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Waterlase | Breakthrough Painfree Laser Dentistry

Schwan Dental | Painless Dentistry through WaterlaseSchwan Dental | Waterlase LogoA Breakthrough Technology offering Painfree Dentristy

How would you like state of the art LASER dentistry without drills or needles?

Needles. Novocaine. Bleeding. Pain. That drill sound. (Even dentists hate that sound.) Are these reasons that you avoid the dentist? Well, you don’t have to avoid us anymore thanks to the advancements in dental technology that have given us Waterlase Dentistry.

So what exactly is Waterlase Dentistry anyway?

waterlase_infogramWaterlase is a safe, gentle alternative to traditional dental tools. Using air, a laser and water spray, Waterlase can perform many routine procedures without shots, drills and with minimal anesthesia. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1998, it is completely safe for the elderly, pregnant women, and even infants.

Because of the precise nature of Waterlase, bleeding, pain, and swelling are reduced as well as the need for post-operative pain medication. All of this conserves more of the valuable tooth structure, helping you maintain your natural teeth longer. It’s flat out a better way to get your dentistry done and it could be right for you!

The Technology behind Waterlase®

This new Waterlase® is a breakthrough in comfortable dentistry. The WaterLase laser system combines laser energy and a gentle spray of water to gently cut teeth, gums and even bone without heat, vibration or pressure – all of the things that make the drill hurt. The only sound that patients hear is a gentle popping noise, removing much of the anxiety from the experience of being in the dentist’s chair. The WaterLase system’s laser handpiece never touches the tooth as it removes dental decay, eliminating the grinding and heat associated with the drill, along with the pain triggered by nerves reacting to heat and vibration. Dr. Schwan Dental | Waterlase DentistryThe laser also helps preserve teeth by eliminating vibrations that can create microscopic cracks and fissures in the surrounding healthy tooth surface. The laser sprays a computer-controlled spray of air, water and laser energy at the decay in the tooth. The laser energy is absorbed by the water and the energized microscopic water droplets are what actually remove the tooth decay. Rarely is a shot necessary to numb the patient. Since no heat is generated from the laser the Waterlase® is very safe to use on everyone.

The Many Benefits of Waterlase

  • 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 with fewer shots, less need for anesthesia, less use of the drill and fewer numb lips! The Waterlase® allows us to prepare teeth with less trauma which results in significantly less tooth sensitivity after new fillings. Additionally, using the Waterlase® for gum procedures reduces bleeding, post-operative pain, swelling and the need for pain medication in many cases. That means a new level of comfort and satisfaction for your entire family.
  • The laser sterilizes the tooth as it removes decay. This is very important. Because of bacterial contamination, many of you have had to have old fillings replaced with either new fillings, or in many cases, with crowns—and sometimes even root canals!! The reoccurrence of decay under fillings is a primary reason so many root canals are needed. Since this new laser sterilizes the tooth as it removes decay, and since many dentists now use ‘bonded’ filling materials enriched with fluoride, the chances of ever having recurrent decay under that new filling are much lower.
  • The Waterlase® is great for anyone typically anxious about visiting their dentist. Sure, if the dentist is very good, shots should not really be painful. But KNOWING you’re getting a shot causes anxiety even if you can’t feel the needle. By not getting a shot, not feeling the vibration of the drill, and by hearing the loud drill, especially kids don’t become afraid of the dentist and so won’t grow up to be adults who avoid visiting their dentist.

By incorporating laser technology into our dental practice we are changing dentistry. It is no longer yesterday’s world of painful shots, large silver mercury fillings, and fearful patients. Lasers have improved the lives of patients and their dentists. Technology is something that makes life better. Better in this case, is better clinical results, improved patient comfort, less use of anesthesia and antibiotics. If you’ve been putting off going to the dentist because you were nervous about the drill and needle, you don’t have to put it off any longer.

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