My grandfather was a dentist practicing in Canada one hundred years ago. At that time there was an amazing new technology that many dentists were just starting to use. However, according to my grandfather, the technology was really just a trick to fool patients. That technology was X-Ray.
Today we look back on the past and have a hard time believing that people could have been so wrong. How could a dentist not see the value in what we now consider an essential diagnostic device? Like many well-educated and successful people he was suffering from early user cognitive dissonance. On the other hand today we are bombarded with new technology and the reaction from many dentists is just like my grandfather. What will they think of us one hundred years from today?
One of today’s technologies that suffers from early user cognitive dissonance is lasers. Many dentists think lasers are just an expensive gimmick; a trick to fool patients. However the fact is that lasers are likely to have just as profound an effect on the practice of dentistry in the next century as X-rays did in the last.
I have been using a diode laser since 1999. I couldn’t be a dentist today without my laser. I use it to contour gingiva, control bleeding, trough preps in place of cord, treat perio, and much more. Currently I am using the Odyssey laser from Ivoclar and have been very pleased with it.
This week I am traveling to Convergent Dental to get a look at their new hard tissue laser the Solea. Although I love my soft tissue diode I have been disappointed in hard tissue lasers. I am hoping the Solea is a s good as they are telling me.