Dental Laser Misconceptions: Debunking Common Myths

 

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Dental lasers, like many other dental technologies, are the subject of a variety of different opinions surrounding their functionality and overall benefit to the dental practice. While it’s always sensible to do research on and consult with peers before making a purchase, many of the common thoughts about dental lasers are major misconceptions. To give you a better idea of the true benefits of an all-tissue dental laser we’re going to debunk three of the most common dental laser myths.

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Spread the Word: Marketing Your Practice’s Dental Technology

digital-marketing-solea-postThe growth of dental technology has pushed the industry forward in incredible ways. Dental professionals now have a number of new, streamlined ways to approach treatments unavailable without leading technology. Practices that use Solea®, a dental laser capable of reliably anesthesia-free dentistry, are able to offer patients unprecedented treatment compared to practices relying on traditional high-speed drills. However, it isn’t enough to own Solea and provide advanced treatment to your existing patients. In order to properly reap the rewards of your technology and grow your practice you have to understand how to market yourself as a laser dentist.

Effectively spreading the word about Solea’s many patient-centric benefits requires knowing how to best communicate information to patients, and where patients are going to interact with your practice.


Redefining the Patient Experience with Solea®

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It is no secret not only children, but even adults fear going to the dentist; in fact, the American Dental Association (ADA) once addressed this issue by providing a compilation of statistics that spoke to the adult patient’s frequency of visits. The findings revealed that in 2014, 52.3% of adults saw their dentist every six months in the last few years, 15.4% reported once per year, and 11.0% said they went every two to three years. However, most astounding was the fact that an overwhelming 21.3% confessed that it had been quite some time since they have sat in an operatory chair. We could speculate as to why one-in-five adult patients chose to avoid their two annual visits; perhaps they did not have the availability, or maybe it had to do with something else: the fear of encountering the dreaded drill.

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Three Doctors, Three Viewpoints, One Laser

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When dentists begin using Solea it often becomes the centerpiece of the entire practice, streamlining more difficult procedures and offering patients reliably anesthesia-free treatments. To learn more about Solea’s impact on the dental practice, we spoke with three dentists to learn about their expectations of Solea before using it and what they think of Solea after bringing it into their practice.


Dental Lasers Demystified

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From an outside perspective, laser dentistry can appear daunting. You may have heard about lasers at a trade show or had a few discussions with colleagues, but still have plenty of questions about the different kinds of lasers on the market and whether any of them are a good fit for your practice. To help demystify dental lasers, we’ll take a high-level look at CO2 lasers, Erbium lasers, and what sets Solea® apart.

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Why Solea: The Impact of Reliably Anesthesia-Free Dentistry

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Efficient.

Easy.

Phenomenal.

Epic.

Dentists have used all of these words to describe Solea’s technology and its impact on their patients. They’ve said things like: “It works so quickly and efficiently – the experience the patient receives is so much better than traditional dentistry.” And: “Solea continues to amaze me on a daily basis.” Of course, hearing that makes us smile, but we’re always striving to innovate. To that end, every year, we meet with dentists from around the country to provide a platform where we can share our latest technology innovations and Solea dentists can collaborate, discover and learn new techniques to enhance their experience with Solea and the experience of their patients.


The Changing Face of Dentistry with Dr. David Garber

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Last week, we were honored to welcome Dr. David Garber to Boston to lead an evening discussion followed by a one day hands-on session with Solea. Dr. David Garber is a renowned expert in the dental community. He has won the Gordon J. Christensen Lecturer Recognition Award, the David Serson Medal of Research, is an honorary member of the Kois Center for Advancing Dentistry Through Science, as well as a past president of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry (AAED) and board member of both the AAED and the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics. Having been a leader in the field for decades, he drew quite the crowd. We, like the rest of the audience, took out our notepad and enjoyed learning from the best. Below are our event and presentation highlights.

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Treating Interproximal Carious Lesions, Crown Lengthening, Fractured Amalgam, and Recurrent Decay with Joshua P. Weintraub, DDS

For a long time, dental lasers have struggled to deliver predictable clinical performance. As an experienced laser dentist, Dr. Joshua Weintraub has invested in many different types of lasers, including erbium (2.9 μm), Nd:YAG (1.064 μm), and diode (0.81 μm). He saw the potential of laser technology, but struggled to experience the consistent results promised. With Solea, Dr. Weintraub finally has a technology with which he can confidently and safely perform anesthesia-free and blood-free procedures for the majority of his cases, including interproximal carious lesions, crown lengthening, fractured amalgam, and recurrent decay.


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At Dr. Bernstein’s office, a young patient with braces faced a complicated situation. The 14 year-old patient presented with extensive gingival hyperplasia. Her orthodontic appliance made it hard to maintain oral hygiene so there was significant gingival hypertrophy on 24 teeth. Traditionally dentists would reach for a scalpel, which requires anesthesia and follow-up sutures. Dr. Bernstein offers his patients a less invasive alternative using Solea.

