What’s So Good About It When treating sub-gingival caries and there is bleeding, it is convenient to use the same tool to expose the margin and prepare the cavity. The change of setting from soft to hard tissue is only a touch of a button. Such procedures used to require two separate appointments, so the Waterlase cuts down on treatment time. Unlike a scalpel, it causes little bleeding and work that would have been done across multiple visits may be completed in one appointment. Some patients that hate “the drill” have given positive feedback after being operated on with the Waterlase. It is also useful when working on patients with a disproportion between the soft tissue and the length of their teeth. Usually these people visit the clinic and ask for a gum lift.
What’s Not So Good It is expensive to purchase and you need training before using it. Laser dentistry is still in its early days and needs much more research before it can replace conventional dentistry. The classic tools, like a hand piece and a scalpel, still work extremely well .