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Waterlase Laser Technology

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Eliminates the Need for Oral Anesthesia at Smile Wonders

If you think back to when you were a child, did you like going to the dentist? Times are different now, especially with Dr. Rishita Jaju’s Smile Wonders practice that specializes in pediatric laser dentistry. Here, kids can’t wait to come back.

“My goal was to create an office that gave patients and their parents a nice experience,” she said, while pointing out the various toys available for her young patients. The state-of-the-art, recently-opened Reston facility includes a kid’s play area with video games, a parent reception area with beverage bar, Wi-Fi and workstations, feeding areas for new moms, stroller parking, and personal movies with wireless headphones for treatment visits.

With the new practice came new technologies. Out went the old-fashioned drills and silver fillings, and in came the laser diagnostics and treatments that changed the way routine procedures were performed, illnesses were prevented and diseases were diagnosed, offering plenty of real benefits for young patients. “What surprises me is that although laser technology has been around for a while, many parents don’t know it is an option.”

“I can perform general dental treatment like fillings without local anesthetics, work on several areas of the mouth during the same visit, and children can go back to school or out to play right away.”

The Waterlase Laser

Lasers are now being used to detect tooth decay early, while it may still be invisible to the naked eye. “This allows us to create a plan for prevention rather than increasing the number of treatments.” Jaju is the area’s most specialized and qualified laser dentist, who provides the most minimally-invasive and conservative treatment options available using the Waterlase iplus 2.0.

There is no need for local anesthesia (no needles!)  with the Waterlase, which uses light energy combined with water to clean out cavities and repair gums. “One of the reasons we have pain when receiving fillings is because of the friction and its subsequent heat with a regular dental drill. With the Waterlase, the water cools the tooth while the laser does the work, so we no longer have to numb the mouth,” Jaju explained. “It transfers light energy to desensitize the tooth.”

This laser technology is as old as white fillings, but dentists have to make an investment in it and receive specialized training to use it correctly. Jaju reports that only about 15% of dentists use some form of laser in their practice.

Dr. Rishita Jaju herself is a Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist and has achieved the Advanced Laser Proficiency Certification from the Academy of Laser Dentistry. Her expertise in using Waterlase safely and effectively is recognized by the World Clinical Laser Institute with their highest Mastership Certification. She is recognized as a top pediatric dentist for children from birth to 18 and features in her practice minimally-invasive and comfortable laser dentistry and aesthetic treatments, with low-dose digital x-rays and an intra-oral camera to photograph teeth.

Yet, even with all the technological advances, she remembers it’s the patient’s happiness that really counts. “I value the patient experience more than anything else.”

As well as offering a full-service pediatric dental practice, Dr. Jaju is a specialist in craniofacial anomalies such as cleft lip and palate, tongue-tie/lip-tie and children with medical or behavioral special needs. As a TOP Pediatric Dentist, she is featured as a pediatric dental expert on TOP Doctors interviews on CNN, Headline News, FOX News, CNBC and Bravo. She has also volunteered as a team dentist for Operation Smile missions to Vietnam and India.

Rishita Jaju, MD: Loved by Kids, Trusted by Parents

waterlase1Dr. Rishita Jaju is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist. She has acheived the Advanced Laser Proficiency Certification from the Academy of Laser Dentistry.  Her expertise in using Waterlaser safely and effectively is recognized by the World Clinical Laser Institute with their highest Mastership Certification.

She received her specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry at Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC) in Washington, DC where she continues to serve as clinical faculty. She has been active in research related to newborn pain management, children with special needs and craniofacial anomalies such as cleft lip and palate, since her dental studies at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. As a CNMC LEND Fellow (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities), she gained a unique perspective into the lives and treatment of children with medical or behavioral special needs such as  Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Downs Syndrome, Neural tube defects, Epilepsy, traumatic brain injury and various genetic defects.

Dr. Rishita routinely receives referrals of even the most challenging cases from pediatricians, lactation consultants and other dentists. She feels blessed to have earned a range of professional accolades and the respect of her professional peers.

Smile Wonders

(571) 350-3663
11790 Sunrise Valley Dr. Suite 105
Reston , VA 20191