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In the Convergent Dental booth at the recent Midwinter Meeting in Chicago, Convergent CEO Michael Cataldo works on a rough crown prep to demonstrate the new 1.25-mm spot size recently introduced for the Solea CO2 dental laser. (Photo: Robert Selleck, DTA)
Mar 4, 2015 | Business USA

Solea CO2 dental laser is four times faster with new cutting spot size

by Robert Selleck, DTA

CHICAGO, Ill., USA: At the Convergent Dental booth at the recent Midwinter Meeting, attendees could try out the new extra-coarse cutting 1.25 mm-XC spot size for Solea, the first FDA-approved, CO2 9.3 micron dental laser for hard and soft tissue. Convergent Dental CEO Michael Cataldo spoke about the new cutting pattern, explaining the “extra-coarse” description is a bit of a misnomer.

“If you want to back off on the pedal a bit, it’s actually pretty smooth, with lots of control,” Cataldo said, while explaining the advantages of Solea’s computerized controls in general.

“It’s not just a straight beam coming out,” Cataldo said. “It’s computer enhanced.”

The new spot size increases Solea’s industry-leading speed by a factor of four, so large amounts of tooth structure can be removed at or above traditional-drill speed. That means you don’t need to choose between the speed with a drill versus the improved patient experience with a laser. Cataldo said a dentist who had just been testing out the new pattern in the booth had completed a crown prep in three minutes and was confident it would have taken just two minutes on a live tooth.

The Solea’s unique 9.3-micron wavelength is highly absorbed in both hydroxyapatite and water, vaporizing tooth structure with speed, precision and a reliable analgesic effect. The 1.25-mm-XC spot size adds a new high-end capability for rapidly removing thick enamel for crown preparations and large fillings.

Cataldo said new patterns will keep being released, and all will be seamlessly integrated into existing Solea set-ups. The 1.25 mm-XC spot size is being offered as a free software upgrade to all current Solea dentists and will be included in all new units.

“We’re constantly innovating and improving, and everything plugs into the existing platform so it’s easy for our customers to upgrade,” Cataldo said.

The software-based platform enables dentists to use Solea’s intuitive touchscreen interface to switch between spot sizes with a finger tap to perform anesthesia-free and blood-free procedures. Even before the addition of the 1.25 mm spot size, Solea dentists had reported performing six or more additional procedures per day because of being able to treat patients without anesthesia and not having to control bleeding.


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