There are plenty of ways that dental technology can improve your practice and patient experience. Today, let’s focus on the dental laser and what having one in your practice can mean for the dentist, team, and patient.
Here are three benefits a laser can provide.
An improved patient experience
There are many reasons why patients don’t go to the dentist or return for regular scheduled maintenance visits. Primarily, it is their fear of the shot and dislike of the sound and vibration of the dental drill. No matter how good you think you are at administering anesthesia, patients do not like the needle or the long-lasting numbing effects. Imagine if you could treat a cavity and not give a shot or use a drill and the patient felt nothing! Would that change the patient’s dental experience? When patients have this positive laser dentistry experience, things dramatically change because their underlying fear is gone. They will become compliant in hygiene, accept suggested care options, and happily refer friends and family. Imagine the impact this can have on your bottom line.
Lasers are used to ablate tooth structure, bone, and soft tissue. It does not get more comprehensive than that!
Let’s take a look at the short list of the clinical benefits of lasers over cold steel.
Less invasive: Lasers can be more conservative than traditional modalities when you use the least amount of power possible to achieve the clinical objective. When this rule is followed, laser dentistry is truly microdentistry, and with soft tissues, sometimes there are only a few microns of edema! This allows you to do much more with topical anesthesia than you thought possible. In addition, patients not only heal faster, but the postoperative discomfort is almost nonexistent.
Inflammation reduction and healing: This is accomplished by photobiomodulation properties that lasers have on cells at a molecular level. In numerous studies, light energy has been shown to elicit biological responses in the cell that normalize cell function, aid in tissue repair, and release neurotransmitters. Laser light energy can also reduce pain and increase local blood circulation.
Improved hemostasis: The laser is so selective that there is rarely any bleeding, and, if there is, it is usually very minimal and quite easy to control.
Want to learn more about what a laser can mean for you and your business? Check out this article by Fortune Management’s Director of Laser Mastery, Nick Clausen.