Advanced endodontics with Fotona’s new SkyPulse® Laser

Dr. Valerie Kanter shows how the SkyPulse® Laser and SWEEPS method represent an entirely new way of thinking about root canal therapy with patients receiving fast, safe, and effective root canal treatments.

Dr. Valerie Kanter discusses a clinically effective photoacoustic effect for endodontic treatment

Over 15 million root canal procedures are being performed each year. And for years, dental practitioners have used traditional methods to treat them. But today, research studies are showing that root canal irrigation is more effective and patient-friendly when treated with a laser.

With traditional methods, oral infections can happen because microorganisms had not been eliminated from the root canal systems, allowing for recontamination to occur after treatment. In severe cases, studies have shown that oral infections can also affect a patient’s cardiovascular health. It is for this reason that many dental practitioners are upgrading their practices to include a laser.

In my practice, I use the Fotona LightWalker Dental Laser and Fotona’s newest endodontic laser, the SkyPulse®. Having the SkyPulse® laser allows me to offer technology that preserves the integrity of my patients’ teeth, improve healing times, and increases precision during treatment.

I added the SkyPulse® to my arsenal of treatment tools because it can produce exceptionally low-energy and short-duration laser pulses optimized to generate a clinically effective photoacoustic effect for endodontic treatment using a method called SWEEPS® (Shock Wave Enhanced Emission Photoacoustic Streaming). It’s equipped with a 2940nm Er:YAG and offers two additional high-performance diode module accessories to provide a wide range of both soft and hard tissue treatment options. In addition to endodontic applications, it has proven success in periodontics, implantology, and soft-tissue surgery applications.

Advanced endodontics with Fotona’s new SkyPulse® LaserFor me, having SWEEPS® is essential to my patient root canal treatment plan. SWEEPS® is a revolutionary method for chemically cleaning and debriding the complex root canal system using Er:YAG laser energy at sub-ablative power levels for a more thorough and precise irrigation. The minimally invasive instrumentation preserves more of the natural tooth structure and thereby improves strength and integrity. Using synchronized pairs of ultra-short pulses, an accelerated collapse of laser-induced bubbles is achieved, leading to enhanced shockwave emission inside even the narrowest root canals. The precise waves of energy thoroughly clean the complex root canal system that traditional methods can sometimes miss. The containment of the shockwaves thoroughly streams these solutions through the entire canal system, enhancing their effectiveness. The canals and subcanals are left clean, and the dentinal tubules are free of smear layer. The effectiveness of SWEEPS® should not be underestimated, as it is not uncommon for me to be able to save a patient’s tooth, even when it was deemed to be a loss with traditional treatment methods.

SWEEPS® is equally effective for final water rinsing prior to obturation. After sealing the canal, the restoration can be completed finishing off with 1064nm laser photobiomodulation. What do you want in your practice that benefits a patient’s comfort and decreases pain? In my practice and for my patients, it’s photobiomodulation. Having the 1064nm wavelength there to help stimulate healing after my procedures is profoundly different than anything that I have experienced in dentistry. It helps ensure that my patients are comfortable when they leave the office after a treatment.

This laser treatment is far more advanced than traditional irrigation procedure methods because the shockwaves generate cleaning solutions that travel throughout the entire root canal system, disrupt biofilms, and eliminate bacteria that would otherwise be left behind to continue to pose a risk on the health of the tooth and patient as a whole. The powerful combination of Fotona’s SkyPulse® Endo laser and its SWEEPS® treatment represents a unique and highly effective solution for modern endodontics improving irrigation and disinfection. This method represents an entirely new way of thinking about root canal therapy with patients receiving fast, safe, and effective root canal treatments.

Even before SkyPulse® Laser, Fotona understood the effectiveness of laser technology on endodontics. Read Dr. Stephen R. Ottosen’s article on “The foundation of minimally invasive endodontics: research, technology, and technique” by clicking here: https://endopracticeus.com/the-foundation-of-minimally-invasive-endodontics-research-technology-and-technique/

Valerie Kanter, DMD, MS, graduated from the University of Florida College of Dentistry with a specialty in endodontics and then moved to Los Angeles, where she established a reputation for outstanding patient-centered care. She teaches at the UCLA School of Dentistry. Dr. Kanter is a  Board-certified endodontist with a passion for providing safe and effective biological treatments that relieve pain, preserve and regenerate natural teeth whenever possible, and improve the health and well-being of her patients.

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