Dr. Plotka Shares His Solea® Dental Laser Experience with WCVB News


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“I don’t do anything the same way I did three years ago,” states Dr. Ron Plotka, a general dentist who has been in private practice for 45 years. Three years ago, Dr. Plotka first implemented Convergent Dental’s Solea dental laser into his practice workflow, and has since been met with exceptional results by way of increased patient retention and staff satisfaction. Dr. Plotka recently spoke with WCVB News about the state-of-the-art laser that’s rapidly changed the face of dentistry.

Based out of Swampscott, MA, Dr. Plotka was previously your traditional dentist using anesthesia and the drill for the majority of his procedures before discovering Solea. Solea is the only CO2 9.3 micron dental laser approved by the FDA for both hard and soft tissue procedures. With Solea Dr. Plotka is able to treat all of his patients reliably anesthesia-free, blood-free, suture-free, and pain free which allows the doctor to perform hard-tissue and soft-tissue procedures without the needle or drill. In addition he can do multi-quadrant dentistry because the patient is not anesthetized. Utilizing a variable-speed foot pedal, the all-tissue laser provides clinicians like Dr. Plotka with optimal control and convenience. Dr. Plotka steps harder on the foot pedal to cut hard-tissue and softer on the foot pedal to cut soft-tissue. It’s that easy.

Solea’s unique wavelength, facilitated by sophisticated computer aided controls, creates faster and quieter results than any traditional drill, and because it’s reliably anesthesia-free, patients undergo a relaxing experience with a reduced chair time. Dr. Plotka noted that one of his patients, Maddy Leinberry, recently came in for treatment of several cavities, and commented on the pain-free experience provided by Solea. “It didn’t feel like anything, it just felt like I was breathing fresh air.” Such a response is typical of most patients’ initial reactions to the capabilities of Solea – the dental laser creates near silent and reliably pain-free results that every dental patient wants.

Moreover, Solea comes equipped with top-rate handpieces and an intuitive touch-screen interface to impart comprehensive control and versatility when performing a variety of different procedures. Dr. Plotka believes that the Solea dental laser goes a long way to quelling many fears previously associated with the traditional dental drill. Heightened patient satisfaction leads to more referrals, and ultimately, an amplified ROI. Dr. Plotka calls Solea a “practice-builder” because it entices patients and staff alike to adopt a technology that has revolutionized the dental industry.

Convergent Dental designed Solea to optimize the experience of patients while catalyzing practice growth. For patients – Solea offers reliably anesthesia-free procedures done in fewer appointments. For clinicians – it exemplifies innovation while driving increased cases, especially in the number of soft-tissue procedures many dentists previously referred out, but can now complete in-house.

Dr. Plotka echoes the sentiments of all Solea laser dentists who have incorporated the technology into their workflows. “It’s a game changer. Solea is the paradigm shift in dentistry.”

Clinicians like Dr. Plotka appreciate the fact that Solea boosts efficiency and productivity while streamlining procedures that previously required far more chair time with traditional tools. If you’re interested in learning more about what Solea can do for your practice contact Convergent Dental today!