I really, really love lasers. I've been an owner and a user of some type of laser for well over 10 years now.
Over the years I have found my experience with the devices to be everything that I hoped for and actually more. So much so in fact, that lasers truly have become part of my daily routine in treating patients. In my office lasers are considered to be a routine piece of many of our procedures and we reach for them just as we would any other necessary instrument needed to complete the task at hand.
This week alone, as the” end of year rush” arrives in our office we have used lasers to perform multiple procedures while allowing the staff and I to be more efficient as an added bonus. The list of procedures from this week includes multiple composite restorations performed with no anesthesia, soft tissue crown lengthening, troughng the gingival sulcus for impressions, controlling gingival hemorrhage for class V restorations, and a lingual frenectomy. What I find really amazing about that list is that those are the procedures I just happen to remember performing this week; I'm sure that I've left out a few.
While laser usage in dentistry may seem exotic and ” cutting-edge” too many, quite honestly for my staff and I they are” just another day at the office”. We have found lasers to be amazing tools that allow us to provide better treatment for patients while also allowing us to perform treatment in a more efficient manner. This means that not only are our patients receiving laser treatment that provides great results, but it also means that the treatment is faster and easier. And let's face it, everyone (including me when I'm a patient) wants to spend as little time in the dental chair as possible.
We are currently using diode lasers from Discus as well as a LightWalker laser which is available through Technology 4 Medicine. The LightWalker is a 2 wavelength device featuring the Nd:YAG soft tissue wavelength as well as the Er:YAG wavelength for hard tissues.
If you are looking for a way to provide superior treatment for your patients, I really feel a laser could be just what you're looking for. For me, they have become devices that I reach for as routinely as a mirror. They are devices that I use multiple times each day and have become so important to what I do that I simply could not practice without them.