Friday, October 16, 2009

Lares Introduces Minimally Invasive Laser Periodontal Disease Treatment

I've been a laser user for over 10 years now. Lasers have made a definite improvement in my patient care and clinical outcomes. In addition to all of the other technologies we use in my practice, we currently have 5 different wavelengths that we use depending on what we want to accomplish.

One of the most discussed laser procedures, is the treating of periodontal disease. While the ideal of treating perio disease through the use of a laser isn't new, Lares Research has added a new piece to the puzzle by the incorporation of the Er:YAG wavelength to remove calculus from the root surface. This allows for laser treatment of both sides of the perio pocket. It's definitely an interesting concept. Here is the press release:

Chico, CA: October 15, 2009— Lares Research has introduced Wavelength-optimized Periodontal Therapy™ (WPT™), a minimally invasive laser periodontal disease treatment that optimizes the use of dentistry’s two best wavelengths: Nd:YAG and Er:YAG. The method is only available with the Lares Powerlase® AT all-tissue, dual wavelength laser.

The WPT method allows the clinician to treat periodontal disease and create optimal conditions for healing. With WPT, the clinician removes the diseased epithelial lining of the periodontal pocket using Nd:YAG energy, removes calculus from the root surface using Er:YAG energy (FDA 510 [K] clearance to market for this indication for use is pending), and seals the pocket after treatment with a stable fibrin clot using Nd:YAG energy. Utilizing both wavelengths in a periodontal disease treatment protocol makes best use of the unique laser/tissue interaction characteristics of each wavelength.

The WPT procedure was developed for Lares Research by Dr. Robert Barr. Dr. Barr is a pioneer in laser dentistry and laser education who lectures nationally and internationally. He is a founding member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry, was one of the first to achieve Mastership and Educator status, and received the Leon Goldman Award for Clinical Excellence in 1999. He is a founder and board member of The World Congress of Minimally Invasive Dentistry and was named their clinician of the year in 2004.

The WPT minimally invasive alternative to scalpel/suture surgery greatly reduces patient fear and increases treatment acceptance. By offering their current patients WPT, clinicians can see dramatic increases in annual net income without needing to treat a single new patient.

The PowerLase® AT is the only dental laser capable of delivering both Nd:YAG and Er:YAG laser energy for the efficient performance of the WPT procedure. Combining both wavelengths in a single laser allows the clinician to quickly and conveniently switch between Er:YAG and Nd:YAG while performing WPT.

Lares offers extensive training in laser dentistry, as well as the Advanced Perio and Soft Tissue Course, a two-day hands-on training program focused on periodontal disease treatment and WPT. The course is led by laser dentistry pioneers Dr. Robert Barr and Dr. Mark Colonna.

Lares is a recognized leader in the development, manufacture and distribution of oral cutting technology, supplying dentists with precision handpieces and high performance lasers worldwide. The company has been an innovator in the field of dental lasers since it began offering lasers to dental clinicians in 1997. For more information, call 1-888-333-8440, ext. 2050, or go to


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