Waterlase surgical dentistry has many advantages over conventional oral and periodontal surgeries:
Heat, vibration and pressure are the primary causes of pain associated with the use of the traditional drill and instruments. Since the Waterlase laser cuts hard and soft tissues without heat, vibration or pressure, your Periodontist may be able to perform your procedure with fewer shots and less anesthesia. Plus, using a Waterlase laser reduces bleeding, post-operative pain and swelling and the need for pain medication in many cases. In certain cases, patients could have surgeries without being taken off of Aspirin, Plavix, Coumadin and other blood thinners. Waterlase could also be used in comfortable treatment of oral herpetic lesions, removal and biopsy of other benign intra-oral lesions.
b)Accuracy and Precision
A Waterlase Periodontist can safely, accurately and precisely make an incision in soft and hard tissues while leaving the surrounding cells unaffected.
High speed drills can cause hairline fractures in teeth that can eventually lead to future dental problems. The gentle action of the Waterlase laser reduces damage to healthy portions of the gum, bone and tooth, minimizing trauma.
d)Detoxification of the Root Surface and Implants
Waterlase can safely and accurately detoxify and condition root surfaces for accepting bone and tissue grafts.
e)Fewer Dental Visits
Since you may not need shots or anesthesia, your Waterlase Periodontist may be able to perform various surgical procedures in several areas of your mouth, rather than having you come back for multiple visits.
f)Less Bleeding and Swelling
Due to its gentle cutting action and coagulating capabilities the Waterlase laser performs many procedures on gums and other soft tissues with little or no bleeding with less post-operative swelling. By doing so it bypasses the normal inflammatory process which is produced by traditional cutting action of a blade. This translates to less inflammation, less post-operative pain, less pain medications, and faster healing.
The Waterlase laser was first cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to cut tooth surface structures in 1988 and has received over 60 additional clearances for a wide range of procedures on teeth, gums and bone.