Fotona Lightwalker laser treats a variety of tooth and gum issues using advanced technology
Most people dread the thought of going to the dentist for treatment and hearing that all-too-familiar drill sound. The feel of the drill or the thought of oral surgery can provoke anxiety in many patients and simply provide an unpleasant experience for others. That’s why Dr. Ramsin Davoud in Turlock, CA has invested in cutting-edge technology, called the Fotona Lightwalker®, that provides a laser treatment solution for many of the tooth and gum treatments that have previously required the dental drill or scalpel.
What is the Fotona Lightwalker?
The Lightwalker dental laser system, created by the leading technology company Fotona, is a versatile laser assisted painless dentistry instrument that is transforming the way Dr. Davoud provides dental care. It allows a level of precision and speed in dental treatments that is unparalleled.
By harnessing the power of a laser, the sounds and sensations of a rotary dental drill can be avoided, and scalpels and anesthesia are often unnecessary. The Lightwalker is equipped with the fastest-cutting Erbium laser in the world, which enables Dr. Davoud to treat a variety of dental issues quickly and safely while minimizing the impact of the treatment on the patient’s surrounding oral tissues and their overall health. By being able to provide minimally invasive dental care with the Lightwalker system, Dr. Davoud can maximize your comfort in the dental chair and reduce your recovery time. The device is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a wide variety of periodontal and dental treatments.
How long have lasers been used in dentistry?
The first laser, called a "ruby laser," was developed in 1960. Shortly afterwards, several other types of lasers began to be developed, and dentists first realized their value in dental applications when in 1965, researchers found that enamel could be vaporized with the ruby laser. From then on, researchers continued to study and develop lasers so that they could be used in dental treatments, and in 1990, the first Nd:YAG laser was released specifically for use in the dental market. In 1997, the FDA cleared the first Er:YAG laser for use on hard dental tissues.
Because lasers can be manufactured to produce different wavelengths of light, they are a versatile tool for dentists to use, and their ability to stimulate natural tissue growth and simultaneously disinfect tissues makes them an ideal option for providing high-quality care that minimizes the side effects and recovery times associated with dental treatments. Nowadays, lasers are regularly used for a wide variety of purposes in dentistry, from cutting and ablation to stimulation of tissues and cosmetic procedures.
What types of lasers are used in the Lightwalker?
The Lightwalker is equipped with both Er:YAG and Nd:YAG dental lasers for expanded dual-wavelength treatment options.
The Er:YAG laser in the Lightwalker is a fast-cutting Erbium laser. The beam of energy created by an Erbium laser is easily absorbed by water, which is abundant in your body. The Er:YAG laser can be used for both hard and soft tissues and has excellent cutting capabilities while minimizing pain, bleeding, and the chance of infection. This type of laser is less aggressive than other types of lasers, such as CO2 lasers, that have been used in soft tissue dental surgery. When compared to CO2 lasers, Erbium lasers are less likely to damage surrounding tissues, enable the dentist to be more precise, have fewer side effects, and have more rapid healing times.
Nd:YAG lasers were introduced in 1990 as the first type of pulsed laser to be used in dental applications. The wavelength emitted by the laser is in the near infrared spectrum, and the hemoglobin and melanin in the body’s tissues absorb the laser energy. This enables the laser to deeply penetrate the tissues, where it can be used to disinfect gums or other soft tissues that are contaminated with bacteria and stimulate the body’s natural production of fibrin for healing and regeneration.
What types of treatments can the Lightwalker be used for?
Because it has several different operating modes and an advanced laser-beam delivery system, the Lightwalker can effectively be used as both a hard and soft tissue treatment solution. It can be used for the following dental applications:
- Cavity repair
- Periodontal surgery
- Repairing issues with damaged or failing dental implants
- Dental bonding
- Treating cold sores, Herpes lesions, and canker sores
- Preparation of teeth for new crowns
- Easy removal of ceramic crowns
- ...and more!
Patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea can even increase the quality of their sleep with NightLase® therapy available from the Lightwalker system. With this treatment, collagen is naturally stimulated in the soft tissues of your mouth to prevent them from sagging and blocking your airways while you sleep.
