Why did we get a new laser?
By Richard Baxter, DMD, MS
Dr. Baxter of Shelby Pediatric Dentistry was looking for the best laser to perform labial and lingual frenectomies (tongue- and lip-ties revision procedures) at his pediatric dental office. There are a lot of conflicting opinions from dentists and laser manufactures about soft tissue laser dentistry. Find out what Dr. Baxter’s experience was and why after extensive research Dr. Baxter chose the LightScalpel CO2 laser over other dental lasers like diodes.
However, in the quest for the best all-around laser for our patients, I came across CO2, Er:YAG, and Er,Cr:YSGG. We went with CO2 because it acts differently than the rest of the lasers. A diode laser is a white hot tip which sears the tissue, whereas the Erbium and CO2 lasers work by vaporizing the water in the cells (which means much less of the “burning” smell that was present with the other laser). Weighing all the options, I felt that the laser with less pain, quickest procedure time, minimal to no bleeding, and fastest healing was the CO2 laser. Ours is sold by LightScalpel.
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