Dr. T. asks:
Has anybody used the laser to do part of the surgery for dental implant placement? I would think that the laser would be very useful for making the initial incisions through the soft tissue at the implant site. An Erbium or CO2 laser could be used to create an initial channel in the bone for the pilot drill. It would seem to me that the laser could be of significant benefit to the surgeon. I am a general practitioner and I place my own implants. I would do anything I could to minimize the trauma of the surgical placement of implants. Are any of you doing this now? What are your results? Does this decrease post-operative discomfort? Does it heal more quickly?