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The Next Generation: Pediatric Dental Care with Minimally Invasive Laser Dentistry

By Dr. Trudy-Ann Frazer

Exploring Minimally Invasive Technology with An Exclusive Trial Program

I was first introduced to the Waterlase all-tissue laser at the Waterlase Exclusive Trial Program in Atlanta, GA where I attended the two-day training with a small group of local dentists integrating Waterlase technology.

We took a deep dive into laser physics, safety, and hands-on workshops with an experienced Waterlase clinician to help every step of the way. We had access to a training mentor during the entire process and they really took the time to teach us everything from the ground up – from laser physics to the actual protocols. I was surprised by the versatility of the laser as a tool for removal and sculpture of hard and soft tissue.

Waterlase Laser Dentist - Dr. Trudy-Ann Frazer

Patients Love The “Lightsaber”

I’ve been using the Waterlase iPlus in our pediatric practice for about a year now.  We primarily use the Waterlase for restorative procedures and soft tissue procedures like frenectomies. My patients love the Waterlase – or as they call it, the “lightsaber”. I was impressed by the level of acceptance with my younger patients and how often they say they didn’t even feel a thing. It especially made an impact with my more anxious patients who are afraid of a shot. This is one of the biggest benefits for me as a clinician – to provide better hard tissue treatments without anesthesia.

For example, I had a fourteen-year-old patient who was absolutely terrified of getting a shot. I was able to walk him through the procedure with the Waterlase and explained that we can take care of those three fillings in under thirty minutes without a shot – he was sold! Something about the laser being high tech really speaks to our kids, who feel special that they are getting such advanced and special care. I play it up and share my excitement for the laser, and it’s contagious!

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The biggest surprise of my laser journey has been the parents who have also been very receptive to the Waterlase. They often ask where they can find a Waterlase Dentist for their own dental needs or if our office would serve them too! Relieving parent fears is a large part of my calling, and one of the most rewarding benefits of using minimally invasive technology they can trust. I believe communication plays a huge role when it comes to educating parents about our cutting-edge technology and makes them more comfortable with the level of dental care we provide. My biggest takeaway is seeing a happy child and a relieved parent leaving my office.

Continuing Education

One of the things that are most important to me as a pediatric laser dentist, is to continue to learn and master new techniques with the laser. One of my favorite procedures is laser-assisted frenectomies. Since using Waterlase, there is a notable difference from the traditional scalpel – everything from better visual access, more precise and deliberate removal of just the tissue I want to target, less bleeding, minimal to no discomfort, and faster healing – I could go on… but the results are beautiful!

I had been having success with tongue-ties but wanted to learn more about complicated cases so I attended the BIOLASE Tequila and Tongue Ties dental conference in San Antonio, TX. This conference was action packed with fun and education, including several pediatric expert speakers from all avenues of care, including myofunctional therapists and lactation specialists. It was a fun and engaging learning experience, where we not only heard from these speakers but also had the opportunity to pick their brains and network throughout the weekend. We even did some hands-on workshops with the Waterlase. After the meeting, I felt more educated and equipped to treat more complex tongue-tie cases. 

The New Standard of Pediatric Dental Care

Our practice’s goal, and my personal calling is to “create a generation of kids who love going to the dentist.” We want to contribute to that generation by helping them be more educated and motivated about the importance of oral health while providing the best possible dental care. I appreciate the versatility of the Waterlase for being both a hard and soft tissue laser. It allows us to treat a variety of cases that help make our young patients happy about going to the dentist, and their parents more comfortable.

Ready to be part of the dental laser revolution?

BIOLASE is offering select dentists an obligation-free opportunity to integrate minimally invasive Waterlase laser technology into your practice. Visit the Waterlase Exclusive Trial Program to learn more!

Dr. Trudy-Ann Frazer

About Trudy-Ann Frazer, DDS

Dr. Trudy-Ann Frazer, affectionately known as Dr. Freeze was born in Negril, Jamaica and grew up in Stone Mountain, Georgia. She attended college at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama and obtained her dental degree at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. Due to her love for children, after graduating dental school, Dr. Frazer moved to Bronx, New York where she gained a Board Certification in Pediatric Dentistry. When she’s not helping beautiful smiles in the office, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking Stone Mountain Park, traveling, dancing and scuba diving!

To learn more about Dr. Frazer, follow her journey on Instagram @tinytooothdoc or see practice information below.

Pediatric Dentistry at Vinings, Dr. Faith Bates
3200 Highlands Pkwy SE #110, Smyrna, GA 30082