What does it mean for you?
Heat, vibration and pressure are what make dental drills hurt. Waterlase Dentistry works without heat, vibration or pressure, and can replace the drill for many dental procedures. Waterlase Dentistry uses a gentle combination of laser energy and water that works without ever touching your teeth. That means we can use fewer shots and less anesthetic in many cases. The laser works on both teeth and gums. It can even be used for oral surgery on the bone around teeth.
The Waterlase® laser is extremely versatile. It can be used for a wide range of hard and soft tissue procedures - from decay removal, cavity preparation, root canals, smile design, gum and bone surgical procedures and many others. We have invested in the ultimate in dental laser technology, the Waterlase™ from BIOLASE Technology, and Dr.Holt has also received special training in Waterlase Dentistry from the World Clinical Laser Institute, the world's largest dental laser education organization.
No one likes to leave the dentist's office with a numb lip. If your laser procedure can be done without anesthetic, you'll be able to avoid this uncomfortable side effect.
The Waterlase® laser lets us work on your teeth and gums with unprecedented accuracy. Without the heat and vibration of a drill, the laser can precisely remove decay without affecting surrounding healthy tissue. Drills can sometimes nick a tooth next to where decay is being removed. Not the laser. Because it works so precisely, the dentist may use magnifying loupes or even a microscope while working.
Since many procedures can be done without anesthetic, we can eliminate the time it takes to give shots and wait for numbing to occur. So you can get in and out of the dentist's chair faster. Giving fewer shots and less local anesthetic also allows the dentist to work on more cavities at once, since dentists usually avoid numbing more than one area of the mouth at one time.
The dentist may use the Waterlase laser to prepare your gums around a tooth that requires a crown, or to fix a cavity or tooth fracture below the gumline, or to reshape your gums to improve the appearance of your smile. The laser energy of the Waterlase® laser cuts gums precisely, because it only affects tissue on gums. Waterlase laser energy is attracted to water, so it "seals" blood vessels, reducing or completely eliminating bleeding during these procedures.
Doctors have used lasers for years to provide better care for their patients - in LASIK vision correction, for removing skin blemishes, and in all kinds of surgery. Now, thanks to your dentist, you can benefit from advanced laser technology for your dental care, with Waterlase Dentistry.
Your dentist has chosen to invest in Waterlase to provide you with the highest standard of dental care. Here are some of the benefits you will experience with Waterlase.
Waterlase Dentistry uses laser energy and a gentle spray of water to perform a wide range of dental procedures - without the heat, vibration and pressure associated with the dental drill. With many procedures, it's possible to use less anesthetic, and often no anesthetic at all.
Your Waterlase Dentist can often get you in and out of the dentist chair faster, since it's less likely that you'll need an injection - research shows that the vast majority of patients don't. It's nice to avoid that shot, isn't it? Not using anesthetic can allow your dentist to perform procedures that used to require more than one visit in a single appointment. Also, a Waterlase Dentist can perform procedures that once meant an additional trip to a specialist, saving you even more time.
A Waterlase Dentist can remove decay far more precisely than a dentist using a drill. This saves more of the healthy parts of your tooth. Saving your natural teeth can save you from the discomfort and cost of bridges, dentures and implants.
Waterlase® cavity preparations can increase bond strength of tooth-colored restoration resulting in longer lasting fillings.
Due to its conservative, gentle cutting action and coagulating capabilities, the Waterlase® performs many procedures on the gums with little or no bleeding and less post-op swelling.
Waterlase Dentistry is one of the most advanced dental technologies available today. It was developed by BIOLASE Technology, the leader in dental lasers.
A Waterlase laser creates special, highly concentrated light energy, and sends it through an optical fiber to its handpiece. Your dentist uses the handpiece to aim the laser energy at precisely the areas to be treated. Some laser systems combine the laser energy with a gentle spray of water.
Waterlase Dentistry was developed specifically to repair decayed and damaged teeth, and treat gum and other soft tissue in the mouth safely and comfortably. It can be harmful to eyes, however, so anyone in the treatment room when the laser is being used must wear special protective glasses.
Your dentist's Waterlase® laser system combines laser energy and a spray of water in a patented technology called Hydrophotonics™ to perform a wide range of dental procedures on teeth, gum and bone more comfortably.
If the dentist uses the Waterlase MD, C100 or earlier Waterlase hard and soft tissue lasers:
Waterlase Dentistry can be used for many types of dental restorations, including:
Tooth enamel is the hardest material in the human body. No wonder dentists have always resorted to tough tools like the high-speed drill to work on it. Waterlase Dentistry™ is a gentler way to prepare restorations. From the moment then dentist begins to work with Waterlase Dentistry, the patient will feel the difference!
