What is the Solea Laser?
Solea is a computer-aided laser system. It is fast, precise, virtually noiseless and provides anesthesia-free, suture-free, and pain-free treatment. Which all means more comfortable treatment for you!
At Mount Vista Family Dental, we use lasers for a variety of treatments. For dental fillings, lasers are used to remove the decay in a tooth instead of a drill. It provides superior treatment to the more traditional method, because the laser is so precise it can vaporize only the decay that’s present and leaves the surrounding healthy structure alone. A dental drill cannot do this. Dental fillings with the Solea Laser can be safely performed on both adults and kids, and our younger patients just love it!
Many patients worry that a laser will burn or cause them pain. We can honestly say it won’t do either! Some patients do not feel anything at all during their laser treatment. Others may experience a “sensation”, but it is not uncomfortable in any way. Also, laser fillings do not cost any more than traditional fillings!
The Solea laser and soft tissue treatments
We also use the Solea Laser to perform treatment on the soft tissues of the mouth. For these procedures, the laser seals your blood vessels and nerve endings as it works, meaning there is no need for recovery time and less chance of post-operative infection.
We use the Solea Laser to help infants whose frenulum (the fleshy band of tissue that ties the tongue to the floor of the mouth or the upper lip) hasn’t developed properly. Some of these infants have trouble latching on during breastfeeding and it causes many problems for both baby and mom. A laser frenectomy gently releases this tissue, and we have seen very positive results from these procedures.
The Solea Laser can also be used to perform gingivectomies. When someone has overgrown gums, they may have a “gummy smile” – gums that cover too much tooth surface. By concisely removing gum tissue with the laser, it makes the teeth look longer and there is a more pleasing balance between gums and tooth surface – making a more beautiful smile.
Is Solea good for kids?
It’s great for kids. It’s faster, and most procedures are done without a shot, the drill or pain. Because there is no need for a shot, multiple procedures can be done in one appointment, meaning less time at the dentist. A child can go right back to school or eat right after their appointment because they don’t leave with a numb feeling.