KaVo Key 3 Laser

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.kavo-key-3

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.

Soft Tissue

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

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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  • Metropolitan Dental—Now Open

    To all of our valued patients of Metropolitan Dental:

    Hello everyone! This is coming to all of you with good news! We have finally received official approval to head back to work. We have been closed for almost three months. Needless to say we are all quite excited to head back to Metropolitan Dental and to once again see all of you for your dental needs.

    COVID-19 has been a very difficult time for all of us, including the shut down of dentistry across the province. We understand that many of you have been forced to wait for your dental care and we deeply appreciate your understanding and patience while we were closed. Your health and well being continue to be our highest priority as we carefully prepare and update our practice procedures. Please be assured that we will be taking care of you, just as we will be taking care of our families and ourselves.

    We know that our capacity of getting back to work will not be 100% initially, but we will be working hard to see all of you. We have opened our doors as of June 8th. We ask, unless you are experiencing an emergency, please wait for us to call you, instead of you calling the office. This will help to make our job of scheduling and re-scheduling patients easier. If you would like to email us to schedule or update an appointment click here.

    There are some new protocols that have been put in place by the Minister of Health for your next dental appointment, so we will be emailing these out to you prior to your appointment. These new screening processes are important for everyone to follow, we thank you for your co-operation.

    Once again, we thank you for your trust and patronage over the decades. Please remember as businesses continue to re-open, the DENTAL office is one of the cleanest and most sterile places that you will encounter. We have been working hard to ensure that commitment to you.

    We look forward to seeing all of your smiling faces again.


    Dr. Barton Walters, and Dr. Andrew Kaplan

    And the entire team at Metropolitan Dental

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