The dental laser technology used at Wayzata Dental is Solea. The Solea dental laser has been carefully studied for its safety and effectiveness in dental procedures. It allows us to provide a superior level of care and a more comfortable experience for our patients.
Solea works differently than any laser before. Native CO2 lasers, at 10.6 µm, are only useful on soft tissue, and erbium lasers only vaporize water and slowly chip enamel away. Solea uses an oxygen-18 isotope and other modifications to emit 9.3 µm, nearing the peak absorption of hydroxyapatite. The result? The isotopic CO2 laser actually vaporizes enamel, allowing the dentist to work anywhere in the oral cavity, from any angle, with speed and ease.
Dental drills, which create vibration and make a distinctive noise, often are a prominent factor in many adults’ fear of visiting a dental office. In contrast, the Solea laser can remove dental hard tissue with minimal vibration and noise. Because of the ability to tightly focus the ablation holes, lasers also have the potential to substantially reduce the amount of tissue removed during cavity preparations, facilitating the preservation of healthy tissue.
Extensive laboratory work has led to the choice of a range of dental laser conditions that can be used to treat enamel to make it resistant to dissolution by acids in the dental caries process. With a careful choice of laser parameters that are based upon fundamental knowledge of laser/hard tissue interactions, it is possible to selectively remove carious tissue and protect the preparation from further caries progression. These studies have demonstrated that treatment of enamel by carbon dioxide laser (9.3–9.6 μm) irradiation can markedly inhibit subsequent caries progression.
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