With the continuing development of new lasers, there is an observable transformation of the practice of dentistry as patients’ anxieties are waning. Cavity treatment is made more efficient and comfortable without the need for anesthetics with the use of lasers. Many patients who have undergone dental laser procedures rave about their experience. Once a skeptic, a female patient went for cavity treatment, and to her surprise she did not feel the slightest of pain even with the absence of anesthesia.
The high cost of lasers and a conservative view among some dentists are constricting the market for lasers. To have a fully equipped dental office, a budget of $30,000 or less is enough, compared to a significantly higher budget of $40,000 to acquire one hard tissue laser. Dentists who are sold to the idea think that other skeptical dentists and patients will soon realize the wonders that lasers offer. If manufacturers perceive an increase in demand from patients, they will increase production which could help bring down prices. According to one dentist, peer pressure plays an important role.
Patients know what great dentistry is and they share this to their friends. Contented patients like to flaunt their captivating smiles and the dentist who made them possible. There is no denying the fact that lasers have contributed major innovations to dentistry.
The mid 1950s saw the introduction of the air turbine drill. Compared to the relatively slower belt driven drill that produces noise and vibration, it can spin to as much as 150,000 rotations per minute. For many dentists, this marked the dawn of better dental practice.
The president of the respected Academy of Laser Dentistry proudly admits that he attended the pioneer class on high speed drills. Learning how high speed drills work was a new learning experience and so, the students had to buy their individual hand pieces for the drills. Given a choice, you wouldn’t choose a Chevy over a Ferrari, he quipped.
With his first laser which he acquired in 1990, his periodontal work was made more efficient and reliable. To avoid bleeding, inflammation and stitching, the high tech device functions by cauterizing the gums and other soft tissues. Air turbine drills are still being used by most dentists because they are cautiously waiting when prices of lasers will go down. The dentist says that it would be normal for some doctors to show a seeming reluctance to newer technology.
Dental practitioners still using the drill point to the fact spending another 45,000 for a laser would be an unnecessary duplication of expenses. With the use of the laser, there is no need for anesthesia, thereby shortening visits. Minimal or no damage is done to the enamel as the laser creates a crater like hole on the tooth surface in a way that will ensure that the filling material will adhere properly to the tooth.