We all have gone to school to learn how to prepare teeth and treat periodontal pockets in the best possible way. We all have followed what has been taught to us throughout the ages at the dental schools. Today we should ask ourselves if our schools are keeping up to the times and changing needs. Are we learning and practicing the new techniques that are available to modern dentistry? Everything that we have learned up to now involves taking steel, be it a burr or curette, and treating teeth or gums in a certain way to get the desired result.
Through the years that I have been practicing, new technologies have been brought into traditional medicine. Look at eye surgeries that now involve lasers and arthroscopic surgery. It is not what it was years ago. Has dentistry kept up to provide our patients with the most up-to-date dental technologies of today? This is where we should consider the use of dental lasers in treatment.
Most likely, you have heard about lasers. They have been spoken about and you have read about them. Are you using them in your practice today? If not, why? We already know that dental lasers provide a minimally invasive way to treat the oral cavity. Lasers are not just a surgical tool; in fact, they are the means of treating caries and periodontal disease by dealing with bacteria, the source of infection.
Lasers can be used to remove bacteria from periodontal pockets better and faster than most antibiotics and other antimicrobial agents placed into the pocket. Do you know that surgery completed with a laser is more effective and also provides a quicker healing response and minimal reduction in the inflammatory response? Due to use of laser therapy dental caries can be treated at its initial stages.
These are the things that we expect from the physicians, and our patients expect to receive top-notch care from us. Think about using hard and soft tissue lasers in your practice. Many research studies show that lasers are very effective in providing the best dentistry for your patients. At Dental Technology Institute, we are committed to making sure that you and your team is properly trained to provide high-tech services to your patients.
Dr. Brad Labrecque has actively used lasers in his practice for over 20 years focusing on minimally invasive dentistry. He was one of the first dentists in Canada to incorporate the WaterLase in private practice. Dr. Labrecque is a founding member of the World Congress of Microdentistry. He lectures and trains clinicians worldwide on laser- assisted dentistry.