What is laser dentistry?
Laser dentistry is a relatively new technology that helps Dr. Nurin treat you with a high degree of precision and accuracy, helping you keep your smile for a lifetime. Laser treatment may be a step in reaching that goal. If you have questions or concerns about laser treatment, please ask Dr. Nurin or his staff.

Laser dentistry...shining a new light on oral health care.

What are the benefits of laser dentistry over traditional treatment?
There are certain circumstances when the dental laser can be used. This will be determined by Dr. Nurin in your consultation appointment. When it can be used, the benefits may include:
decreased or no need for Novocain
reduced risk of infection
decreased sensitivity
less time in the dental chair
less bleeding
less post-operative discomfort
less noise than the dental drill
NO contraindications

We now feature and use the new "BIOLASE iPLUS WATERLASE LASER." See below for details.

Waterlase™

YSGG Hydrokinetic
Dental Laser

In combination with an air-water spray, this Hydrokinetic YSGG laser is able to replace the drill in many instances. No longer will the whine of the drill be heard, but rather a popping sound similar to that of popcorn popping.
Since there is no heat or vibration from the Waterlase™, the need for anesthetic (THE SHOT) is eliminated in most cases!

What is Hydrokinetic technology?
The Hydrokinetic process is the removal of tissues with YSGG laser-energized water droplets. Hydrokinetic energy is produced by combining a spray of atomized water with laser energy. The resulting Hydrokinetic energy gently and precisely removes a wide range of human tissue including tooth enamel (the hardest substance in the body) and soft tissue (gum tissue) with no heat and no pain in most cases.

What are the benefits of the Hydrokinetic laser?

  • Heat and vibration are the causes of most of the pain associated with the drill. Since Hydrokinetic cutting does not transmit heat or vibration, MOST DENTAL PROCEDURES CAN BE PERFORMED WITH NO PAIN, VIRTUALLY ELIMINATING THE NEED FOR ANESTHESIA IN MOST CASES.
  • The laser's pinpoint accuracy is precise enough that your dentist can leave behind as much healthy tooth structure as possible, allowing you to keep your own teeth longer.
  • It effectively performs numerous soft tissue (gums) procedures with little or no bleeding. The laser gives your dentist a new high-tech tool for many procedures that previously required referral to a specialist. Now you can have them performed during your scheduled appointment.
  • It avoids many common problems of the high speed drill, including cracks in the teeth from the vibration and rapid turning of the drill burs which can weaken your teeth and can create future problems. The laser sterilizes as it cuts, leaving less chance for bacterial contamination.
  • The Waterlase™ prepares your teeth in a way that maximizes the bonding of tooth colored fillings, allowing them to last longer.

Waterlase™ vs. Drill
The high speed dental drill may cause a "smear layer", which is a layer of dead organic material. The Waterlase™ creates cuts with NO smear layer, providing a better surface for bonding, and allowing your filling to last longer.

Is the laser safe?
In the hands of Dr. Nurin, the Waterlase™ is as safe as other medical devices. With its 2 mm active range from the tip, the laser provides pinpoint accuracy, reducing the chance of causing damage to healthy tissues. The primary safety measure necessary during laser treatment is proper protective glasses.

What can the Waterlase™ be used for?

  • Decay removal
  • Cavity preparation
  • Reshape "gummy" smiles
  • General soft tissue procedures
  • General dentistry for enamel and dentin
  • Avoid being "numbed"
  • Avoid the shot and pain

What others have said about the Waterlase™?

  • "I was prepared for a couple hours of drilling and needles and not being able to eat or smile. But when I came in that day, I got through in 20 minutes instead of two hours.  I walked out smiling and had lunch with my husband without any paralyzation in my mouth. It was great. It's certainly what I would choose again.
    -- Bonnie Snow, patient
  • "If my dentist could do for the rest of me what he did for my teeth, I'd be a raving beauty at 65. My teeth look terrific! My laser smile is a great present."
    -- Anne Saldich, Ph.D., MFCC patient
  • "Ten minutes for the whole cavity procedure. No anesthesia was used. I felt nothing at all. I was delighted. I'm looking forward to my next cavity. I actually want to go to the dentist again."
    -- Jerry Deutscher, patient