Laser-Tissue Interaction Short Video Review – Soft-Tissue Laser Education

Peter Vitruk, Ph.D., founder of the American Laser Study Club (ALSC), presents a short review of laser-tissue interaction as it applies to laser surgery in vascular tissue, including dentistry and other soft-tissue surgeries.

The video is a valuable resource for dentists and medical professionals interested in performing frenectomy (tongue-tie release) and other soft-tissue procedures. It delves into the nuances of laser-tissue interaction and showcases side-by-side video comparisons of different laser types, including Near-IR diode, Nd:YAG, Mid-IR Erbium, and IR CO2 lasers, performing a frenectomy. This comparative approach provides a practical perspective on the effectiveness and application of each laser type in soft-tissue surgeries.

Some of the questions answered in this presentation include:

  • What defines a GOOD soft-tissue surgical laser?
  • What defines the differences between ABLATIVE and NON-ABLATIVE lasers?

Surgical and dental laser wavelengths discussed in this presentation include:

  • Near-IR diode and Nd:YAG lasers (circa 1,000 nm)
  • Mid-IR Erbium lasers (circa 3,000 nm)
  • IR CO2 lasers (circa 10,000 nm)

Side-by-side laser frenectomy comparison in this video:

  • Diode laser: Slowest, good for deep hemostasis, but limited cutting ability.
  • Nd:YAG laser: Slow, painful, but good for hemostasis.
  • Erbium laser: Fastest, but poor hemostasis.
  • CO2 laser: Excellent balance of fast, precise cutting and effective hemostasis.

Conclusion:

The best laser in soft-tissue dentistry depends on the desired outcome:

  • Fast cutting: Erbium laser (but requires additional hemostasis measures)
  • Balanced cutting & hemostasis: CO2 laser
  • Controlled bleeding: Diode and Nd:YAG lasers (slowest and limited cutting)

Explore further into the world of laser dentistry with the American Laser Study Club’s upcoming courses and webinars. These educational opportunities are tailored to enhance your expertise in laser surgery, providing hands-on experiences and in-depth knowledge.