No doubt about it, lasers have had a profound impact on the practice of dentistry. The technology continues to evolve at a breakneck clip and it will be exciting to see what the future of laser technology has in store for the dental profession. Encinitas periodontist Ann Kania has a good post on the benefits of laser dentistry. Here's some of the benefits she outlined:
- General anesthesia is not required.
- Estimates indicate that LANAP is as succussful as traditional periodontal surgery.
- LANAP procedures reduce recovery time.
- Dental lasers are safe for many patients with special needs, such as diabetes or hemophilia.
- LANAP treatment often requires less time than traditional gum surgery.
- Dental lasers seal gum tissue as they cut, which eliminates the need for stitches
The 2012 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition is taking place in Orlando, Fla and has some honors to hand out. For a complete list of those being honored, check out the link above.
Dr. David Kennedy discusses why mercury is still used by dentists.
If you're looking for dental lasers, digital sensors or another type of high end technology driven piece of dental equipment, Suni has some very nice resources that provide pertinent information. Whether you want to compare CCD sensors with CMOS, or you're looking for information about the various types of lasers on the market, they've got a link for you. View some of the cutting edge technology items we have available in our store below:
Carestream Dental has released the CS 7600 designed to bridge the gap between conventional and digital x-ray imaging. It comprises a scanner, reusable phosphor plates, acquisition software, disposable hygienic barrier envelopes, and an optional Scan & Go device. From the article:
It is designed to capture, digitize, display, and store intraoral radiographic images and improve workflow in the process. The phosphor plates are exposed in the same way as traditional x-ray film; the images are then fed into the compact CR system and scanned using a laser. The image data from the plates is digitized, and the images are displayed on a monitor and saved to the user's computer.
These 'bridge' technologies are important for dentists that are working hard to make the transition to a full digital practice. I would love to see more of these innovative systems entering the market as it eases the financial burden on dental practices that have to balance finances with securing the latest in technology. We haven't seen any of these on the used market yet, but we do have a Gendex DenOptix available.