Laser dentistry, also known as laser-assisted dentistry, is a dental practice that utilizes laser technology for various dental procedures. This innovative approach offers several benefits for both dentists and patients.
We at Watsonville Dental Wellness Center want to give you the best experience possible. Part of that includes using the best technology to give you a more confident diagnosis and easier treatment.
What is a Fotana LightWalker Laser?
Fotona’s laser technology is known for its precision, versatility, and effectiveness in various dental applications.
Fotona lasers are often used in dental practices for a wide range of procedures, including:
- Soft Tissue Procedures: Fotona lasers can be used for precise soft tissue surgeries, such as gum contouring, frenectomy, and treatment of gum disease (periodontal therapy). They provide excellent precision and minimize discomfort for patients.
- Hard Tissue Procedures: These lasers can be used for cavity preparation, removing tooth decay, and etching tooth surfaces for dental bonding. They are known for their precision and the ability to minimize damage to healthy tooth structure.
- Teeth Whitening: Fotona lasers are also used for teeth whitening procedures. The laser activates a whitening agent, which can help achieve brighter and whiter teeth.
- Endodontic Procedures: In endodontics, Fotona lasers can be used for disinfection of root canals and to remove infected tissue during root canal treatment.
- Pain Relief and Healing: Fotona lasers can be used for pain management and to promote tissue healing. They can help alleviate pain from conditions like temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) and accelerate healing after oral surgeries.
- Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment: Some Fotona laser systems are used for non-surgical treatment of snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea by tightening the tissues in the throat.
How does a Fotana LightWalker Laser work?
These lasers use specific wavelengths of light to interact with and treat various tissues in the oral cavity. Here’s a general overview of how Fotona lasers work:
- Generation of Laser Light: Fotona lasers produce highly focused and concentrated light energy. This light energy is generated by exciting certain atoms or molecules within the laser medium. Fotona lasers often use solid-state or crystal-based laser mediums.
- Wavelength Selection: Different Fotona laser systems are designed to emit laser light at specific wavelengths. The choice of wavelength depends on the intended application. For example, lasers used for soft tissue procedures may have different wavelengths than those used for hard tissue applications.
- Delivery System: The laser light is delivered through a fiber-optic delivery system or a handpiece attached to the laser unit. The handpiece may have various tips or accessories to suit different procedures.
- Tissue Interaction: When the laser light contacts tissue, it interacts with the tissue at a cellular level. The laser energy is absorbed by the target tissue, leading to various effects depending on the wavelength and power settings:
- Cutting and Ablation: Fotona lasers can precisely cut or ablate soft and hard tissues. The energy is absorbed by water and other tissue components, causing the tissue to vaporize or ablate.
- Coagulation: Fotona lasers can coagulate blood vessels and tissues, reducing bleeding during procedures.
- Stimulation: In some cases, low-level laser therapy (LLLT) with Fotona lasers can stimulate tissue healing and reduce pain.
- Activation: In teeth whitening procedures, Fotona lasers can activate the whitening agent to accelerate the process.
- Control and Precision: Fotona lasers are known for their precision and control. They can be adjusted for different power levels and pulse durations, allowing dentists to tailor the treatment to the specific needs of the patient and procedure.
- Safety Measures: Fotona lasers often incorporate safety features, such as cooling systems, to protect surrounding tissues from excessive heat and damage.
- Patient Comfort: Fotona lasers are designed to minimize discomfort for patients. They often result in less pain, swelling, and post-operative discomfort compared to traditional dental tools.
What are the benifits of the Fotana LightWalker Laser?
- Less discomfort during treatment
- Faster healing time
- Reduced post op pain and swelling
- Fewer post surgical complications
- Less trauma surrounding dental tissue
- Less invasive
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