Townie® Poll

Lasers

Poll conducted from 1/30/2013 To 2/27/2013

Do you currently own a soft tissue diode laser?
1520 total votes
49%
Yes
51%
No
Would you use your soft tissue diode laser to decontaminate the root canal system (assuming it was an FDA-cleared procedure)?
732 total votes
58%
Yes
42%
No
What is your primary reason for investing in a new technology for your practice?
734 total votes
21%
Makes patient experience better/more comfortable
22%
Makes a current procedure more profitable/faster
6%
Provides wow factor/enhances practice/marketing
51%
Better/more predicable clinical outcomes
Do you think laser whitening will gain any traction in the market?
737 total votes
23%
Yes
77%
No
Which of the following is the biggest challenge for a soft tissue diode laser owner?
732 total votes
26%
Training
7%
Maintaining equipment
20%
Setting up for a procedure
5%
Explaining technology to patients
6%
Manufacturer Support
35%
I do not own a soft tissue diode laser
How frequently do you use the soft tissue diode laser in your practice?
726 total votes
37%
Do not own a soft tissue diode laser.
24%
1x per week or less
25%
2x – 5x per week
10%
6x – 15x per week
5%
15 x per week or more
What is your soft tissue diode laser primarily utilized for?
535 total votes
1%
Pulpotomy
80%
Tissue troughing, gingivectomies, and/or recontouring
14%
Debridement of necrotic tissue and/or decontamination (general or periodontal pocket)
5%
Implant recovery
1%
Biostimulation of TMJ
What is the greatest clinical advantage of soft tissue diode lasers?
586 total votes
60%
Ability to cut and coagulate (“bloodless surgery”)
18%
Ability to use on or around metals (eg. implants, brackets etc.)
4%
Sutureless surgery
13%
Increased Patient comfort
6%
Shallow area of tissue necrosis
If you were to receive training for a new soft tissue diode laser would you prefer to have:
660 total votes
41%
Lecture and hands-on training, eg., in a hotel.
13%
DVD training only.
20%
Webinar or online education or App (iPad or Android).
24%
Lecture and hands-on training with patients in a dental office.
2%
Written manual only.
If you already own a soft tissue diode laser, do you think you will purchase a second/additional one?
651 total votes
3%
Definitely (within the next 6 months)
10%
Yes (6 months – 1 year)
14%
No, I use a laser in one operatory only
43%
No, I move my laser between operatories
29%
Do not currently own a soft tissue diode laser
How do you learn about CE courses?
671 total votes
29%
Advertised on a website
23%
Advertised in a publication
37%
Direct mail/e-mail/flyer
6%
Tradeshow brochures, etc.
6%
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