by Dr Gita Mazaheri, Artful Dentistry, Charnwood, ACT
This laser can be used for a variety of surgical procedures but I tend to use it for just a couple of specific situations. Even though I don’t use it all the time, it’s nice to have it on hand when I need it.
What’s good about it
I use this laser when placing a crown and I need to do a gingivectomy to get a better impression. It’s specifically designed for frenectomies and to create a clean margin for veneers, though I haven’t used it for that.
It comes with different coloured disposable tips for different treatments. I use the green tip when doing root canals. During irrigation, the laser activates the irrigation materials down to the root tip.
The orange tip is for gingivectomies and crown prep, but the purple tip can be used too. If the gum is inflamed, has too much bleeding or too much coverage, it can be removed without anaesthetic and the patient won’t feel any pain.
Another great thing about this laser is that it stays relatively cool while cutting so there is virtually no trauma to surrounding tissue. The Picasso cuts fast, causes minimal bleeding and is painless.
What’s not so good
It’s expensive to purchase and the disposable tips are also pretty expensive. You need a licence to use it—I had to answer a lot of online questions and complete a number of questionnaires to get my licence. Now I believe you have to complete a course before becoming licenced.