Dr. Safarian stays up to date with changing technology by frequently attending CE classes at his alma mater, the highly-touted Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies.
His practice, Irresistible Smiles, uses some of the most advanced, state-of-art equipment available in dentistry. Dr. Safarian has replaced stitches-requiring scalpels with more gentle soft tissue lasers, and he uses advanced 3D imaging that produces less radiation than traditional x-ray technology. Also, his high-speed electric handpieces are quieter than standard dental drills, so you can have a more comfortable experience in the chair.
It’s easy to look back in hindsight at previous medical practices and judge them as being misguided, even barbaric. Using leaches to cleanse the blood, treating depression with electric shocks, severing connections to and from the front lobe of the brain… all that fun stuff.
Soon enough, we might view scalpels the same way. When used for cutting soft tissue for a dental procedure, scalpels can lead to heavy bleeding, they may require ugly stitches, and they are more likely to swell up and hurt afterwards.
As laser technology becomes more advanced, they are sweeping lasers out the door of dental offices everywhere. It’s a cleaner, easier solution. At Irresistible Smiles, we only use soft tissue lasers for cutting soft tissue.
Belt-driven handpieces, like scalpels, are going the way of the Dodo.
The problems with belt-driven handpieces are many. For one, they’re less powerful. A lot of belt-driven handpieces only run at about 20,000 RPM, which can cut through enamel, but it isn’t remarkably easy. Top-of-the-line belt-driven handpieces could run closer to 90,000 RPM, which can cut through enamel like butter. But those handpieces are as loud as they are powerful, and if that belt breaks, watch out! It goes flying, and it’s liable to catch you in the face if you stand to close.
Fast forward a few years, and there’s now a better option than belt-driven handpieces: electric handpieces. They blow away even the best belt-driven pieces with speeds up to 200,000 RPM. This makes the work easier for the dentist, which translates into a more comfortable experience for you.
Unlike previous belt-driven options, added power to electric handpieces does not have to be accompanied by added noise. No, electric handpieces are relatively quiet, representing another bonus for you. Also unlike belt-driven pieces, and even newer and improved air-driven pieces, electric handpieces don’t vibrate that much.
That’s all good for the patient, you, but we haven’t gotten to the biggest benefit, which is this: electric handpieces make for quicker work, so you get to spend less time in that intimidating chair.
A lot of practices in California have similar technology, but few feature a dentist as accomplished as Dr. Safarian, who has the experience and skillset to make the most out of high tech.
If you have any questions about the equipment used at Irresistible Smiles, you can contact us at (858) 755 – 8993 for our San Diego office or (619) 656 – 6785 for our Chula Vista office.