Solea all-tissue laser reduces dental aerosols and splatter by up to 99.9%
Convergent Dental, Inc., developer of the industry-leading 9.3µm CO2 all-tissue Solea laser, has announced that Solea reduces dental splatter and aerosols by up to 99.9% compared to traditional handpieces. The finding supports recent guidance provided by the American Dental Association (ADA), recommending dentists to use clinical techniques that “reduce aerosol production as much as possible, as the transmission of COVID-19 seems to occur via droplets and aerosols.”
Two different measurement methods produced similar results, confirming that Solea creates between 97% and 99.9% less splatter and aerosols compared to the traditional dental handpiece. Dr Mark Mizner of Commonwealth Dental Group operated the laser and the drill for a series of tests in which extracted human molars were placed in a model of a human head and cut with each of the instruments. “This study confirmed what has been obvious to me since I first started using Solea in my practice,” said Dr Mizner. “There is virtually no splatter with Solea.”
Solea utilises 67-83% less water flow, 74% less air pressure, and cuts without contact, as opposed to drills, which cut by transferring mechanical energy at up to 400,000 rpm.
“Solea has always provided a better experience with drill-free, needle-free fillings and blood-free, suture-free surgeries. We are proud to add significantly safer dentistry for both doctors and patients to the list of Solea benefits,” said Michael Cataldo, CEO of Convergent Dental.