Three Facts about Diode Laser Dentistry
The dental laser is a versatile tool for dentists and registered dental hygienists alike, and proper training is essential. If you’re pursuing diode or CO2 laser training, Dedicated Dental Hygiene can help. And if you’re simply looking for information about the dental laser, and the diode in particular, read on for three facts about diode laser dentistry.
What are the Benefits of a Diode Laser?
From a practitioner perspective, a diode laser has a number of benefits. It’s compact, highly portable, self-contained and quite user friendly with the right training. For many general practitioners, the laser can extend scope of practice to a number of soft-tissue procedures. From a patient perspective, the laser promotes a better experience, with faster healing and recovery times, more comfortable procedures, and a less stressful visit overall.
When Can Diode Lasers Be Used?
A diode laser can be used to cut, coagulate blood vessels, sterilize wound edges, and cauterize nerve endings. It’s an alternative to dental procedures that would typically be performed with a scalpel. Common applications for a diode laser include:
• Periodontal treatments including gingivectomies
• Tissue incisions
• Removal of soft tissue lesions
• Reshaping gum tissue
• Removing soft tissue folds
Is there a Specific Technique with Diode Laser Dentistry?
Yes, diode lasers have a specific technique. They have a hot glass tip that functions when it comes into contact with tissue, so a diode laser must be used properly. Minimal pressure and short strokes will keep incisions narrow, even, and tidy. Dental practitioners can learn this technique and the appropriate amount of pressure with a dental laser training course like those offered here at Dedicated Dental Hygiene.
As a nationally approved PACE program provider for FAGD/MAGD credit, our courses are designed to meet laser eduction requirements in every state they’re scheduled. In addition to ensuing you’re compliant in your state of practice, our course is a comprehensive mix of lecture and hands-on training that ensures practitioners are just as proficient safely using the laser as they are discussing its application with patients.
State dental boards offer individual requirements for compliant use of a diode laser. It’s up to the hygienist or dentist to understand the requirements in their state of practice, including whether it’s allowed, permitted types of laser, any training mandates.
Regardless of your state rules, ensuring your own experience and understanding of the proper technique and application of a diode laser is important. The diode dental laser is only an asset to a practitioner’s scope of practice when they are trained to use it properly, and that often means more than a manufacturer’s overview. Learn more about training courses here at Dedicated Dental Hygiene in January and February, 2021. We’ll be hosting courses in Texas, Nevada, and New Mexico, and we also offer on-demand training in Texas.