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Part 2: Debunking Dental Laser Myths—Speed, Analgesic Reliability, New Procedures, and More

Back in 2017, Convergent Dental proved some of the most common dental laser myths to be just that—myths. To read about lasers and their true ROI, low learning curve, and the truth about what patients really want, check out part 1: Dental Laser Misconceptions: Debunking Common Myths.

No matter the amount of dental laser education, there are still questions on whether lasers stand up to the high-speed drill and traditional dentistry. If you ask dentists who chose the Solea dental laser over the needle, drill, and scalpel, they’ll share success stories of improved clinical outcomes, increased efficiency, and overall greater clinical capabilities that allow them to perform new procedures and keep more higher-paying work in house. Dentists are also comparing how their new patient flow has increased after using the 9.3 µm CO2 laser.

If our first round of debunked laser myths and dentist testimonial video doesn’t convince you that lasers are the superior option, we’re going to make you a believer by tackling four additional misconceptions!

"Lasers are slow at cutting hard tissue"

The cavity experience for patients can be a nightmare due to the anxiety, needles, pain, numbness, and inconvenience associated with it. But for the dental practice, this type of restorative procedure can be very profitable—a dream come true—if dentists use the right tool that lets them work fast.

In a Class II composite resin restoration on tooth #5 DO case by Dr. Heath Brantley, Solea categorically debunks the myth that lasers are slow at cutting hard tissue.

The patient in this case was fearful, so it was imperative for Dr. Brantley to move fast. Using Solea to cut through enamel to expose the dentin, he prepped the tooth in just two minutes without anesthesia. As a result of the rapid prep, Dr. Brantley restored the tooth and completed the full treatment in 10 minutes versus 40 minutes if traditional instruments were used.  

"The analgesic effect isn’t reliable"

It’s easy to debunk a myth when the proof is obvious. The proof of a laser’s analgesic effect is ultimately shown when the dentist starts working. If the patient doesn’t feel pain or complain of discomfort, the analgesia is proven reliable and the myth is debunked.

In a case from Dr. David Fantarella, we see evidence that shows just how reliable the analgesic effect of Solea is when tested in a deep cavity Class I on tooth #29 case. According to Dr. Fantarella, the 9.3 µm CO2 laser changes how dentists treat tooth decay and transforms the cavity experience in general. Here, Dr. Fantarella was able to vaporize the tooth structure, prep the cavity, excavate the decay, and finalize the prep—all without anesthesia. And guess what? The patient didn’t feel a thing!

"Lasers are useless when you need to remove amalgam restorations"

Wrong! In a case by Dr. Joshua Weintraub, an amalgam removal on tooth #14 was performed successfully without anesthesia. Using the Solea laser, Dr. Weintraub troughed around the old restoration and outlined the prep. After the troughing was completed, he sectioned the amalgam and carefully removed it with a high-speed handpiece and bur. Solea helped simplify the procedure starting with its reliable analgesia at the beginning.

During the same appointment, Dr. Weintraub prepped the adjacent tooth #13 anesthesia-free, using Solea again to easily remove the decay. Both teeth were restored in less than 50 minutes.

"Lasers can only be used for a limited number of procedures, so they’re not worth the investment

Solea is an all-tissue laser that enables fast and precise cutting of tooth structure, soft tissue, and bone. Using it will allow you to increase efficiency, improve clinical outcomes, and perform traditionally challenging procedures instead of referring them to specialists. That sounds worth the investment to us!

In a case by Dr. Weintraub, two soft-tissue surgeries were performed: a gingivectomy and maxillary frenectomy. With Solea, Dr. Weintraub didn’t have to think twice about keeping the case in-house. He also wouldn’t have been able to achieve the amazing, final clinical outcome with traditional instruments or another laser.

Crown lengthenings are also often turned away by non-laser dentists. However, if you use Solea, you can undoubtedly accept these cases and perform them non-invasively. In this crown lengthening case, Dr. Timothy Anderson shows us how he successfully completed the procedure (compare a typical 60-minute surgery to treatment that takes less than 10 minutes with Solea) with clean cutting, minimal bleeding, and an “outstanding” final clinical outcome. Not to mention, the result exceeded his patient’s expectations, and she left ready to refer him to the next friend in need of a dentist.

Have we convinced you on the efficacy of dental lasers? If yes, great! They’re being used every day to change dentists’ and patients’ lives for the better. If not, we still want to try! Contact Convergent Dental and ask us about our Solea laser today – we’re ready to answer your questions and debunk anything we haven’t covered yet.

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