If the dentist uses the Waterlase MD, C100 or earlier Waterlase all-tissue lasers, or the ezlase, Diolase Plus or LaserSmile soft tissue lasers:
We may use Waterlase Dentistry laser to treat gums or any other soft tissue in the mouth to:
We may suggest contouring or shaping a patient's gums using Waterlase Dentistry to improve the appearance of their smile - safely removing excess gum tissue that may give them a "gummy" smile, or make their front teeth appear irregular in size or shape.
We may use Waterlase Dentistry to remove growths or excess tissue in a patient's mouth including gum tissue over an unerupted tooth, small "tags" called papilla, and growths called fibromas.
Connections that restrict the movement of a patient's tongue or cause their gums to recede can be "released" with Waterlase Dentistry.
Waterlase Dentistry can be used to remove debris and bacteria between a patient's teeth and gums that can cause bleeding gums, gum recession and even loss of teeth. Waterlase Dentistry has been shown to reduce bacteria and may even stimulate gum tissue growth.
Waterlase Dentistry often provides immediate relief from painful cold sores and fever blisters. We may also use a Waterlase laser to perform other procedures not listed here. The dentist can provide you with the information you need to inform patients about these procedures
Learn more about the amazing benefits of Waterlase Dentistry at www.waterlasedentistry.com
The dramatic benefits that Waterlase Dentistry™ offers your patients give you a powerful way to set your practice apart from others, attract new patients, and grow your practice.
The single most effective way to let more people know that your practice offers Waterlase Dentistry™ is through word of mouth.
A research study shows that 97% of patients who were treated with Waterlase would recommend it to their family and friends. So your current patients can be a valuable marketing tool and a powerful source of new patients. By helping them share their Waterlase experience with family and friends, you can generate word of mouth that will consistently and continually generate new referrals. A personal recommendation holds significant weight when someone is looking for a dentist.
Most people aren't even aware of Waterlase Dentistry™ or any lasers in dentistry, even though lasers are used and expected in nearly every other area of healthcare - from ophthalmology and dermatology to surgery. Patients still don't think about lasers in dentistry. So you need to take a few steps to make sure they are excited and knowledgeable about the benefits of Waterlase Dentistry, so that they in turn can pass the word along to others.
You need to get them excited about their treatment!
Make sure they understand the benefits they're enjoying with Waterlase Dentistry™ compared to conventional treatment. And, while you're at it, give them a brochure or postcard to take away, that they can pass along to a family member or friend.
Take advantage of these key opportunities to reinforce the Waterlase Dentistry experience for patients, so they not only have a greater appreciation for the treatment you provide them, but they're also more likely to immediately tell others about it.
The first opportunity is the earliest contact you have with patients, when they call or arrive at your office. Your RECEPTIONIST, PATIENT COORDINATOR or OFFICE MANAGER should inform your patients that the office is now providing Waterlase Dentistry, so that they can expect a more comfortable, stress-free experience. For example:
RECEPTIONIST: "Did you know that Dr. Goodman now offers Waterlase Dentistry? He can now do many procedures without anesthetic, so if you may be able to avoid receiving an injection or having a numb lip.
The receptionist can tailor the message to a particular patient, the reason for their visit, and the type of practice that you have. If you are a pediatric practice, let parents and patients know the benefits that the laser has for children: Avoiding scary needles and injections, numb lips and the chance of accidently biting numb lips. If your practice performs soft tissue procedures, let the patient know those benefits: Less discomfort and bleeding during the procedure, few or no sutures, and less swelling and discomfort after the procedure.
The second opportunity is the DENTAL ASSISTANT. As a patient is being prepared in the chair, the assistant can be the first to point out the Waterlase® system to the patient, and briefly demonstrate its features:
DENTAL ASSISTANT: "Did you know that Dr. Brown is one of the first dentists in the country to offer Waterlase Dentistry? That high-tech looking machine there is the Waterlase® system. It is state-of-the-art and the most technologically advanced dental laser in the industry.
Explain to patients how the Waterlase works... that the laser uses light and water to remove decay. Let them know the main reasons drilling can cause discomfort are heat, vibration and pressure. Explain that Waterlase technology works without heat, vibration and pressure, that it's more precise and in many cases can be used with little or no anesthetic for a more comfortable experience.
This will both put the patient at ease and interest them in their laser experience.
Number three is the DENTIST. A successful Waterlase Dentistry treatment is a perfect opportunity for the dentist to open the door for a referral. It's easier than you think, and it's a natural next step when using new technology in your practice. By asking the patient a series of simple questions about their experience, your patient will come to the conclusion on their own:
DENTIST: "How did you enjoy your laser experience?" "Did you notice the difference between Waterlase Dentistry and conventional dentistry?" "Would you recommend that your friends and family come see us, and enjoy the same experience?"
Let them know that by making you more efficient, Waterlase Dentistry has allowed room in your practice for new patients. By discussing this with each patient, you let them know that their family and friends are welcome, and will be treated with the same level of comfort and clinical excellence.
Make sure your patients are excited about their laser experience, and you are almost sure to get new referrals.