BIOLASE Announces Collaboration with Einstein Healthcare Network's Residency in Endodontics
Endodontic residents receive hands-on training with dental lasers to further education and foster easy integration into future dental practices
FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif., March 30, 2021 — BIOLASE, Inc., the global leader in dental lasers, today announced a pilot program with Einstein Healthcare Network’s residency in endodontics to train endodontic residents in the use of Waterlase dental lasers. The goal of the program is to offer residents hands-on experience with dental lasers that are already in use across the industry, allowing residents to immediately implement their training when joining a future practice.
“BIOLASE has a deep commitment to the endodontic specialty,” said John Beaver, President and CEO of BIOLASE. “It is important for us to live out our mission of advancing dentistry by empowering the next generation of endodontists from Einstein. We are honored to be part of not only the residents’ future careers by arming them with innovative technologies, but also the future relationships they will build with their patients by offering a less invasive and more positive experience.”
Einstein Healthcare Network’s residency in endodontics is one of the first hospital-based endodontic programs approved by the American Dental Association. The residency is a 24-month program that admits two residents each year, preparing graduates to practice, teach and conduct independent research.
“We are committed to actively seeking out ways to help our residents feel fully equipped to enter into endodontic practice after leaving our program,” said Frederic Barnett, DMD, Chairman of the Department of Dental Medicine, and Chair and Program Director of Postdoctoral Endodontics at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. “Partnering with BIOLASE to integrate laser assisted endodontic training early on in our residents’ careers allows us to tighten the learning curve, which can positively impact a practice’s bottom line and ultimately provide a better patient experience overall.”
The Waterlase dental laser offers various benefits for endodontists, from faster procedures to new treatment options. Educating endodontists about the benefits of dental lasers is part of BIOLASE’s continued effort to help improve patient experiences and outcomes. This announcement comes on the heels of the recently developed Waterlase Endo Academy, open to all Waterlase endodontists. Learn more about the benefits of laser dentistry in endodontics at biolase.com/betterendo.
BIOLASE is a medical device company that develops, manufactures, markets, and sells laser systems in dentistry and medicine. BIOLASE’s products advance the practice of dentistry and medicine for patients and healthcare professionals. BIOLASE’s proprietary laser products incorporate approximately 271 patented and 40 patent-pending technologies designed to provide biologically and clinically superior performance with less pain and faster recovery times.
BIOLASE’s innovative products provide cutting-edge technology at competitive prices to deliver superior results for dentists and patients. BIOLASE’s principal products are revolutionary dental laser systems that perform a broad range of dental procedures, including cosmetic and complex surgical applications. BIOLASE has sold over 41,200 laser systems to date in over 80 countries around the world. Laser products under development address BIOLASE’s core dental market and other adjacent medical and consumer applications.
About Einstein Healthcare Network
Einstein Healthcare Network is a healthcare system with approximately 1,000 beds and more than 8,700 employees serving the communities of Philadelphia and Montgomery County, Pa. The Network is made up of three acute care hospitals including Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, the largest independent academic medical center in the Philadelphia region training over 3,500 health professional students each year with more than 450 residents and fellows in over 35 accredited programs; Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park; and Einstein Medical Center Montgomery. The Network also includes MossRehab, consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a top rehabilitation hospital in the nation; Willowcrest, named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best nursing homes for short-term rehabilitation care in Philadelphia; outpatient care centers; and a network of more than 900 primary care physicians and specialists throughout the region. For more information, visit www.einstein.edu.
Making an Impact: Our Experience with Dental Lasers at Einstein’s Endodontic Residency Program
By Frederic Barnett, DMD
The postdoctoral program in Endodontics at Albert Einstein Medical Center first demoed the BIOLASE Waterlase iPlus in February 2021, when we launched a pilot program to train endodontic residents in the use of Waterlase dental lasers. The goal of the program was to offer residents hands-on experience with dental lasers and allow them to successfully implement their training when joining a future practice.
The BIOLASE training and hands-on session made it clear to our faculty and residents that laser-assisted irrigation was real and could enhance our clinical treatment.
We were trained on laser-assisted endodontic irrigation, as well as soft and hard tissue management. After our training, we also purchased the Waterlase Express unit and have been using both units non-stop.
Since integrating the BIOLASE lasers, our residents absolutely prefer to incorporate the use of lasers into their routine endodontic treatment. They found that these all-tissue lasers are seamlessly incorporated into their routine treatment protocols. Also, when a gingivectomy or plasty procedure is necessary, the use of traditional instruments used to result in a bloody field that can be challenging to manage. However, with the Waterlase, this is now a bloodless procedure.
Over the last few months, we continue to witness increasing benefits as a result of incorporating BIOLASE lasers into our endodontic program. Our residents appear to be more motivated than ever to perform endodontic treatments.
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For example, with Waterlase, we have witnessed more debris coming out of the canals than we had previously seen using ultrasonic activation methods. We have also seen more root canal anatomy demonstrated on their post-op radiographs than previously observed. This result appears to be directly due to laser-enhanced irrigation. The residents have also become more comfortable performing single visit treatmentsas we have not observed any post-op flare-ups to date.
The Waterlase has also made complex cases much more manageable. The first laser-assisted gingivectomy procedure that we needed to perform was on a tooth with very deep subgingival caries. The gingiva would bleed on probing, so we put Waterlase to the test. We could not believe how bloodless this procedure was! If we had not seen it, we would not believe it was possible.
Partnering with BIOLASE to integrate laser-assisted endodontic training early on in our residents’ careers allows us to tighten the learning curve, which can positively impact a practice’s bottom line and ultimately provide a better patient experience overall.
As we continue to learn and adopt new techniques, we plan to incorporate Waterlase in our endodontic surgical procedures in the near future. My only regret is that we didn’t incorporate Waterlase in our endo program sooner!
About Frederic Barnett, DMD
Dr. Barnett received his DMD degree in 1978 and his Certificate in Endodontics in 1981, both from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine. He received his Board Certification in Endodontics in 1988, has served as the Director of Postdoctoral Endodontics at the University of Pennsylvania, and is currently the Chairman of the Department of Dental Medicine and Chairman and Program Director of the IB Bender Postdoctoral Endodontic Program at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia.
Dr. Barnett has written numerous scientific and clinical papers and has lectured nationally and internationally on the Treatment of Endodontic Infections, Revascularization, Dental Trauma, Root Resorption and Contemporary Endodontic Treatment. Dr. Barnett is a Fellow of the International Association of Dental Traumatology, the International College of Dentists and the American College of Dentists. He received the Edward M. Osetek Educator Award in 2017 from the AAE and the 2018 Community Service Award from the Philadelphia Business Journal for providing endodontic services for the homeless in Philadelphia.
He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Dental Traumatology Journal, is a Director of the International Association of Dental Traumatology and a former Associate Editor of the Journal of Endodontics. Dr. Barnett has been in private practice in Endodontics from 1981-2011.