Lasers a Key Element of Dentistry
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - With advancements in technology, the process of performing dental procedures has become more streamlined.
At the Updates in Contemporary Dentistry Meeting held here recently, Ron Kaminer, DDS, discussed using laser technology and endodontics.
?Take it from a lasers guy,? Dr. Kaminer said. ?There are a lot of good diodes on the market, CAO Group, AMD Lasers, and others all offer diodes, and they are all great; they cut soft tissue really well.?
Dr. Kaminer noted that laser use reduces bacterial presence, thus decreasing inflammation. ?If you get rid of inflammation the body will heal,? Dr. Kaminer said. ?During laser treatments, biostimulation occurs, helping the tissues to heal at the cellular level.?
Dr. Kaminer also made a point of how laser technology can help grow a practice, noting that a 45-minute procedure with laser technology will yield a return of around $2000.
He also discussed how to increase the success rate of endodontical procedures. He attributed many of the failures of these types of procedures to the anatomy and remaining debris in the root canal system.
Using the national average fees, $745 for an anterior endo, $845 for a bicuspid endo and $1,000 for a molar endo, Dr. Kaminer stated that clinicians can add anywhere from $30,000 to $50,000 annually just by conducting additional endodontic procedures in a practice.
Dr. Kaminer also gave tips on what kinds of endodontically-treated teeth had high and low success rates. The results of a study of 2,000 endodontically-treated teeth showed that teeth with higher success rates were vital teeth, teeth without lesions, were conventionally treated, required a single appointment and a short filling level.
Dr. Kaminer closed his presentation with a simple message for clinicians about changes in technology: ?In times of change, it is the ?learners? who will inherit the earth; while the ?learned? will find themselves beautifully equipped for a world that no longer exists.?