LASER is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Lasers are commonly found in consumer devices like dvd players, laserjet printers, scanners, and the bar code readers at the checkout counter. In the medical field lasers are used to cut soft tissue that is high in water content, as with oral surgery and eye surgery.
The light projected by a laser operates with a duration of 70-700 µsec (microseconds) which is faster than a nerve can respond to a sensation. By pulsing the laser beam surgery can be performed without the need for injections to numb the mouth, and provides the patient with a more comfortable dental visit.
What is Waterlase?
Waterlase is a high-tech laser surgery tool manufactured by Biolase. The Biolase instruments use a patented combination YSGG laser and water spray to perform a wide range of oral surgery procedures without a drill.
The Waterlase laser provides many benefits for the patient and the doctor that include:
- No need for local anesthesia (injection)
- Significantly lower risk of contamination
- Less bleeding and post operative swelling
- No drill vibration
- Lower risk of bone fracture
Types of Waterlase Procedures
The Waterlase laser surgery instrument is used in many oral surgery procedures that include:
- Cavity preparation
- Caries removal
- Endodontic Surgery
- Flap preparation
- Cutting bone to prepare a window access to the apex (apices) of the root(s)
- Apicoectomy – amputation of the root end
- Root end preparation for retrofill amalgam or composite
- Removal of pathological tissues (i.e., cysts or abscess)
- Root Canal
- Cutting, shaving, contouring and resection of oral osseous tissues (bone)
- Removal of subgingival calculi in periodontal pockets with periodontitis.
- Laser removal of diseased, infected, inflamed and necrosed soft tissue within the periodontal pocket
- Removal of highly inflamed edematous tissue affected by bacteria penetration
- Ostectomy (resection of bone to restore bony architecture, resection of bone for grafting)
- Osseous crown lengthening
- Exposure of unerupted teeth
- Fibroma removal
- Frenectomy and frenotomy
- Implant recovery
- Soft tissue crown lengthening
After having this procedure done with a laser, I would never want to have another procedure done with your conventional drill, and knives, and sutures, and everything – there’s no need for it.
N. Jones, New York
I would definitely recommend it. It was much easier than I thought it would be.
M. Franklin, New York
To learn more about laser oral surgery click here to download the waterlase brochure.
To learn more about high tech laser oral surgery procedures please call Dr. Calat’s office – 212-696-2677 or email us.