BIOLASE® Waterlase®

BIOLASE® Technology designs innovative dental lasers to reduce the complexity and trauma associated with many periodontal procedures.  The drill (aka the ‘handpiece’) provokes fear in many with its noise, vibration and heat.

The Waterlase® device utilizes hydrokinetic technology to remove hard and soft tissue with laser-powered water droplets.  There is no heat, no vibrations and no noise associated with the Waterlase laser, and it is completely safe.  The FDA deemed the hydrokinetic laser safe for use on both adults and children in 1998.

The BIOLASE® Waterlase® is extremely versatile.  In Periodontics, the Waterlase® can be used to either perform or expedite many procedures especially in medically challenged / compromised patients.   For treatment of Periodontal Disease and Implantitis the Waterlase® is an effective mode of therapy  that can be effective in a number of procedures including:  

  • Subgingival (below the Gum) plaque and calculus (tarter) removal
  • Pocket decontamination
  • Frenectomy and Fiberotomy (muscle and attachment correction)
  • Soft tissue procedures -
       Gum reshaping
       Gum grafting
       Exposure of soft tissue impacted teeth for Braces
       Biopsy and removal of soft tissue abnormalities
  • Hard tissue procedures -
       Corrective bone therapy
       Bone Regeneration
       Crown lengthening surgery
       Sinus elevation
  • Implant rescue and implant decontamination

What benefits does BIOLASE® Waterlase® offer?

Waterlase® works by precisely combining atomized water and laser energy to gently remove hard and soft tissue.  This precision laser means that in most cases, there is need for only a little anesthesia.  Additionally, the laser actually sterilizes the surgical area, meaning that there is less risk of bacterial invasions or infections.  For children and fearful patients, the Waterlase® often offers a needleless, painless way to achieve the perfect smile.

Here are some reasons why using Waterlase®  is preferable to traditional periodontal therapy:

   • Pinpoint accuracy generates better results.
   • No noise, heat or unpleasant vibrations.
   • Minimal bleeding during and after procedures.
   • Adjacent teeth remain unaffected.
   • Reduced risk of post-surgical infection.
   • Reduced number of dental visits.
   • Reduced risk in treatment of medically compromised patients

How are Waterlase® procedures performed?

Though each Waterlase® procedure differs in detail, some elements remain constant.  First, protective eyewear will be provided to protect the eyes.  Second, a small Waterlase® laser will project streams of atomized water to cut into the hard or soft tissue.  The laser sterilizes as it moves, which means that in the case of soft tissue augmentation, the whole procedure can be completed in a single visit.

The Waterlase® laser increases comfort levels, reduces anxiety and reduces cost.  In addition, it is one of the least invasive, most effective tools that dentists have at their fingertips.  Waterlase® can significantly improve the health of the teeth and restore the beauty of the smile.

If you have questions about BIOLASE® Waterlase®, please ask your Periodontist.

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