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Hard & Soft Tissue Management Lasers Becoming More Popular

September 1, 2004
by Dental Practice Management


Toronto–Lasers (Hard and Soft Tissue Management) are becoming increasingly popular with Canadian dentists, according to results from DIAC’s (Dental Industry of Canada) Eighth Annual Future of Dentistry Survey. The number of dentists currently owning and/or planning to buy lasers has steadily increased over the past four annual study periods.

Study Year Currently Own (%) Buy In Two Years (%)
2001 1.5 5.9
2002 2.7 5.7
2003 2.5 9.0
2004 5.9 10.5

Lasers (Hard and Soft Tissue Management) are still growing in terms of current ownership as well as those planning to purchase within the next two years (which can be expected to fuel further increases in ownership in the future).

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Equipment To Be Purchased First % of Dentists Selecting
Digital radiography 31.9
Intra oral camera 19.2
Lasers (hard and soft tissue management) 9.8

Of those respondents who were asked to indicate the single item they would buy first in the future, Lasers (Hard & Soft Tissue Management) is now ranked third (9.8%) by Canadian dentists. While still behind Digital Radiography (31.9%) and Intra Oral Cameras (19.2%), the growing popularity of Hard and Soft Tissue Lasers is illustrated by their movement up the survey rankings over the past few years (from Number 5 last year and Number 9 in 2002).


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