What are the benefits of Lightwalker treatment versus standard treatment?
The Lightwalker treatment system has a number of benefits that promote dental and overall health:
- It provides ultimate performance and precision, which means that treatments are safer and more effective and that the surrounding dental tissues undergo less trauma from the procedure
- Treatments are easier to perform for the dentist, allowing Dr. Davoud to focus on providing the best care possible
- Patients have a pain-free experience, in contrast to standard drills or scalpels that can be painful uncomfortable for many of the senses
- Because it is a painless treatment, shots and anesthesia are often unnecessary, meaning that you can get back to your day after your procedure without having part of your mouth and face feeling numb
- There is minimal to no bleeding during surgical procedures
- The laser simultaneously disinfects the treatment area while it cuts, minimizing the chance of infection and post-surgical complications
- After treatment, there is less inflammation, swelling, and pain
- Overall healing and recovery take less time so you can get back to your normal life faster
Can the Lightwalker also be used for cosmetic dental treatments?
Yes! In addition to treating dental issues such as tooth decay and periodontal disease, the Fotona Lightwalker can be used in several esthetic dentistry procedures. This is because the Lightwalker system is equipped with multiple lasers that can be adjusted and fine-tuned for a variety of uses.
One of the most common cosmetic dentistry applications for the Lightwalker is tooth whitening. The laser in the Lightwalker is both gentle and highly effective at whitening teeth in just a few treatments, allowing you to avoid wearing tooth whitening trays every day and dealing with messy bleach whitening solutions. For patients with cosmetic dental veneers that they would like removed or replaced, the Lightwalker can be used to remove the veneers in under 60 seconds each. The Fotona Lightwalker can even be used for facial treatments, such as the reduction of wrinkles in the mouth area, due to its collagen-boosting abilities.
How does the Lightwalker make treatment painless?
As a Biological dentist, Dr. Davoud is committed to treating every patient as a whole, not just the individual dental issues they may encounter. Because of this, he understands the importance of ensuring that patients are comfortable not only while they are in the dental chair, but also before and after their treatment. When a patient is anxious about their treatment before they even go into the office, it can have a negative impact on their life for weeks prior to treatment. Similarly, a long recovery time is not only uncomfortable, but can have a detrimental effect on a patient’s quality of life and prevent them from enjoying their daily activities, dining experiences, and work. A positive, pain-free patient experience and unparalleled safety are why Dr. Davoud has invested in the Lightwalker system.
There are many important factors that help make the Lightwalker a great painless dentistry option. When lasers are used instead of the traditional scalpel or drill, it produces less pain and inflammation, increases growth of new tissues, and speeds the healing process. In addition, it stimulates your body’s natural production of collagen, which is important in the growth and health of tooth dentin, gum tissue, jaw bone, and skin. It also boosts the activity of infection-fighting white blood cells and fibroblasts.
Is the Lightwalker a good option for me?
If you need a dental filling, periodontal surgery, or have dental restorations that need to be repaired or removed, then the Lightwalker may be a great treatment option for you. In fact, most patients are good candidates for treatment with the Lightwalker laser system.
Dr. Davoud will assess the best form of therapy based on your individual oral and overall health. He will take the time to go over all the pros and cons of your various options so that you can make a well-informed decision so you are comfortable knowing that you have made the best treatment choices going into your procedure.
Experience the Biological dentistry difference at Dr. Davoud’s office
As a Biological dentist, Dr. Davoud is committed to providing treatment options to his patients that not only address the dental issue at hand, but that also support the patient’s overall health and well-being. It is also important to Dr. Davoud that the treatment process is quick and comfortable to reduce overall patient stress and that healing from procedures is rapid and free from side effects. With the addition of the Lightwalker laser system to his practice, Dr. Davoud can take high-quality care to the next level, quickly and safely treating a wide variety of dental conditions with faster recovery times than ever before.
If you are in the Turlock, CA area or surrounding communities, we encourage you to schedule an appointment today at (209) 690-8051 to see the difference that Biological dental care combined with the latest dental technology can make in your life.