I'll have to admit that as my years in practice go on, I find myself more and more interested in trying to find better ways to do what I do, and to use technology as a way to serve my patients better, and make my job more enjoyable.
The one piece of equipment that I've added in the last year that has totally changed how I'm able to do things is a laser. In fact, I thought it was so cool, that the one I bought actually has two different types of lasers in one machine.
What really sold me on this technology was its ability to promote faster healing, kill off more of the bugs that are causing problems and really have very little to no negative effects after the procedures were finished.
Lasers have been around for a while now, but there's a growing movement in the dental community to have them be a part of our armamentarium on a daily basis in treating our patients. I can use my laser in almost every facet of dentistry. The most exciting area for me has been in performing root canals and using the laser as a means to significantly reduce the number of bacteria as well as the body's inflammatory response to ensure a much better long term success rate for these teeth. I've been able to take numerous courses to further my knowledge on the subject and have felt really good about utilizing it in these cases.
Technology on its own is great, but it's when it directly impacts my ability to do better dentistry that I get really excited! And it's a good feeling to be excited to go into work every day!
So, the next time you're in the office feel free to ask about this great addition to our practice and how it may be able to help you and your smile!