What is Waterlase?
The WaterLase is a dental laser that enables the dentist to use minimal and even no anesthetic or drills to perform many routine dental procedures.
Are you scared of going to the dentist because you’ll hear the dreaded drill screeching in your ear? Or maybe you are terrified of needles and local anaesthetic. All these dental fears can be minimized with treatments performed with the laser. This technology enables the dentist to perform many procedures with minimal and even no anesthetic or drills.
Photon Powered Dentistry
The WaterLase 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 target tissue it excites the water molecules to ablate the hard or soft tissue. Since the laser continuously sprays out water it keeps the tooth hydrated preventing heat and giving you a virtually pain free experience.
It’s More Convenient
Even for those who floss, brush and use fluoride regularly, sometimes you still end up with a cavity. Between work, school, and children, plus everything else, there is no time to schedule another dental appointment. Now you don’t have to worry because your WaterLase dentist can do it all at the same time. Since it’s less likely you will need an injection to fill your cavity, your dentist can do multiple simple procedures in a single visit! A WaterLase dentist saves you the hassle of going to a specialist because they can perform a wide variety of procedures.
Safe and Precise
Lasers for use in dermatology, ophthalmology and cosmetics have been around for years. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1998, the WaterLase is cleared for numerous procedures and can be safely used on all ages — and it is 100% safe for the elderly, pregnant women, and even infants. 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. The WaterLase, on the other hand, removes very precise amounts of tooth, without damaging or cracking the rest of the tooth! And because it is so precise, you will rarely need anesthetic.
Practically Painless, More Natural Dentistry
Heat, vibration and pressure are the primary causes of pain associated with the use of the traditional dental drill. Since cutting both hard and soft tissues (teeth and gums) with the WaterLase does not generate heat, vibration or pressure, many dental procedures can be performed nearly pain-free with less need for anaesthesia and less use of the drill, especially in our younger patients. Additionally, using the laser for gum procedures reduces bleeding, post-operative pain, swelling and the need for pain medication in many cases.
Accuracy & Precision
We are able to remove tooth enamel (the hardest substance in the body), bone and soft tissue precisely while leaving surrounding areas unaffected. This conserves more of the healthy tissue, also termed minimal invasive dentistry.
High speed drills can cause hairline cracks and fractures in the teeth that eventually lead to future dental problems. WaterLase reduces damage to healthy portions of the tooth and minimizes trauma.
Fewer Dental Visits
Since you often do not need anesthesia, we can perform cavity preps in all areas of the mouth in just one visit. This technology also gives us the ability perform many procedures that were previously referred to specialists, saving you time and hassle as you address the dental needs of you and your family.
The WaterLase is extremely versatile. It can be used for a wide range of hard and soft tissue procedures. From decay removal, cavity preparation, root canals, smile design, gum and bone surgical procedures and many others.