5 Benefits of Using the Solea Laser During COVID-19

BY Dr. McDowell  |  October 9th, 2020
Dr. McDowell
Dr. McDowell has always been focused on using the latest technology to improve the patient experience. From radiation-free imaging to laser dentistry, he has always been ahead of the curve and is dedicated to improving the practice of dentistry one ..

There have always been many benefits to using a Solea laser for dental cleanings and treatments instead of traditional tools. But, during the recent COVID-19 pandemic, many of these benefits are even greater than before. Solea laser dentistry has started to prove even more effective and safer than traditional dentistry because of its benefits to both patients and the dentist performing the cleanings or treatment.

Deep cleaning teeth with two dentists and a patient in the chair.

Eliminating the Danger Bioaerosols

One of the primary dangers of a dental office is all the different bioaerosols forced into the air through the dentists’ different operations. Bioaerosols consist of airborne particles that contain living organisms such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Without anything in places to stop them, bioaerosols can easily travel several feet from their source. Other patients in the dental office, the dentists performing the treatment, and staff in the same area as patients could all breathe in these airborne particles putting them at risk of infections.

In a traditional dental office, one of the main ways that the threat of bioaerosols is contained comes from masks that the dentist wears and the spacing of chairs. Some dental offices will have separate rooms for each patient to help even more with this. But unfortunately, that doesn’t help to protect the dentist performing the treatment.

Bioaerosols & Traditional Dentistry

The traditional dental tools used for treatments and cleaning spin at high speeds and send water mixed with bioaerosols flying into the air. This spray is kept as low as possible through the use of suction and other tools. Additionally, added water is required to operate these tools. Adding that water creates even more spray from the operation. And, unfortunately, there’s no way to mitigate that spray. The only protection offered to dentists is the masks, gloves, and other personal protective equipment they have available. That equipment won’t always protect the dental professional from the bioaerosols they’re coming in contact with. Different contaminants from the patient’s mouth and any viruses they might have or be carrying are present in the aerosols. This puts those around the patient at risk.

The Solea Laser Kills Viruses and Reduces Splatter

At Wayzata Dental, we believe that the Solea Laser answers the bioaerosol problems that come with performing dental treatments. The Solea dental laser is a real solution to the health concerns caused by traditional dental tools. To better visualize the difference between laser dentistry and traditional dental tools, check out this video put together by Convergent Dental.

As you can see in this simple video, a high-speed handpiece drill causes an extreme amount of spray that is sometimes traveling more than three feet from the patient’s mouth. But, the Solea All-Tissue Laser combined with suction limits that spray to an almost nonexistent extent.

Solea Lasers also kill viruses, bacteria, and other contaminants that might be present in a patient’s mouth. While the lasers won’t be able to kill all of the contaminants present, they will offer some protection and definitely more than traditional tools. This is one of the most significant advantages associated with using a Solea dental laser even when COVID-19 has passed.

Other Benefits of the Solea Laser

Beyond just being a great mitigator of viruses, bacteria, and reducing the bioaerosols present in most dental treatments, there are lots of other benefits as well. Here are some of our favorite benefits.

Where to Find a Laser Dental Office

If you’re interested in learning more about Solea dental lasers and how they work or you’d like to find a laser dental office in your area, there are a few places you can start. Our blog offers a lot of information on laser dentistry and can help you better understand how it works and why we think it’s the best dental tool around. You can also visit Convergent Dental’s website to learn more about the Solea Laser from the office that created it.

Wayzata Dental would love to offer you a warm, welcoming, and family-friendly dental experience if you live in the Twin Cities or surrounding suburbs. We’re proud to be one of the premiere Solea Laser dental partners in Minnesota. We’ve been using this technology for years, and we’re always excited when someone new comes into our office. You can book an appointment with us online or by calling 952.473.4900. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Dr. McDowell
Dr. McDowell has always been focused on using the latest technology to improve the patient experience. From radiation-free imaging to laser dentistry, he has always been ahead of the curve and is dedicated to improving the practice of dentistry one ..

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