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Benjamin D. Oppenheimer, DDS

Thomas A. Martin, DDS

Benjamin E. Hauer, DDS

Our Technology


The Simple Science Behind the Odyssey® Diode Lasers.

The Odyssey® Diode Lasers are dentistrys most user-friendly soft tissue laser to date. With a simplified
control panel, the Odyssey® Diode Lasers feature the latest and finest solid state diode laser technology,
accurate power output and a consistent wavelength for smooth, precise, clean tissue modification.

The term laser stands for "Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation", which means a device that
produces and amplifies light. The wavelength of the light produced will determine what types of tissues can be
modified by the lights energy. Light waves that emanate from within the visible and near-infrared portions of the electromagnetic spectrum will be readily absorbed into body pigments like melanin in the skin, and heme found
within hemoglobin in blood. They will have virtually no affinity for water and thus, it wont be absorbed at the surface
as it enters soft tissues. Wave lengths located within the mid to far infrared range are attracted to water and the Hydroxyapatite crystals that are found within bone and teeth. Thus, these wave lengths are primarily used in hard
tissue lasers. With a frequency of 810+/-20 nanometers, the Odyssey Diode Lasers wave length falls into
the lower end of the near-infrared spectrum, making it suitable for soft-tissue applications.

Laser light can be emitted in either a continuous or pulsed temporal mode and the Odyssey Diode Lasers are
designed to deliver both. Lasers require a power supply and an active medium in order to produce light. Dental
lasers employ different active mediums such as the man made rods found in the YAG lasers, liquids, gases
or solid state semi-conductor crystals like those found in diodes. The Odyssey Diode Lasers feature an
Aluminum, Gallium and Arsenide semi-conductor crystal that is activated or pumped when an electrical current
is passed through it, and it then produces an elliptical shaped display of monochromatic light. This light is then
focused into a very small thread of light and directed into a fiber-optic which carries it to the target tissue.
The resultant photo-thermal reaction results in vaporization at the cellular level.

The laser creates an intense beam of light energy that moves through a fiber optic cord. When it enters the targeted tissue, the energy is converted into heat as a result of the tissues pigmentation. A photo-thermal reaction occurs
that results in a much localized thermal effect causing vaporization (or ablation) of this targeted tissue, with very
little collateral tissue damage.

When using the Odyssey Diode Lasers, dentists or hygienists (in states where the Dental Practice Act does
not prohibit hygienists from using a laser) can change the mode of the laser (either pulsed or continuous wave),
the power in Watts, and the current status  such as ready or stand-by.

In the continuous mode, the laser energy is on continuously while the laser is activated. In this mode, the laser is
faster and more efficient when used by experienced laser dentists. In the pulsed mode, the energy flow is
interrupted by an electrical or mechanical shutter system. The pulsed mode is less aggressive and allows some
tissue cooling between pulses. Selection of the mode used is up to the discretion of the operator, but care must
be taken when moving from the pulsed mode with higher set powers to a continuous wave mode. Operators must
adjust the power downward when switching to the continuous wave mode.

The power of lasers is described in Watts which is the rate of doing work. One Watt is equal to 1 Joule per second,
and higher powers work faster. When the Odyssey Diode Lasers are used in the continuous wave mode, the
average power will be what the operator selects on the control panel. When used in pulsed mode, the pulse
duration and number of pulses per second have been fixed at the factory, so neither can be adjusted by the
operator. The average power will be half of the set power since the laser is only emitting energy half the time
when in the pulsed mode.

The primary use of a soft-tissue laser is the modification or removal of intra-oral soft tissue. The photo-thermal
effects of the lasers energy allow the operator to modify tissues and control hemostasis at the same time by
coagulation. The post-operative response of the laser care will usually produce a cleaner and healthier surgical
site with less discomfort when compared to alternative methods of surgery. Soft tissue lasers enable minor surgical procedures and decontaminate the area at the same time. There is less chance of infection, and some soft tissue
procedures around the gingiva can be completed without anesthesia.

The laser also promotes healing for infected and irritated tissues. Since there is a favorable response to laser
treatment, the resultant healing is less complicated and often shorter when compared to traditional techniques.
In many cases, the laser can also be used to treat deep gingival pockets that harbor bacteria and cause gum
disease. An additional benefit of dental diode laser technology is its ability to reduce the pain and longevity of
cold sores and fever blisters

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Doctors Benjamin & Julia Oppenheimer

of Williamsville, NY. We make beautiful smiles a reality. Quality dental care provided by Dentist Benjamin Oppenheimer and staff at our beautiful NY office. Providing a wide array of dental procedures including Mini Dental Implants Buffalo NY, Amherst Dental Implants Buffalo NY, Bonding/White Fillings, Crowns, Bridges, Veneers, Invisalign, Dentures/Partial Dentures, Amherst Teeth Whitening, KOR Whitening, Dental Hygiene Visits, Extractions, Braces, Root Canal (Endodontics), Inlays/Onlays, CEREC, Crown Lengthening, Sinus Augmentation, Soft Tissue Graft, Bone Grafting, Post Op Instructions, Mini Dental Implants, Dental Implants, Missing Teeth, Loose Dentures and many other services. All of this available in our convenient Dentist office in Williamsville, NY. Also Proudly Serving: Niagara Falls, Buffalo, Williamsville