern technology continues to advance dentistry techniques, patients are benefiting in more ways than one. Dental procedures are now taking less time to complete and are often pain-free with faster recovery times.
One technology, in particular, is also easing patient fears and anxieties by eliminating the need for traditional needles and drill equipment. That technology is Solea® Laser dentistry, and it’s a good choice for a variety of dental needs.
What Exactly Is Solea® Laser Dentistry?
Solea® is a dental laser increasingly being used to perform a wide range of dental procedures. With its unique wavelength method, delivering smooth and fast results, it’s no wonder more and more dental offices are adding it to their services.
More specifically, a Solea® laser treatment works by focusing an extremely narrow, intense beam of light onto the affected area of the mouth, delivering thousands of pulses each second.
Its capabilities include reshaping or removing affected tissue and can treat gums, tooth enamel and dentin, and even bones.
During any procedure with a Solea® Laser, your dentist will begin by setting the targeting with a computer then focus the laser’s beam for removal of a cavity or infection, or other procedure. Patients may feel a cold sensation every few seconds but no pain.
The entire procedure is fast, lasting only a couple of minutes.
Which Dental Procedures Can Benefit from Solea® Dentistry?
Solea® can be used during almost any dental procedure, but your dentist will need to determine if it’s right for you and your specific needs.
Dental procedures where Solea® Laser treatment may be used include:
- Removal of cavities
- Insertion of dental fillings
- Removal of old fillings
- Process of deep cleanings
- Placement of crowns
- Treatment of periodontal disease
- Removal or treatment of damaged oral tissues
- Treatment of ulcers and canker sores
- Root canal therapy
- Oral surgery (gums and/or bone)
When developing treatment plans for whatever dental needs you have, you can also ask if the use of Solea® laser dentistry is an option, as its use may expand beyond those procedures listed above in some cases.
What Are the Main Benefits of Solea® Laser Dentistry?
The Solea® laser serves as an effective alternative to traditional methods and provides a number of benefits to patients, including the following.
- Most dental procedures can be completed within a single visit easily and quickly, limiting the time a patient must sit still in the chair.
- It helps lessen patient anxiety as the use of the laser eliminates the need for needles or the buzzing sound of drills.
- Procedures are less painful (most are pain-free), and there is less risk of bleeding gums.
- As an anesthesia-free method, it eliminates the need to numb a patient’s mouth to carry out the dental procedure.
- With its increased precision, less damage and bruising occur to surrounding tissues (which is common with traditional procedures), and there’s a lower risk for additional pain and potential infections.
- Results in faster healing or recovery time (due to less damage to surrounding tissues).
What Should Patients Expect During a Solea® Laser Procedure?
A Solea® Laser procedure will begin with your dentist telling you about the laser and how it will be used. You can ask any questions about the procedure and the technology at this time, and you may be given protective eyewear as an extra safety precaution.
After that, your dentist will focus the laser over the affected area, and within minutes, the procedure will be complete. Patients will not experience pain during or after the procedure. Since no anesthesia is required, recovery time is lessened, and you can resume eating and drinking immediately unless your dentist recommends you wait for another reason.
Is Solea® Laser Dentistry Safe for Everyone?
Solea® Laser Dentistry is safe for all patients, including children, the elderly, and pregnant women.
Patients with orthodontic devices, such as braces, aligners, palate expanders, and headgear, are safe as well, and the devices will not be damaged. Those with pacemakers are also eligible.
Pre-existing medical conditions will not automatically preclude patients from Solea® laser dentistry. However, if you do have one, be sure to talk it over with your dentist before any procedure commences.
With the increasing use of Solea® Laser Dentistry, patients are less likely to shy away from dental visits and instead feel more comfortable attending to all their oral health needs. In turn, a healthy mouth and a confident smile are easier to achieve than ever before. It’s a win-win all the way around.
Experience Solea® Laser Dentistry at the Office of Angela Bateson, DDS
Our team understands the anxiety often experienced by patients when it comes to dental visits and procedures. To help alleviate that, Dr. Bateson provides Solea® laser treatment for a variety of dental health needs. Contact our Findlay, OH office today to schedule an appointment and experience for yourself the many benefits Solea® Laser Dentistry can provide.