Tools of the trade: Gemini laser

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by Dr Rouel Vergara, New Leaf Dentists, Erina, NSW

Over the past five years, I’ve used a number of different laser systems for my soft tissue work. I mainly use them for gingivectomies, frenectomies and any cosmetic work where I need to have haemostasis. The Gemini laser is one of the best lasers I’ve ever used.

What’s good about it

The Gemini laser utilises dual-wavelength technology that provides quick, easy and effective cutting on soft tissue. It creates a clean cut without burnt edges.

It’s effectively a foolproof system as there are a large number of preset features. The presets cover most procedures, taking out all the guesswork and eliminating errors. It’s also possible to manually adjust the power or wattage to fine-tune the laser for individual cases. The end of the laser provides illumination that gives a very clear field of view to the surgical site.

Not only is the Gemini an effective laser but it’s also beautifully designed. Patients often comment on its futuristic look and ask questions about it. It also has audio prompts and it’s quite amusing when a patient reacts to a sexy voice announcing procedures such as ‘gingivectomy’, ‘frenectomy’, etc.

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What’s not so good

The Gemini is a bit more expensive compared to other soft tissue lasers but once you start using it, the benefits outweigh the price. There’s also a consumable expense as the tips of the laser are a single-use item, disposed after each patient. As we run a high level of infection control in my practice, I am more than happy to bear the added cost.

Where did you get it

Ultradent

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