Updated: Apr 10
Sink your teeth into improved, pain-free dentist visits!
According to the European Journal of Dentistry, 16 percent of school-age children have a fear of dentists and the World Health Organisation reports that 60 to 90 percent of school children worldwide have dental cavities. Thankfully, dental care and technology have made great strides and the latest advances in dentistry are now available right here in South Africa.
The Benefits Of Laser Dentistry:
1. Virtually Painless
Dental lasers enable the dentist to use minimal and in some cases even no anaesthetic or drills to perform many routine dental procedures.
2. Natural Water-Powered Dentistry
The Biolase Waterlase laser combines water, air and laser energy for safe use on human tissue in the mouth. Our teeth are partially made up of water and when the laser makes contact with the tooth, it excites the water molecules to ‘cut’ through the tooth. The laser continuously sprays out water and keeps the tooth hydrated, preventing heat and giving you a virtually pain free experience.
3. It’s More Convenient
Between your work schedule, the school timetable, extra mural activities and the demands of everyday life, there is often little time to schedule a dental appointment, and in some cases, multiple appointments. A Waterlase laser dentist can do procedure in all four quadrants at the same time and ince it’s less likely you will need an injection to fill your cavity, your dentist can do multiple simple procedures in a single visit.
4. Safe and Precise
Regular dental drills rely on removing large amounts of tooth to get the job done, and the constant grinding and spinning of a drill bur can cause cracks and pain. Laser on the other hand, can remove very precise amounts of tooth, without damaging or cracking the rest of the tooth. In addition, because of its action, you will rarely need anaesthetic.
5. Reduced Cross-Contamination
Laser dentistry works without contact to the tooth and the dentist can operate with single-use, disposable tips, so you don’t have to worry about what might have been in someone else’s mouth. Plus, the laser energy can kill and remove bacteria.
6. Minimally invasive
A laser is used to do the work that the drill used to do, meaning that the procedure is less invasive and therefore less stressful for your child.
7. Greater precision
Due to the nature of using a laser, dentists can now get to the ‘root’ of the problem with greater accuracy. This means that only the damaged part of your child’s tooth is treated and healthier tooth is retained.
A shorter visit means a happier visit, especially for children.
How It Works
Laser technology is extremely versatile and is able to treat both hard and soft tissue. Because laser dentistry requires less to no anaethesia (therefore no injections), multiple procedures can be done simultaneously on different quadrants of the mouth – eliminating multiple appointments. Its non-contact method guarantees mostly painless procedures. Laser dentistry and surgery is faster with better recovery, no swelling, bruising, antibiotics or painkillers needed in most cases. With this latest technology, patient treatment can be done in less time and with no facial numbness when going back to the office or school.
Rosebank’s Dr Sam Thandar explains, “It is very rare when a Waterlase dentist has to give an injection to a child. Laser treatments are virtually painless, cause minimum bleeding and swelling, are less invasive and allow for the preservation of healthier tooth structure during cavity removal.”
What Does It Cost?
The medical aids pay for, or towards certain procedures – whether they are done with traditional tools or the hi-tech laser. Each practice will have its own fee structure for specific procedures, but in most cases it will be similar to the fee that would have been applicable with traditional tools like scalpel blades, drills and sutures. Furthermore, not all lasers are the same, therefore be sure to look for a certified Biolase laser dentist! Only the Biolase Waterlase and the EPIC Lasers can perform certain procedures in a way that other lasers cannot.
Extracts from an article by Peter Doubell, CEO SciVision
SOURCE: BIZNEWS CONNECT