Laser dentistry

From being used successfully in the USA and Germany for many years, they are now becoming more widespread in New Zealand. At Otahuhu Dental Care we have had a Waterlase™ dental laser for the past several years, however we have recently upgraded to the Waterlase MD™ and also incorporated the Ezlase ™ soft tissue laser into our practice.

Laser dentistry has the following advantages:

  • It can induce anaesthesia in the tooth so many restorations can be completed without local anaesthetics.
  • The sound is a “popping” rather than the usual whine of a fast-speed drill.
  • Procedures that once took several appointments to complete, such as multiple fillings, can now be finished in just one visit.
  • Treatment can be more comfortable as there is no vibration.
  • Preventative dentistry can be more effective as smaller restorations can be prepared.
  • Tissue healing is faster and often occurs without swelling and with reduced post-operative pain.

Waterlase uses a unique combination of laser energy and water to provide gentler, more precise treatment that conserves healthy tooth structure, and minimizes pain and discomfort.

Uses of Dental Lasers:

  • To create a better gum line around natural teeth, crowns and veneers.
  • To remove lesions in the mouth, such as polyps, without needing to be referred to hospital.
  • To remove overgrowths of gum around teeth.
  • To promote the healing of ulcers and cold sores.
  • To whiten teeth using a specialised whitening gel.
  • To disinfect the tissues in dental pockets and promote healing and bone regrowth.
  • To sterilise the bacteria in root canals during root treatments and increase healing.