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Michael Cataldo, CEO of Convergent Dental. (Photo: Fred Michmershuizen, DTA)
May 7, 2015 | Business USA

Convergent Dental unveils latest enhancements for its Solea laser

by Fred Michmershuizen, DTA

ANAHEIM, Calif., USA: Convergent Dental, developer of Solea, a computer-aided, CO2 laser system for use in both hard- and soft-tissue procedures, prides itself on constant innovation. During an interview at the recent CDA meeting, Michael Cataldo, CEO of the company, talked about that commitment and offered more information about the laser.

Solea is the first 9.3-micron laser cleared by the FDA for use in dentistry, and this unique wavelength and its computer controls set it apart from other such technology on the market, Cataldo explained. Solea cuts very fast, with very little blood, and can be used with very little anesthesia, he said. These features allow the dentist to increase productivity by performing procedures in multiple quadrants without waiting for a patient to get numb.

“We rolled out Solea a year and a half ago,” Cataldo said, “and in that time we have come up with a whole new generation handpiece and a whole set of internal upgrades.”

Many of these upgrades, he said, are available to all Solea customers without an additional investment.

At the Anaheim meeting, Convergent unveiled several new hollow waveguides, which allow dentists to use the laser in the periodontal pocket in addition to the other typical hard- and soft-tissue procedures the laser is known for. Also unveiled: a new Ultraguide handpiece, with which all of the waveguides are compatible.

The hollow waveguides are each 8 mm long and have 400-, 600- and 1200-micron inner diameters, giving practitioners the ability to choose the right tool for the job anywhere in the oral cavity, according to the company.

These enhancements are just the latest example of Convergent Dental’s focus on keeping dentists current with the very latest technology, Cataldo said.

“The real theme is constant innovation,” he stressed. “You buy Solea, and literally every quarter there is going to be an upgrade.”


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