Since 2009 Dr. Gross has been one of a limited number of dentists trained in and practicing Laser Dentistry in Portland. The dental laser Dr. Gross uses is the Lares Dental PowerLase AT/HT.
Benefits of Laser Use:
The rapid recent growth in the utilization of lasers by the American dental community is the result of dentist’s awareness and acceptance of an overwhelming number of laser benefits to the patient, the dentist and the practice. Journal articles, respected clinician speakers and word of mouth have all served to spread the good news. What are these benefits?
In the end, dentistry is all about the patient and so for a new technology to gain rapid and widespread acceptance, the patient must benefit. Here’s how patients benefit from laser usage:
Fear of needles: The best performing dental lasers can be used to perform almost all common cavity preparation procedures without the need for patient anesthesia. Patients don’t like injections, even when they don’t hurt!
Dislike of numbness: Patients prefer not to become numb or leave the dental practice after a procedure numb. And, many patients feel anxious from physiological reactions to commonly used anesthetics. A high performance dental laser eliminates this negative.
Dislike of drill noise and vibration: High-speed hand piece cavity preparation involves significant objectionable noise and vibration for the patient and they dislike it. The sound of a laser is not objectionable and no vibration is transmitted to the patient as the tip of the laser never even needs to contact the tooth!
One stop shopping- General dentists find that ownership of a good quality laser with soft tissue surgery capability allows them to perform many more soft tissue procedures more simply, with little or no bleeding post operative due to a laser’s ability to coagulate as it cuts. This means referring their patients less to specialists. Patients prefer to have their dental procedures performed by the general dentist they know and trust and dislike referral to a strange specialist. Add to this that many soft tissue laser procedures can be performed without anesthetic and dislike of needles and numbness comes into play again.
Preservation of healthy tooth structure: In general cavity preparations performed with lasers preserve more healthy tooth structure while avoiding the micro-cracking of healthy enamel associated with dental hand piece use.
Less post operative discomfort: Many laser procedures result in less post operative discomfort for the patient.
Better Overall Care- Equipped with laser technology, the dentist is armed with more and better treatment options than without a laser, resulting in delivery of the very best, state of the art care possible for the patient.
The positive impact of these benefits on how patients perceive their dentist and their dental care experience is dramatic.