Solea Laser FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Solea Dental Laser?

Solea is an isotopic CO2 laser that operates at a unique wavelength—9.3 microns—to deliver fast results whether used on gingiva, dentin, enamel, or bone. It produces a very narrow, intense beam of light energy that, when it comes in contact with tissue, is able to remove or reshape that tissue.

What can Solea be used for?

With Solea, we can easily prepare a tooth when filling a cavity so you can be in, out, and on with an even healthier day. Solea can be used on hard (enamel and dentin), soft (gums), and osseous (bone) tissue.

Does Solea hurt?

Our Solea dental laser lets us deliver virtually anesthesia-free, blood-free, suture-free, and pain-free procedures for both teeth and gums, from simple filling prep to complex surgeries.

Do I need anesthesia with Solea?

With our dental laser, Solea, 95% of routine procedures are done without anesthesia. This means less anxiety, less discomfort, and no more “fat lip.”

Can Solea be used on children?

Yes! Solea can be used on children and infants. Treatments like frenectomy procedures, which can be invasive and usually require general anesthesia, can be done quickly, comfortably, and without anesthesia thanks to Solea.

Are there risks with using Solea?

Solea is FDA-cleared as a CO2 9.3 micron dental laser—the first of its kind on the market. There are actually fewer risks in using a dental laser like Solea in comparison to traditional dental treatments. There is less potential chance of bacterial infection because laser treatments are so precise, and there is often far less bleeding during surgical procedures.

Is Solea accepted by Insurance?

Insurance covers the cost of Solea just like drill work. There are no additional out of pocket costs for Solea procedures. To know if a specific insurance is covered please contact a Solea dentist directly.

Is Solea pain-free?

The vast majority of patients report not feeling anything during the procedure, while others report a mild sensation of cold.

What dental procedures is Solea used on?

Solea is cleared to cut enamel (teeth), soft tissue (gum), and bone. Some procedure examples include: cavities, gingivectomies, frenectomies, aphthous ulcers, fibroma removals, crown lengthenings, and more.

Is Solea used for cleanings?

Solea is not a replacement for one’s hygiene check-ups.

How does Solea work?

Solea uses computer-controlled laser technology to smoothly, quickly, and safely vaporize the hard (teeth) and soft (gums) tissues in one’s mouth. For more information, click here.

Does Solea work with silver (amalgam) fillings?

In most cases, Solea allows the dentist to remove amalgam minimizing the loss of tooth structure.

Is Solea good for kids?

It’s great for kids. It’s faster, and most procedures are done without a shot, the drill or pain. Because there is no need for a shot, multiple procedures can be done in one appointment, meaning less time at the dentist. A child can go right back to school or eat right after their appointment because they don’t leave with a numb feeling.

I’m pregnant. Is it OK to use Solea on me?

Yes, it’s actually better since there is no need to inject a pregnant patient with anesthetics for the majority of procedures.

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