Tools of the trade: Gemini 810 + 980 diode laser

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dual wavelength laser

by Dr Sana Ajaj, Dental Care Guildford, NSW

The Gemini laser is a dual wavelength soft tissue diode laser. I’ve only owned it for the past few months but, so far, it has exceeded expectations.

What’s good about it

I like it because it can be used for multiple procedures, making your work easier and more predictable. It can be used for gingivectomies and for when a hole has been left for a while and the gum has grown into the cavity. It’s very effective during crown preps, giving a very clear impression for the margin. It can also be used to treat ulcers.

The unit is user-friendly and simple to use. It guides you through the treatment with a clear and easy-to-read screen. It’s a simple matter to switch between wavelengths, allowing it to be used in a wide variety of situations.

It cauterises very nicely. I’ve found this helpful with patients who have wisdom teeth with a bit of operculum. I can cut that area away and there’s no bleeding or a need for stitches. It makes all types of surgical procedures a lot simpler.

The unit sits on a bench near my chair and doesn’t take up much room. It’s important to follow safety procedures when in use. Everyone must wear safety goggles and the door to the surgery must be closed.

What’s not so good

I think it should be compulsory to undergo training before purchasing the unit. There’s an excellent one-day course available through the Australian Association of Laser Dentistry

Where did you get it

Henry Schein

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