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The Future of Dentistry: Laser Beams & Smart Brushes

Posted Wednesday, December 10th, 2014


As a top dentist in Philadelphia, we strive to be up-to-date on the latest trends. Every year, we are astonished when we look back at all of the advances in technology we’ve witnessed. From smart watches to drones to landing a space probe onto a comet, 2014 has been quite a year! Though, the fields of science and entertainment aren’t the only industries benefiting from new gadgets.

The future of dentistry is looking brighter than ever with the arrival of a laser that could replace drills for soft and hard tissue dental procedures. Cleared by the FDA, the Solea CO2 laser system from Convergent Dental won the Popular Science award, “Best of What’s New” for 2014.

Popular Science Editor-in-Chief Cliff Ransom explained that, “Winners of Popular Science’s Best of What’s New Award tend to change what the future will look like…they are all revolutionary in their respective fields.” And the Solea CO2 laser will do exactly that for the field of dentistry and oral healthcare in general.

What does this laser mean for patients? For starters, it nearly eliminates the need for anesthesia and the use of drills for procedures on teeth and gums. In fact, 95% of Solea users opt to perform procedures without anesthesia. One can expect a virtually painless procedure with little to no gum bleeding at all. Also, the pesky vibrations and noises of a drill are noticeably absent with this invention.\

As the first dental laser that incorporates computer controls of the beam, the Solea allows dentists to select the size of the beam pattern, much like they would when selecting the proper sized burr for a dental drill. The laser was designed with the familiar feel of a drill’s hand piece in mind. This makes it an easier transition for dentists who take on this awesome new technology in their practice.

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Photo Credit: Dentistry IQ

Don’t Brush Harder, Brush Smarter

You know the basics of proper toothbrushing, but now you can up your periodontal care game. Yet another awesome invention meant to improve oral health is the Kolibree Smart Toothbrush. Previewed earlier this year by many, the brush is said to track the areas of your mouth that you’re brushing via sensor.

An app designed for both iOS and Android devices receives and hosts your brushing data. It tracks your progress by showing how long and how often you’ve been brushing your teeth. It will also highlight areas where you are slacking.

Currently, the electric toothbrush is still only available for pre-order on the Kolibree website.

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Photo Credit: The Verge

Much like the Kolibree toothbrush can help you customize your brushing habits, we are the Philadelphia dentist that can customize a treatment plan for your healthiest smile. Make sure the future of your oral healthcare is in good hands. For more information or to make an appointment, call us at 215-564-1025!

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