General Family Dentist | Milwaukie, Oak Grove, Gladstone, Happy Valley and Portland, OR

Kevin H. Speer, D.D.S.
2250 SE Oak Grove Blvd.
Milwaukie, OR 97267

Mon-Thur
8am–5pm

Solea® Dental Laser

Solea® dental lasers are the latest in dental technology. They decrease the use of needles and eliminate the need for dental drills while providing precise dental treatment that is quicker than traditional dental procedures. Solea® dental lasers provide an anxiety-free approach to dentistry and help patients feel confident and assured when undergoing dental procedures.

 

Did You Know?

A recent Gallup well-being poll found that 35.3% of Americans have not visited the dentist over the course of the last year.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

How does the Solea® laser work?

Solea® lasers utilize a unique infrared wavelength that reacts with water, CO2, and enamel in a way that essentially vaporizes the hard and soft tissues in the mouth. It also simultaneously seals off your blood vessels and nerves. Simply stated, this means that the laser stream can produce precise, fast, and pain-free cuts with little to no bleeding. In addition, the Solea® laser does not produce any noise or vibrations as it works, meaning your dental treatment will be quieter than traditional dental treatments.

 

 

What dental treatments can Solea® be used for?

Solea® works by cutting enamel, gum, and bone. Therefore it can be used for procedures requiring this type of alteration. Such procedures can include:

  • Fillings
  • Gingivectomies
  • Frenectomies
  • Crown lengthenings
  • Removing tooth decay
  • Uncovering partially erupted wisdom teeth
  • Removing swollen tissues or inflamed periodontal pockets
  • Removing canker sores or fibromas

 

Can Solea® be used on children?

Yes! Since Solea® lasers are faster and avoid the use of needles and drills, they are ideal for treating children. Solea® will allow Dr. Speer to complete multiple procedures at once, if needed, quickly and without pain. Plus, since no anesthetic is needed, children can return to school and normal activities directly after treatment.

Patient receiving laser dentistry

What should I expect during my Solea® treatment?

During your Solea® treatment, Dr. Speer will provide you with protective eyewear to wear. Then, he will insert the laser and complete the necessary procedure. You may feel some air or a cool mist from the water used with the laser, but no pain or discomfort. Most procedures can be completed in a matter of minutes. Once your procedure is complete, you will be able to resume all your normal activities and will have no feelings of lingering numbness.

 

Does Solea® dental laser treatment hurt?

Patients generally describe dental laser treatment as being more comfortable than traditional dental treatment. In addition, anesthetic is rarely needed for laser treatments because it does not cause the same degree of discomfort as other dental procedures. In fact, most patients report feeling nothing during treatment. However, some individuals may feel a cold sensation.

 

Is Solea® laser treatment safe?

Yes. Solea® dental lasers is the first CO2 dental laser to be approved by the FDA as a safe treatment for the teeth and gums. Solea® laser treatment also has a lower risk for bacterial infections due to the precise nature of its treatment.

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How long does Solea® laser treatment take?

Treatment with a Solea® laser is quicker than traditional dental treatment. For starters, since there is no use for anesthetic, there is no waiting period while the anesthetic takes effect. Furthermore, Solea® lasers expedite treatment and most procedures are able to be completed in a single office visit in less than an hour. Sometimes, multiple treatments can even be completed within the same visit, minimizing the amount of office visits needed.

 

Is Solea® laser treatment expensive?

Great news, there is no additional cost for Solea® treatment. In fact, most dental insurance companies cover the cost of Solea® as they would traditional dental treatment completed with a dental drill.

 

At Oak Grove Dental Center, we believe that providing high quality dentistry is only part of creating a successful relationship with our patients. To experience some of the best dental care in Milwaukee, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kevin H. Speer today!