Lasers have come a long way since we were kids. Who would have thought the technology we knew as the weapon of choice for aliens bent on galactic domination would some day be used to fight cavities?
Whether the target is earthlings or tooth decay, lasers work by emitting a high-energy beam of light that vaporizes matter. Unlike the B-movie variety, dental and medical lasers are so precise they can zap damaged cells without harming surrounding ones.
This makes them ideal for delicate procedures related to your gums and teeth. Safe and pain-free, lasers not only minimize the use of the dental drill but also eliminate the need for freezing in most cases.
Metropolitan Dental is one of only a handful of practices in Ottawa that offer laser dentistry, and among the select few in Ontario equipped with a KaVo Key 3. Its built-in diagnostic capability enables our dentists to remove decay without affecting the healthy tissue, so as much of the original tooth structure as possible is left intact.
Lasers also reduce the risk of infection by killing the bacteria that cause cavities and sterilizing the exposed surface of the tooth prior to a filling or other restoration. They can also be used to desensitize teeth that are sensitive to cold.
Probably one of the best features of the Kavo Key 3 laser is its use for treating periodontal disease. Our hygienists have been specially trained to use the laser to treat problems from bleeding gums to deep pockets or spaces around the teeth where plaque and tarter build up and cause gum disease. This laser is so advanced over other lasers that it can determine what needs to be removed under the gums and what doesn’t. This way you get very conservative treatment that in the end is much easier and faster for you in the healing process. This is just one more way that we’re trying to ensure that you keep your teeth for a lifetime.
With laser dentistry, there are no incisions or stitches for soft-tissue surgery such as gum therapy and gum contouring or treatments for cankers and cold sores. Because the high-energy beam minimizes bleeding and disinfects the tissue at the same time , the healing process is also much faster.
We are able to provide the following services for soft tissue:
- Gum reshaping and contouring, often necessary for certain cosmetic procedures
- Periodontal (gum) therapy
- Removal of small growths on the gums or lips (treatment for cold sores)
- Removal of excess gum tissue which can cause “gummy smiles”
Hard tissue laser dentistry includes:
- Removal of decay (cavity) within a tooth
- Preparation for fillings
- Desensitization for patients who suffer from cold sensitivity
If you are interested in discussing whether the laser dentistry is right for you, feel free to contact us for more information.
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