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INTRODUCING SOLEA 3.0 – The Next Big Breakthrough in Lasers is Here.

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The Laser that changed dentistry is changing it again. When Solea first launched, it delivered on the promise of a reliable dental laser that increased efficiencies, added new procedures to a dentist’s repertoire and improved the dental experience for doctors and patients alike. Since that day, we haven’t stopped innovating. Solea 3.0 is our most impressive software update yet. It’s easy to use, intuitive, and handles like a dream. One of our Solea dentists said, “I feel as if I’m driving a new Formula 1… and it’s exhilarating!”


Solea Laser Reduces Dentist Stress

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At the beginning of the year, Dental Products Report released a survey about the mental state of today’s dentist, and author Kevin Henry’s findings paint a pretty stressful picture. As a partner to many private practices, we can certainly empathize. We can also offer a solution. For those looking for a way to alleviate some of the most common stresses in dentistry today, take a look at Solea.

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Solea Laser Success Stories

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Unlike any other piece of dental technology, Solea is something patients want to talk and tweet about. Since the launch, we’ve seen videos and photos from patients across the country, commenting on Solea’s impact on their dental experience. The best part is that people are often sharing on their own accord. Other times, dentists are asking patients to reflect on their experience. In both cases, practices are able to capture genuine, relatable reactions to Solea’s stress-free dentistry.


Dr. Fantarella on Solea Laser’s

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Dr. David Fantarella had been using an erbium laser for five years when Solea hit the market. Unlike the erbium laser, Solea allowed him to perform a greater breadth of procedures at a faster rate and drastically improved his patient’s experience in the chair. Today, at his office in New Haven, Connecticut, he uses Solea on virtually every patient, every day.

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Successful Frenectomies Utilizing Solea Improve Pediatric Dentistry

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To witness Solea’s unrivaled ability to improve the patient experience, visit Dr. Lawrence Kotlow’s practice in Albany, New York, where families from near and far are traveling to his office for a new kind of frenectomy procedure. Traditionally, frenectomies are an invasive operation that requires anesthesia and pose a serious challenge for parents who fear a painful experience for their kids. Utilizing Solea’s technology, Dr. Kotlow pioneered a new process to treat infant and toddler patients quickly and comfortably.


How Solea is Changing the Pediatric Dental Experience

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The data tells us that it doesn’t matter how old you are: going to the dentist can be anxiety-inducing. With Solea, it doesn’t have to be. Solea’s speed and precision not only saves time, they also allow dentists to complete procedures without the drill’s unpleasant side effects and discomfort. Solea, quite simply, has fundamentally changed the patient experience.

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Solea Transforms How Patients Experience the Dentist

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Whenever most people think of the dentist, they feel uneasy. They remember the noise of the drill and its uncomfortable vibrations. Thanks to Solea, the first FDA approved CO2 laser, those memories are becoming a thing of the past. Solea eliminates the dread that prevents nearly one third of Americans from visiting the dentist every year.


Dr. Ron Plotka on Solea as a Practice Builder

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Dr. Ron Plotka has practiced general dentistry for 45 years. Two years ago he started using Solea and it has completely transformed his practice. Unlike other dental lasers, Solea is the only CO2 9.3 micron dental laser cleared by the FDA for work on both hard and soft tissue. In fact, Dr. Plotka uses it on just about all of his patients. By helping dentists simplify their workflow, Solea provides a dentist with dramatically-improved efficiencies.

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Watch: Anxiety-Free Dentistry Starts With Solea

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Needles. Drills. Pain.

These three things contribute to the fear that as many as one in five Americans suffer when considering going to the dentist. The good news is Solea, the dental industry’s leading dental laser, has all but eliminated all three from hard and soft tissue procedures. For patients with extreme anxiety, prioritizing their oral health has suddenly become more manageable.


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A recent report by Gallup Well-being found that more than one-third of Americans had not visited the dentist in the past 12 months. For those millions of people, this isn’t simply a function of avoidance, but a reflection of how hard it is to make the time given their incredibly busy schedules. Between work, school, and family obligations, routine appointments and follow-up treatments often get pushed further and further down the priority list.

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Dental Lasers Not For Your Practice? It’s Time For A Second Look

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In an economic climate like ours, it’s right to be cautious when it comes to capital investments in your business. But when it comes to Solea, the ROI is proven and the risks are minimized. The first FDA-approved CO2 Hard and soft tissue laser of its kind, Solea is quickly becoming an industry favorite for its ability to drastically increase everyday efficiency.


At The Dentist With Dr. Jerry Wender

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Solea’s promise is two-fold. First, an appointment without drills and anxiety-inducing anesthetics means a drastically improved patient experience. Second, happy patients and few injections mean a better workday for dentists. Just ask Dr. Jerry Wender, who is one of the newest dentists to add Solea to his practice.

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