What are the main advantages of the LiteTouch compared to other dental lasers?
The LiteTouch uses a direct delivery system in contrast to other delivery systems that employ optic fibers, a hollow wave guide or an articulated arm. Therefore, in comparison to other systems, LiteTouch offers a number of major advantages:
- Small and light; easily integrated into the dental clinic.
- Strong – LiteTouch's direct delivery system minimizes energy loss
- Easy to manipulate during dental procedures; other delivery systems limit the dentist's maneuverability
- 360º swivel of the handpiece for easy maneuvering
- No maintenance costs – in contrast to other delivery systems, the LiteTouch direct delivery system has no breakable parts
How do I know if my practice is ready for laser dentistry?
If you are ready to offer a new level of quality care, while obtaining the edge needed to grow your practice, you are ready for laser dentistry.
How do I learn to use the LiteTouch dental laser?
Syneron Dental offers seminars to teach you the proper use of the LiteTouch dental laser. These seminars include instruction, review and hands-on testing regarding the role of the Er:YAG laser in cavity preparation, soft tissue surgery, osseous surgery, implantology and more.
Which procedures will I be able to perform in my dental clinic with the LiteTouch laser?
Using the LiteTouch dental laser, you will be able to perform procedures in the areas of:
- Restorative Dentistry
- Soft tissue surgery
- Hard tissue surgery
What are the main clinical benefits of Er:YAG (LiteTouch) laser?
- Reduced trauma to teeth
- Less bleeding and swelling
- Allows MID (Minimal Invasive Dentistry)
- No smear layer
High speed drills can cause cracks and fractures in the teeth that eventually lead to dental problems. LiteTouch reduces damage to healthy portions of the teeth and minimizes trauma.
Due to its conservative, gentle cutting action and coagulating capabilities, the LiteTouch performs many dental procedures with little or no bleeding and less post-op swelling.
MID seeks to remove as little sound tooth structure as possible during tooth preparation. With the Er:YAG laser (LiteTouch), laser energy is absorbed in water. As the water content in caries tissue is relatively high, LiteTouch can ablate this tissue, leaving sound enamel and dentin untouched.
LiteTouch reduces bacterial count, thus reducing the chance of recurrent caries and infection after surgical procedures.
LiteTouch treatment does not involve a smear layer – which usually contains bacteria – after cavity preparation. This means a reduced chance of recurrent caries and increased retention of composite restorations.
What are the benefits of Er:YAG (LiteTouch) laser for my patients?
The main benefits of LiteTouch, in comparison to conventional dental lasers, for patients are:
- Reduces need for anesthesia
- Healthier for teeth (preserves sound tooth structure while removing decay)
- Kills germs
- Protects teeth against recurrent decay
- Requires shorter appointments
- Requires fewer visits to the dentist’s clinic
- Accompanied by no drilling sounds
- Offers less post-treatment discomfort
- Accepted better by children
Is LiteTouch dental laser suitable for Pedodonic use?
In comparison to conventional dental lasers, the Er:YAG (LiteTouch) laser requires less anesthesia in some procedures, shorter appointments and significantly less drilling sounds and vibration.
Also, many scientific articles suggest that during dental laser treatment, pediatric patients were very cooperative, displaying high acceptance and enthusiasm.
These facts indicate that the LiteTouch laser is excellent for pedodontic use.
What is the effect of Er:YAG (LiteTouch) laser on the pulp temperature?
Like all dental lasers, LiteTouch transfers heat radiation. It is, however, water- cooled to prevent overheating. Keep in mind that the diamond and tungsten-carbide burs of the conventional turbine drill remove tooth structure by friction, thus creating significant heat.
At any rate controlled research has proven that the temperature rise during Er:YAG lasing does not exceed the threshold of 5.5ºC.
What unique factor in the LiteTouch laser allows it to be smaller than other dental lasers?
The LiteTouch laser is the first and only dental laser that utilizes a direct delivery system. This means that the laser source is on a cord outside the machine, next to the handpiece. In other dental lasers, the laser source sits inside the machine, making for a larger and heavier device.
As the LiteTouch machine itself contains electric and water systems, it is compact in size and easily integrated into any dental office.
Is the LiteTouch laser suitable for dental soft tissue procedures?
The LiteTouch laser is especially designed for both soft and hard tissue procedures, and its program contains different set-ups for both. LiteTouch can perform soft tissue procedures such as:
- Periodontal Pocket Debridement
Are the LiteTouch tips reusable?
Yes, since LiteTouch tips can be sterilized and autoclaved, they can be reused.