Soft Tissue Dentistry

Why a CO2 Dental Laser?

The CO2 laser has been used for intraoral procedures since the 1960s and millions of CO2 laser procedures have been performed with Luxar-LightScalpel flexible fibers since 1991 to date. A great deal of peer-reviewed literature advocates the use of CO2 dental lasers in soft tissue dentistry due to their most important attribute: the WAVELENGTH.

A simple review of soft tissue absorption properties for all soft-tissue dental lasers (810 nm, 904 nm, 960 nm, 980 nm, 1064 nm, 9.3 micrometers, and 10.6 micrometers) reveals that the 10.6 micrometers wavelength of the CO2 laser is the most appropriate for intraoral soft tissue surgical applications.

The key to successful applications of the 10.6 micrometers CO2 lasers, and their advantages over other wavelengths, is their ability to accurately cut and efficiently coagulate the soft tissue at the same time.

testimonial author
As a pediatric dentist with 15 years of laser experience, including diode and erbium classes of lasers, I now exclusively use the LightScalpel CO2 laser for every infant soft tissue surgery. The adjustments for various tissue types and the exact precision of ablation are unparalleled. No other laser allows for this fine surgical control. I would never treat a patient with any other laser.
Martin A. Kaplan, DMD, DABLS
Director of Dental Laser Education and Development at the American Board of Laser Surgery
Member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Massachusetts Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Academy of Laser Dentistry, the Massachusetts Dental Society, the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, Breastfeeding USA, and the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition
Founder of Kid Care Dental PC
Stoughton, MA
testimonial author
It is by far the best Laser I’ve ever used. Absolutely love how nice the handpiece feels in my hand. I highly recommend anyone looking for a laser to give the LightScalpel a try.
Jack Hahn, DDS
Designer of the Replace Implant and the Hahn Implant System
Past President and Diplomat of the American Board of Oral Implantology
Honored Fellow and Diplomat of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry
Fellow of the Academy of Osseointegration
Cincinnati, OH
Indications of use for LightScalpel CO2 Laser Systems in Dentistry

The LightScalpel LS-1005 and LS-2010 CO2 Laser Systems are intended and FDA cleared for use in dental laser surgery procedures for incision, excision, ablation, and/or vaporization of soft tissue for treatment of:

Soft-Tissue Absorption Coefficient vs Wavelength Optical absorption coefficient spectra at different histologically relevant concentrations of water, hemoglobin (Hb), oxyhemoglobin (HbO2), and melanin. Logarithmic scales are in use.

Summary

CO2 Lasers in Dentistry

The LightScalpel dental laser allows the practitioner to perform soft tissue procedures and treatments not easily done with scalpels, such as fibroma removal, aphthous and herpetic lesions treatment,  soft-tissue crown lengthening, gingivectomy, gingivoplasty, soft-tissue biopsies, and others.

The LightScalpel soft tissue dental laser is highly efficient for periodontal therapy, tissue hemostasis, and aesthetics. With the LightScalpel CO2 laser, the productivity of the dental practice increases; for example, the dentist acquires the ability to perform certain procedures  quickly due to the lack of anesthetic required and/or need for sutures.

With the right education and training, the LightScalpel flexible fiber CO2 laser system can become a potent practice and profit builder, as it is an excellent marketing vehicle for a practice.

Learn more about LightScalpel dental lasers being used in specific dental specialties:
general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, implant dentistry, periodontics, and prosthodontics.

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