Studies have shown that using Solea Protect in conjunction with fluoride can be up to 6 times more effective at reducing mineral loss in tooth enamel than using fluoride alone.
Convergent Dental, the manufacturer of the Solea® All-Tissue Dental Laser, has announced the commercial launch of a new application for the Solea laser designed to help reduce mineral loss in dental enamel, protecting teeth against acid attack and caries development.
Tooth decay can affect patients of all ages and is one of the top reasons for dental appointments. The company is now helping dentists inhibit caries development with the commercial launch of Solea Protect.
This new application for the Solea laser is the result of decades of research in caries prevention using CO2 lasers, Convergent Dental states. The treatment uses the Solea laser's novel 9.3-micron wavelength to gently heat the surface of tooth enamel, removing impurities that can weaken teeth. This process is designed to create a strong, crystal-like tooth structure that is more resistant to decay. When used in combination with fluoride, Solea Protect reduces mineral loss up to 6 times more than fluoride alone.1
In a one-year clinical trial, 22% of patients who received only fluoride treatments required a caries restoration within the 12 months. Conversely, none of the patients (0%) who were treated with a combination of Solea Protect and fluoride required a restoration during the trial,2 according to the research published in 2021.
"Convergent Dental is committed to driving innovation that elevates dental practices. Preventing tooth decay benefits nearly everyone and Solea Protect gives providers easy-to-use technology that is convenient and effective for their patients," Robert L. Gershon, CEO of Convergent Dental, says in a press release. "This new application is another example of the versatility of the Solea laser and how Convergent Dental is pushing the future of dentistry forward."
The Solea laser— now with the addition of the Solea Protect treatment—is designed to enable clinicians to offer both a unique preventative treatment and an anxiety-free experience when dental restorative work is required.
Convergent Dental (convergentdental.com) is a privately owned dental equipment and technology company. Its flagship product, Solea, is the only CO2 laser to be cleared by the FDA for all-tissue indications and delivers an anesthesia-free, blood-free, suture-free experience that dentists can rely on, according to the company.3 The dental laser technology offers a different experience for both dentists and patients when compared to traditional instruments or any earlier laser treatment. Solea is said to enable clinicians to elevate their practices through better efficiency, improved patient experiences, clinical effectiveness, and procedural expansion.4