The best way to start something new is by starting small. Diode lasers are taking dentistry by storm with innovative technology to provide more efficient dental service. If you are new to soft tissue lasers, here are 4 simple procedures any oral professional can try in their practice today.
Traditionally the scalpel or a tissue punch have been utilized in clearing the soft tissue to gain access to the bone or implant. Issues with this include excessive bleeding or postoperative sensitivity. Instead of turning to more expensive options like the COD or ND:YAG lasers, the diode laser is able to modify the soft tissue in and around the implant without affecting the bone. In addition, the diode laser has a smaller depth zone of necrosis being only 3 to 5 cells deep while an Electrosurg goes 300 to 500 cells deep. Overall, procedures using a Diode laser yield less tissue charring due to the lower amount of cells affected.
Soft tissue diode lasers are most commonly used in gingivectomy procedures. With an 810nm diode laser on continuous mode, the gingiva can be sculpted precisely for restorative, cosmetic or peridontal reasons. Hemoglobin, melanin, pigmentation, and water are all absorbed by the energy from the laser. This leaves dentin, enamel, and titanium unaffected which makes the diode laser the perfect tool for this procedure.
Besides gingival contouring, troughing is one of the most common soft-tissue procedures with the diode laser. For restorative and reconstructive dentistry, getting adequate exposure of crown margins is key in the procedure. Diode lasers may not require local or topical anesthesia and are able to reduce additional swelling and discomfort from the procedure. Results have shown that there is less recession following the troughing procedure. In addition, unlike electrosurgery, diode lasers are safe around implants.
Typically found in oral cavity areas such as the lateral border of the tongue, lower labial mucosa and on occasion the gingiva, these lesions are often marked as smooth, firm nodule. Fibroma removal can be very simple when using a diode laser. Given the minimally invasive nature of the laser and ideal precision when cutting, there is less collateral damage caused to surrounding tissue for fibroma removal.
Create hemostasis to take a perfect impression, work around implants and much more when using the best technology. Isn’t it time to provide an innovative solution for better patient care by trying out soft tissue diode lasers? All it takes is a small step to make big changes.