Sarasota's Laser Dentistry Experts
In dentistry, lasers can be used for a variety of procedures, including dental surgery, filling cavities, teeth whitening, detecting cavities, and soft tissue healing. Dr. Michael is a certified laser dentist currently using three types of dental lasers – Waterlase iPlus by Biolase (high power laser), Diagnodent (diagnostic laser), and a Therapeutic Laser (low power laser). High power lasers such as the Waterlase iPlus are commonly less painful than drilling, minimize bleeding, and may preserve more of your healthy tooth during cavity removal. At Sarasota Dentistry, Dr. Hank Michael uses these state-of-the-art dental lasers to deliver precise, effective, and efficient dental care for patients.
There are many lasers that are designed for dentistry. The first dental lasers were approved for use in soft tissue applications in the early 1990s. Hard tissue (tooth material) lasers took longer to perfect. The WaterlaseMD Hard & Soft Tissue Laser was the first laser cleared by the FDA to operate on the tooth structure, approved in 1998.
Since then, this laser has also been cleared by the FDA for numerous additional procedures on bone, teeth and gum tissue. Dr. Michael added the WaterlaseMD to his practice in 2007 and became certified to perform numerous hard and soft tissue laser procedures. In 2013, he upgraded the WaterlaseMD to the newest and most advanced dental laser to date – the waterlase iPlus. In addition to the iPlus laser, Dr. Michael also utilizes a diagnostic laser to detect cavities called the Diagnodent and a therapeutic laser used to stimulate healing of the soft tissue.
The iPlus laser works by spraying a mist of water into a beam of laser light. The laser energy has been specially designed to split water molecules resulting in microscopic explosions of water molecules. The energy from these microscopic explosions gives the dentist the ability to cut soft & hard tissue – a process called ablation.