In the lecture, everyone wanted to teach us the technology that we could use in “Daily Dentistry.” The sales staff wants to sell us products that can be incorporated into “daily dentistry.” So how do we define this term and how to succeed in daily work? I define daily dentistry as a controlled disorder because there is no “every day.” Every day is different, every day is a new challenge, some days are great, and some days we can’t wait for them to end. A great day is high quality dentistry, on schedule, and happy patients. Unfortunately, sometimes we sometimes have a hard time making impressions. Repairs need to be redone, patients are getting late, and we are behind schedule. Some patients cannot be happy.
With technology, we can turn our daily dental care into “extraordinary dentistry” by providing better and more predictable results for the challenges we face each day.
So how can we create more beautiful days, reduce our bad days, and make daily dentists better? Technology can help us improve the quality of care we provide to patients. Dental technology has come a long way. Twenty-five years ago I learned basic principles and technological progress of the times at the dental school; however, many of these advances have come to an end. Today’s progress far exceeds the progress made 25 years ago. Therefore, with the continuous development of dental technology and technological advancements, which technologies provide the most skills in practicing daily dental practice. How we determine the value of a technology is not only from the perspective of cost, but also the ease of use, the learning curve and the predictability of the outcome view.
One technique I have felt is laser technology. Although lasers come in all sizes, types, and costs, I want to focus on soft-tissue diode lasers. Lasers have been developing for many years, although many misunderstandings still exist. This has prevented many practitioners from seeing the benefits offered by this technology. I often think of 12 years before buying my first laser, and how I see laser technology – too expensive, too little to use, suspect acceptability and many other excuse. Fortunately, I ventured and never looked back. Yes, there are times when I question my abilities (I have also been questioned on several occasions whether I want to be a dentist!) And yes, there is a learning curve, but everyday dentistry is about changing and improving what is offered to our patients. Quality of care. This is also about updating our thinking process and letting us have an interest and motivation in our profession.
So how does soft tissue laser technology change the way we practice, and how do we successfully apply this technology to everyday practice, and what do we need to do? I like to take any new technology as an adventure. Too often we are uncomfortable with change, but change is the reason for making life better. Therefore, we must maintain an open attitude. If your laser doesn’t achieve the desired effect, or if you don’t get the desired result, it may not be a laser. It may be an operator. Remember that any new technology has a learning curve, so be open-minded and creative.
So what can a soft tissue laser do? It may be much more than you think. First, diode lasers can cut and shape soft tissue, which gives us the opportunity to remove lesions (fibroids), release the tumor, readjust the gums, and form grooves around the crown preparation. Usually this can be achieved with a small amount of bleeding, minimal collateral tissue damage and better healing. Unlike electrical pulse units, diode lasers can be used for crowns, orthodontic brackets and implants. Diode lasers can also be used to whiten teeth. Diode lasers seek pigments, so it makes sense to effectively remove pigments and stains during whitening procedures. I feel the result is similar or better than any available office whitening system, with lower sensitivity and shorter appointments.
The FDA approved certain diode lasers to help treat TMD and facial muscle pain. Diode lasers can actually penetrate tissues and increase blood flow, reduce edema, and help healing. Although diode lasers have been used to treat muscle and joint pain for many years, this may offer another way to treat our patients. Diode lasers have been used to help treat periodontal disease, and some studies have shown better results and advantages using diode lasers in combination with scaling and root planning. These studies showed that bleeding during exploration decreased and the depth of the bag was reduced. Other uses of diode lasers include the treatment of aphthous ulcers, desensitization of the teeth, excision of the medulla, and, most importantly, elimination of excess tissue in inflammation, making it impossible for you to take a coronary impression.
Therefore, when we look forward to technology, we expect more – better, faster and easier, but don’t forget our patients; patients are already looking forward to technology. Old-fashioned dentistry is the material of outdated jokes, not patient care. If we provide better care, we will get better results, better Post-Op and happier patients. Diode lasers can provide fast healing, reduce need for suturing and relieve pain. As dental professionals, we can also know that we are providing the latest technology and participating in this exciting medical revolution.