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Inside Bulloch Business with Jan Moore - New technology makes for a happy dentist
Jan Moore

      According to a new survey, only 45 percent of Americans are satisfied with their work. "It says something troubling about work in America. It is not about the business cycle or one grumpy generation," says Linda Barrington, managing director of human capital at the Conference Board, who helped write the report, which was released last Tuesday.
      Barrington also said that workers who find their jobs interesting are more likely to be innovative and to take the calculated risks and the initiative that drive productivity and contribute to economic growth. I believe that whole heartedly, because I talk with people all of the time who love their work and are embracing the latest technology available.
      One professional who fits that description is local dentist Dr. Richard Marz. He is jumpin-up-and-down thrilled about the Lares Powerlase® AT all-tissue, dual wavelength laser that he purchased last October.
      "This machinery/technology enables me to do so many things in a noninvasive way, most of the time without any anesthesia," Marz said. "What is unique about this piece of equipment is that it is a laser that can be used on soft tissue and hard tissue like tooth and bone. A number of area dentists have lasers that can be used on soft tissue, but I am fairly certain that there isn't another laser that is able to be used on hard tissue in this area."
      According to Lares spokesman Dick Lindy, the nearest machine is in Atlanta and there are now about 700 machines nationwide.
      "I cannot tell you how exciting this is," Marz said. "So many things that are done in the dentist office are not ‘friendly' procedures. After a procedure, there is typically inflammation then healing. With a laser, you bypass the inflammation stage and go straight to healing. And, you don't have to have shots most of the time. There are some occasions where a patient might need to be anesthesized with a shot, but really, most of the time, not."
      So, being the cynic that I am, I asked Marz if a patient would need a shot to have a cavity filled. "No, most likely not," he said. "It is just amazing. And, it keeps a dentist from having to do aggressive tooth removal for the purposes of restoration. Also, it sterilizes the area around where you are working."
      Does this sound like a guy who doesn't like his job? I should say not.
      "This particular device has so much power, it is unbelievable," Marz said. "The technology has arrived. I don't want people to think necessarily that it makes things go a lot quicker most of the time. With soft tissue and periodontal surgery, it can make things go faster, but not necessarily on procedures involving hard tissue."
      "The important factor is that it makes for a much better procedure for the patient, and that is wonderful. While the laser does not replace the dental drill in every case, when it does patients will love the absence of the drill whine and vibration."
      While it is clear that some folks aren't thrilled to go to work everyday, clearly some are. Those that are embracing technology seemed to be some of the happiest.
      So, until next Tuesday, I bid you au revoir.
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