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    How to safely and easily remove tooth decay using a laser

    Why the Solea laser is a great choice for anesthesia-free and pain-free treatment.

    The use of lasers in dentistry continues to increase as more and more dental professionals are uncovering the numerous benefits this groundbreaking technology delivers to clinical practice, as well as the patient experience.

    At present, there are many lasers to choose from on the market, but the Solea® CO2 9.3 µm dental laser (Convergent Dental) is the first and, currently, only laser system that can cut any tissue with a single setting. The one-setting-fits-all approach works for tooth structure, bone and soft tissue, enabling any dentist to reliably deliver anesthesia-free, blood-free, suture-free and pain-free results.   

    In addition, its software is constantly being improved and expanded upon, making Solea so intuitive and easy to use that literally any dentist can become a laser dentist while providing the patient a more pleasant experience.

    Though I use my laser for many different situations, the following case shows just how safely and easily caries disease, specifically an advanced decay situation, can be removed by dentists using a laser such as Solea, and the esthetically pleasing results that follow.  

    Read more: The benefits of the Solea laser

    Case study

    A 14-year-old patient presented in the office to have a dental sealant replaced on tooth #30. The patient was in full bands and brackets due to active orthodontic treatment. Tooth #30 was evaluated prior to placing a dental sealant as requested and frank decay was noted on the occlusal surface of the tooth (Fig. 1).Fig. 1Fig. 1

    Treatment options including placing a sealant over the decay, “watching” the tooth and restoring the tooth were discussed. The best option for this high caries-risk patient was to remove the decay with the Solea CO2 9.3 µm laser and place a restoration immediately.

    Fortunately, no anesthesia was required due to utilizing the laser, so the treatment could be completed in the short time slotted for the placement of a dental sealant. The patient and parent were coached regarding laser treatment, and the tooth was prepared and restored in about 15 minutes.

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