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Clinical Uses

Why should you include technology in your search for the ideal dentist?

Advances in technology have evolved yesterday’s “Stone Age” dentistry into a cutting edge experience for everyone. When looking at technology such as the WaterLase, you can rest assured that your dental care may consist of shorter procedures, especially if no anesthetic is needed.¹‾² Dental lasers offer minimal or no intra-operative and post-operative discomfort.³ This means spending less money in most cases, and a more comfortable experience while in the chair.

Furthermore, because your trained dentist owns a WaterLase system, they are able to utilize the technology to perform a full range of clinical laser procedures.

WaterLase Dentistry™ Clinical Uses

WaterLase was first introduced to the market in 1998, and since that time its indications have expanded to include a procedure on teeth, bone and gum tissue.

Laser Hard Tissue Applications

  • Class I, II, III, IV and V cavity preparation
  • Caries removal
  • Hard tissue surface roughening or etching
  • Enameloplasty, excavation of pits and fissures for placement of sealants

Laser Soft Tissue Applications

  • Soft Tissue Procedures Including Pulpal Tissues
  • Excisional and incisional biopsies
  • Exposure of unerupted teeth
  • Fibroma removal
  • Flap preparation - incision of soft tissue to prepare a flap and expose the bone
  • Flap preparation - incision of soft tissue to prepare a flap and expose unerupted teeth (hard and soft tissue impactions)
  • Frenectomy and frenotomy
  • Gingival troughing for crown impressions
  • Gingivectomy
  • Gingivoplasty
  • Gingival incision and excision
  • Hemostasis
  • Implant recovery
  • Incision and drainage of abscesses
  • Laser soft tissue curettage of the post-extraction tooth sockets and the periapical are during apical surgery
  • Leukoplakia
  • Operculectomy
  • Oral papillectomies
  • Pulpotomy
  • Pulp extirpation
  • Pulpotomy as an adjunct to root canal therapy
  • Root canal debridement and cleaning
  • Reduction of gingival hypertrophy
  • Removal of pathological tissues (i.e., cysts, neoplasm or abscess) and hyperplastic tissues (i.e., granulation tissue) from around the apex
  • Soft tissue crown lengthening
  • Sulcular debridement (removal of diseased and inflamed soft tissue)
  • Treatment of canker sores, herpetic and aphthous ulcers of the oral Mucosa
  • Vestibuloplasty
  • Cutting, shaving, contouring and resection of oral osseous tissues (bone)
  • Osteotomy


  • Laser root canal disinfection after endodontic treatment
  • Tooth preparation to obtain access to root canal
  • Root canal preparation including enlargement
  • Root canal debridement and cleaning
  • Flap preparation - incision of soft tissue to prepare a flap and expose the bone
  • Cutting bone to prepare a window access to the apex (apices) of the roots
  • Apicoectomy
  • Root end preparation for retrofill amalgam or composite
  • Removal of pathological tissues (i.e., cysts, neoplasm or abscess) and hyperplastic tissue (i.e, granulation tissue) from around the apex


  • Waterlase MD™/iPlus™ Er,Cr:YSGG assisted new attachment procedure (cementum-mediated periodontal ligament new attachment to the root surface in the absence of long junctional epithelium).
  • Full thickness flap
  • Partial thickness flap
  • Split thickness flap
  • Laser soft tissue curettage
  • Laser removal of diseased, infected, inflamed and necrosed soft tissue within the periodontal pocket
  • Removal of highly inflamed edematous tissue affected by bacteria penetration of the pocket lining and junctional epithelium
  • Removal of granulation tissue from bony defects
  • Sulcular debridement (removal of diseased or inflamed soft tissue in the periodontal pocket to improve clinical indices including gingival index, gingival bleeding index, probe depth, attachment loss and tooth mobility)
  • Osteoplasty and osseous recontouring (removal of bone to correct osseous defects and create physiologic osseous contours)
  • Ostectomy (resection of bone to restore bony architecture, resection of bone for grafting, etc.)
  • Osseous crown lengthening
  • Removal of subgingival calculi in periodontal pockets with periodontitis by closed or open curettage
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2. Matsumoto K, Hossain M, Hossain MM, Kawanolt, Kimara Y. (2002) Clinical assessment of Er,Cr: YSGG laser applications for cavity preparation. J Clin Laser Med Surg Feb; 20(1):17-21.
3. Kusek R. Edward. (2010) The Er, Cr: YSGG Laser: A Perfect Fit with Implant Dentistry. J Laser Dent;18(3):132-134