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Stress free gentle Waterlase laser filings for children

Stress free gentle Waterlase laser filings for children
Harpenden Dentist - Wayside Dental Practice
10, Mar 2023

We have been using dental lasers for over 20 years and now have three Waterlase lasers which we use for hard and soft tissue procedures. Waterlase dentistry is one of the most advanced dental treatments available today and uses a patented technology that combines focused light with a stream of water to gently cut through hard and soft tissues. The light energy also encourages healing and reduces inflammation. Waterlase lasers are used at Wayside in most dental treatments from fillings to dental implants, from gum treatments to tooth extractions.


How does it work?

Enamel is the hardest substance in the human body which is why dentists use high speed drills. The Waterlase dental laser uses a wavelength of light that (miraculously!) is absorbed the water and hydroxyapatite which is found in enamel, dentine and bone. When the laser energy is absorbed, it energises and excites the tissue and causes micro explosions in the water, which in turn ablates or removes the target tissue.  It does this without the heat damage or micro- fractures caused by a traditional drill. And also, without the vibrations or the noise of a high-speed drill. The only sound is of water spray and popping corn.

Why is it good for children’s fillings?

  • Laser fillings preserve more of the tooth’s structure as they are extremely precise- they only remove the decayed tissue.
  • The laser doesn’t cause micro-fractures or heat damage so again preserves the tooth.
  • Adult teeth hopefully last a lifetime, so it is vital to keep as much of the tooth tissue as possible.
  • They aren’t scary as the only noise is of popping and water and there is no vibration.
  • The laser light is anti-bacterial so will kill any residual bacteria caused by the decay.
  • It can usually be used for all children’s fillings, which isn’t the case for adults.
  • It is very quick!

How do they help healing?

There are now many studies showing how laser light encourages healing and tissue (including bone) regeneration, and reduces inflammation. The action is called Photobiomodulation. In simple terms, the light energy unblocks the entrance to the damaged cell so it can get in and recharge its battery and even give it a bit extra. It also acts like the most popular person at a party as it attracts other healing cells to wherever it is applied. So, using the Waterlase in dental procedures will mean there is less, if any, post operative pain too.

Contact us to find out more  about how Waterlase Dentistry can help you.