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Posted 23/07/2019 in Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dentistry – Are Lasers Becoming the Gold Standard?

Pediatric Dentistry – Are Lasers Becoming the Gold Standard?


By BIOLASE

If you’re a pediatric dentist or a general dentist who treats children, you may be hearing more and more about the personal, professional, and practice-wide benefits of lasers. The current landscape suggests that laser technology is becoming the gold standard in pediatric dentistry. As the range of capabilities for laser devices expands, savvy dentists are catching on to their efficiency and ease-of-use. Beyond that, lasers provide a level of increased patient comfort that makes them ideal for use in pediatric practices.

Dental lasers can play a key role in the treatment and management of multiple pediatric conditions, reducing the need for local anesthetics and greatly reducing bleeding during soft tissue procedures. Evidence even suggests that light energy at the appropriate wavelength and power density has the ability to enhance healing. Laser soft tissue applications include maxillary and lingual frenotomies, frenectomies, operculectomies, exposure of teeth for ortho, gingival contouring, gingivectomies, removal of mucosal lesions, biopsies, and treatment of aphthous ulcers and herpetic lesions.

When it comes to working with hard-tissue, lasers can remove caries effectively with minimal involvement of healthy tooth structure. Hard-tissue and all-tissue lasers are used successfully for removal of caries and preparation of teeth for restorative procedures in pediatric settings. They’re also used for sealants, indirect and direct pulp capping, pulpotomy, and root canal disinfection.

In addition, lasers eliminate the vibrating effects of the traditional drill, creating a more comfortable and less scary dental chair experience. Getting rid of that loud chatter and vibration removes much of the discomfort and anxiety experienced by your patients — whether they’re children or adults.

Quality lasers are affordable because of their expanded capabilities and time saving. You benefit from less stress, less burnout, less fatigue, and more fun doing that thing you do, and your patient benefits from a less invasive and more gentle experience.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recognizes the judicious use of lasers as a beneficial instrument in providing dental restorative and soft tissue procedures for infants, children, and adolescents, including those with special health care needs.




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Also recommended: Provide patients with an "Epic Laser Clean" before the regular "scale and polish." This way underlying infections and bacteria in the pockets around teeth get decontaminated prior to the mechanical cleaning process.




Creating Sustainable Pediatric Practice Success with Waterlase (brochure)

Five Reasons You Should Add Pediatric Laser Dentistry to Your Practice (white paper)

“The Advantages and Applications of Lasers for Pediatric Dentistry” by Dr. Rishita Jaju (white paper)

“Infant Laser-Assisted Lingual Frentomy” by Dr. Linda Murzyn-Dantzer (white paper)

“A How-To Presentation for Using Lasers in Pediatrics” by Dr. Amy Ludeman (webinar)

Deciduous Pulpotomy with Waterlase (animation)

Deciduous Pulp Cap with Waterlase (animation)

Deciduous Class 1 with Waterlase (animation)

Deciduous Class 2 with Waterlase (animation)

Lingual Frenectomy with Waterlase (animation)

Maxillary Frenectomy with Waterlase (animation)