Role of Diode Lasers in Soft-Tissue Applications Continues to Expand
New diode laser is very compact
They are relatively inexpensive and provide quick return on investment
They are easy to use clinically
They have excellent safety and history, so you can be satisfied with your hygienic team using periodontal applications without worrying about changes in tooth structure
They are very reliable – diode lasers are almost electronic and optical, with almost no moving parts. This simplicity makes it cost-effective, compact and reliable.
“Eliminating the need for sutures greatly simplifies the surgical procedure and allows most dentists to feel comfortable. This is a win-win for both patients and practice.”
Until recently, soft-tissue diode lasers used one of two wavelengths: 810 nm or 980 nm. These wavelengths are chosen by the laser manufacturer because they have energy absorbing properties in soft tissue.
Diode lasers expand clinical function; create a win-win for patients and practice.
Diode lasers allow you to perform many soft-tissue procedures that may have been previously unwilling to perform, or because of unwillingness to deal with bleeding, sutures, and other surgical complications. Another advantage of the laser in soft tissue is the very small area of necrosis after the contour of the tissue. This means that the profit margin remains where we have placed. This is especially important in the aesthetic context. Using the laser, you can re-analyze the patient’s smile soft tissue, prepare teeth, and complete all the impressions in the same appointment. In the past, using a blade or electrosurgery, we usually waited several weeks between the soft tissue model and preparation so that the tissue had time to heal or shrink before the final impression.
Another area of opportunity for most general dental clinics is white fre resection, which is often underdiagnosed because many dentists do not like the procedures taught in dental schools. Standard ciliary body resections usually require suturing after removal of the cartilage attachment. In general, placement of sutures in these areas can be difficult. When you think that the patient has an average of 7 attachments, and any one of them restricts mobility or causes a decline, it can be used as an indication of cataract. Surprisingly, how many patients can benefit from laser ablation. The use of lasers for surgery has many patient benefits, including reduced or no bleeding, and seamless and relatively comfortable healing. The need to eliminate sutures greatly simplifies the procedure and makes most dentists feel comfortable. This is a win-win for both the patient and the practice. I strongly recommend that you let your health team pay attention to nearby attachments that may cause a recession.
Finally, in my opinion, the biggest reason for using diode lasers in practice is its many uses in the health sector.
Diode lasers can be used to treat periodontal disease, atypical ulcers, herpes lesions, and desensitization of teeth. They can be used at extremely low and safe power settings, enabling us to remove diseased tissue while retaining healthy tissue. At the same time, the laser will kill pathogenic bacteria for biological stimulation of periodontal pockets.
Biostimulation using diode lasers at low power levels can increase circulation, collagen formation, and fibroblast and osteoblast activity. The laser is the first tool I’ve ever seen. It actually allows us to initiate the healing process at the base of the periodontal pocket – a huge advantage over traditional therapies. The fact that lasers can remove diseased tissue, kill disease-causing bacteria, and stimulate healing, makes the laser treatment of patients much more advantageous than traditional methods.
With the increasing acceptance of diode laser dentistry, I have found that many times the health team has been leading the technology into the office. In a perfect world, dentists will have soft and hard tissue lasers in operative dental and soft tissue surgery, and diode lasers will spend most of their time in the health sector. In states where health professionals can use lasers, most doctors find that the health team uses some form or other for most patients according to their schedule. This may be as simple as strengthening measures such as preventing pre-laser bacterial reduction or long-term laser assisted periodontal treatment. Health experts may use the machine to treat a variety of ulcers or herpes lesions, desensitize teeth, and even whiten teeth. Since diode lasers can provide all the advantages for dental clinics, many dentists have begun to realize that lasers in the health sector can increase overall revenue and profits. It is not uncommon for laser dental hygienists to increase extra care while increasing the quality of patient care.
Another benefit of using lasers with your health team is grassroots, word of mouth marketing. Patients go back to work or school and tell colleagues or friends how they use lasers to treat the hygienist. Having your health team expose most patients to laser light can create more internal referral opportunities. The public sees lasers in medicine and dentistry as advanced technologies and believes clinicians use lasers as lasers at the forefront of science and provide optimal care.