The Biolase Laser
The Biolase brings us closer to painless dentistry. From a national survey 55% of patients did not need anesthetic for the given procedure. The method of cutting tooth structure is patented, it employs the laser energy to vaporize a stream of water so that the resultant energy released ablates the tooth structure. In addition to cutting tooth structure it can be used in endodontics to prepare or sterilize a canal prior to filling. It does have its limitations however. It can not be used to remove old amalgam restoration or any material with metallic components. With respect to soft tissue procedures it does not create bleeding and thus is very useful for biopsies or surgical procedures on the soft tissue of the mouth.