I Love Lasers!!

June 2, 2014

Lasers are so cool!!  I just finished treating a 14 year old girl who had a very large area of decay that would typically require a significant amount of Novocain and drilling, however, our office recently upgraded to Solea lasers which in a large majority of cases makes the need for Novocain and drilling a thing of the past.  I love it!!  The key benefits I’ve experienced using the Solea laser are: 

  • It’s pain free
  • It’s faster because it’s designed to cut through the tooth structure (this means less time in the chair)
  • There’s no sound, no drilling noise and no tapping (as in early generation lasers)

So if you’d prefer to skip the shot and the drilling ask your dentist if they use are practicing with a Solea laser (FYI…I’m not compensated in any way to recommend a Solea laser, in fact the investment is significant, approximately $90K per laser plus the training time required, but Solea is the best laser that I’ve experienced using).   Please feel free to post any questions.

Blair Bittner, DDS, is a family dentist who has treated many patients with oral health problems throughout Southern California. When most people think about dental health, they imagine common issues like cavities and toothaches. However, oral care services provided by professionals like Blair Bittner may help prevent a much wider range of problems, according to the latest research.

Scientists have documented links between gum disease and life-threatening problems like diabetes and heart disease. Medical research has also demonstrated connections between the bacteria responsible for gingivitis and Alzheimer’s. Such intersections between seemingly disparate conditions led a professor at the University of Birmingham to suggest that treating gum disease may help combat some of the most costly and devastating illnesses in the world.

For instance, cardiac conditions cost Americans nearly $109 billion annually, and diabetes costs more than twice as much. A recent study performed by Steve Engebreston of the New York University College of Dentistry concluded that treating gum disease lowers blood sugar. Researchers have only just begun to delve into the interactions between oral health and heart disease.