WaterLase iPlus allows dentists to complete standard dental procedures far faster than if we were to use a dental drill. Some patients appreciate how convenient this solution is. As a dentist, we understand that no one wants to treat a cavity, a root canal, or any other invasive dental procedure.
However, while unpopular, these procedures are absolutely necessary for the current and future health of your teeth. The good news is that the WaterLase iPlus allows us to take care of your teeth in a way that does not cause the pressure you would feel when we use a dental drill.
What Is the Waterlase iPlus?
WaterLase iPlus is a minimally invasive dental laser with expanded and enhanced capabilities to help you give your patients the best possible experience and give your practice an opportunity for practice growth. WaterLase iPlus includes SureFire™ YSGG Delivery System, the gold standard in ergonomics and clinical precision. Plus, the powerful REPAIR periodontal and peri-implantitis protocols are available as an app from the award-winning touch-screen user interface.
Many dental offices use laser technology to make their patients more comfortable during procedures. The Waterlase iPlus is a laser that combines the elements of air and water with innovative laser technology to replace the dental drill in most treatments.
Along with removing decay in teeth, especially in hard-to-reach areas, the laser can perform up to 80 actions that include working on soft tissue and bone in the mouth. Some of the procedures this laser helps with are:
- Painless cavity fillings
- A crown lengthening that involves soft tissue
- Removing dental restorations like crowns and veneers
- Contouring or cutting the jawbone
The WaterLase iPlus is a dental tool that allows us to ablate hard tissue. It is used as an alternative to the dental drill and it is superior to the first-ever version of WaterLase. At You Smile Dental we use the WaterLase iPlus to help give our patients an anxiety-free, comfortable, and relaxing dental experience.
By eliminating the need to use a traditional dental drill, we are also eliminating the pressure that comes from using one, the heat and vibration traditionally associated with it, and the discomfort that patients tend to feel. Overall, this reduces both the physical and emotional stress that can come from having dental work completed. This method is so effective that most of our patients no longer need to have anesthesia when treating something like dental carries.
How does it work?
Laser dentistry has revolutionized the way patients receive dental treatment. TheWaterlase iPlus uses the high-tech combination of YSGG (yttrium-scandium-gallium-garnet) laser energy and water to provide a more comfortable dental experience with lasting results. The Waterlase iPlus is so precise that your doctor is able to perform restorations to the teeth, gum, and bones without causing damage to surrounding areas in the mouth.
How Long Does it Take?
How long a procedure takes is really based on what dental work is being performed. For example, a root canal is always going to take longer than treating the standard cavity. However, WaterLase iPlus makes it possible for us to complete dental procedures much faster than if we were to use traditional metal dental tools.
Additionally, since most of our patients do not need anesthesia when we use WaterLase, it is possible for us to save additional time off of the overall treatment. You can visit our dentist’s office and get back to work, school, or your busy schedule much faster.
What is the Recovery Time?
You recover much faster when your dental work is completed using WaterLase iPlus. This is because it is minimally invasive when compared to using a dental drill. Additionally, this solution comes with an innovative graphic screen that allows us to easily program the lasers to be used for the procedure. As a patient, this means that there is less time that you will need to be waiting in the dental chair because we can start the procedure faster.
WaterLase iPlus Compared with the Dental Drill
There is truly no comparison between the WaterLase iPlus and traditional dental drill. While they both can achieve some similar results, the way that they do so is entirely different, as is the recovery time. A dental drill takes longer to use, there is pressure associated with it, heat, vibration, and dental discomfort.
With this new technology, lasers are used to address the same problems in a way that does not irritate the tissue that we’re working on or the surrounding tissue. As a result, you’re going to feel better during the procedure and you’ll recover faster.
Why We Use WaterLase iPlus
In addition to ablating hard tissue during treatments for tooth decay or infections, this solution is a far more convenient way to address a large variety of oral health problems. The WaterLase iPlus also gives us the option of performing root canals in a more thorough fashion.
This unique design and innovative technology allow us to not only remove the infected area but to thoroughly clean the interior of your tooth. This will allow your tooth to recover far faster and prevent the likelihood of an infection returning. As a result, patients will report feeling better right away.
This is also an ideal treatment option for treating gum disease. Traditionally, when you suffer from gum disease it is because of plaque and tartar building up underneath the surface of the gums. This area cannot be cleaned with at-home care simply because you cannot reach underneath the gum tissue.
In order for us to clean this area of your teeth, the gums need to be pulled back so that the plaque and tartar can be scraped away using a metal dental tool. This is both uncomfortable, highly inconvenient, and will cause your gums to swell and become irritated. Fortunately, the WaterLase iPlus allows us to perform gum disease treatments in an entirely new way.
This is a modern laser dental tool that allows us to zap the plaque and tartar underneath your gums, breaking it up without having to pull away from your gum tissue. This means that your gums will not swell, become irritated, or inflamed due to the treatment and, in fact, they will actually begin to feel better quickly once the plaque and tartar have been removed. As a result, we can complete a gum disease treatment in one sitting versus the traditional four sessions that come with many deep cleanings.
Below is a noncomprehensive list of Waterlase treatments:
- All classes of cavity preparation, removal of decay and enameloplasty
- Disinfection of periodontal pockets
- Removal of subgingival calculus and cementum
- Smoothing root surfaces to promote reattachment
- Removing diseased soft tissues
- Surgical flap access (full, partial and split-thickness)
- Osseous crown-lengthening
- Osteoplasty, osteotomy, osteotomy
- Fibroma removal
- Surgical extraction of teeth
- Gingivectomy, gingivoplasty
- Implant access and preparation
- Pulpotomy, pulpectomy, root canal disinfection
- Aphthous ulcers (canker sores)
- Herpetic lesions
The Waterlase iPlus is cleared to perform over 80 procedures, which is more than any other dental laser. With an intuitive, touch-screen interface, this dental laser has 56 pre-programmed procedures that allow our dentist to provide almost instantaneous treatment. However, should patients require various specifications, our dentist can still adjust the setting of the pre-programmed procedures and create custom procedures to ensure that you receive the most comfortable, accurate, and pain-free treatment possible.
The Waterlase iPlus also includes the REPAIR Perio™ and REPAIR Implant™ systems. These allow our doctor’s easy access to site-specific or full-mouth treatments and implant sites without affecting the surrounding tissue or bone.
The Waterlase iPlus works differently than most other dental lasers. Instead of purely using laser energy, this tool adds water and air. By continually spraying water while providing laser treatment, the Waterlase iPlus™ keeps your teeth hydrated and prevents them from heating up or cracking.
Ultimately, the Waterlase iPlus is the ideal dental laser to provide minimally invasive, virtually painless, and highly effective dental care. It is also safe to use on both children and adults, and our team will work to ensure that you or your child remains comfortable throughout the treatment. We invite you to call or visit our office today to learn more about the Waterlase iPlus™ all-tissue laser.
- WaterLase iPlus Laser System with fiber-optic cable (with cover), key, foot pedal, and power cord
- SureFire YSGG Fiber Delivery System (Fiber)
- Turbo Handpiece (MD/iPlus)
- Gold Handpiece (MD/iPlus)
- (1) MX7 Tip for Turbo Handpiece (700um beam)
- (1) MX9 Tip For Turbo Handpiece (900um beam)
- Foot Pedal Switch
- Compressed Air Hose
- Water Tank
- Fiber Support
- Tip Storage (holds 2)
- Tip Remover
- Assorted laser tips
- Safety glasses with case
- Cleaning kit with tip inspection tool