One of our most popular pieces of modern equipment is the plasma screens we have had installed on our ceilings.  The patients are very happy to have something to watch while treatment is being performed.  Patients are welcome to bring in their own DVD to if they so desire.

Patients frequently ask:  "Do I need a x-ray"?  X-rays are an integral part of dentistry.  The information we receive about the tooth or gum is vital to our ability to treat the tooth or mouth.  When we suspect a tooth of having caries (decay) we take an x-ray to confirm our suspicions.  Sometimes the tooth appears to be sound but the colouration may differ somewhat from other teeth in the mouth.  The x-ray sees through the enamel and shows us whether or not it is sound inside.  The decay shows up on the x-ray as a dark patch in the tooth.  We also take x-rays routinely (around every two years) just to check the interproximal spaces between your teeth.  The ones you cannot see with the naked eye.  The modern digital x-ray machines release approx. 90% less radiation than the older machines.  There is also no need to develop the film and the result is instanteanous and displays immediately on our computer screens.  Therefore the dentist can fix the tooth then and there in the one visit.  No need to come back later.  The environment is also a winner with the new digital x-rays as there is no damaging waste product from digital x-rays. 

Sometimes we will send the patient away for an OPG (Orthopantomogram).  This is frequently the case where wisdom teeth are involved or we need to see bone density results relating to periodontal problems.  This x-ray is a full scan of your mouth and jaws.  We can see if the wisdom teeth are impacted or not and whether or not you need to be referred to an oral surgeon for extractions.  OPG's are a great diagnostic tool for ascertaining whether or not implant surgery would be the right treatment for some people.

Happy Gas - has been used for a very long time in medicine for pain relief.  It is safe to use on Children and Adults alike and the effect wears off almost as soon as you cease inhalation.  Happy Gas is not safe for pregnant mothers.

Laser dentistry can be a precise and effective way to perform many dental procedures. The potential for laser dentistry to improve dental procedures rests in the dentist's ability to control power output and the duration of exposure on the tissue (whether gum or tooth structure), allowing for treatment of a highly specific area of focus without damaging surrounding tissues.

If you consider yourself somewhat of an anxious dental patient and are seeking extreme safety and comfort, you might consider looking for dentists who have incorporated laser dentistry techniques into their practices and treatments. It is estimated that 6 percent of general dentists own a laser for soft-tissue applications, with that number expected to increase over time.

As the applications for dental lasers expand, greater numbers of dentists will use the technology to provide patients with precision treatment that may minimize pain and recovery time.

Here are some of the major benefits associated with laser dentistry:

  • Procedures performed using soft tissue dental lasers may not require sutures (stitches).
  • Certain laser dentistry procedures do not require anesthesia.
  • Laser dentistry minimizes bleeding because the high-energy light beam aids in the clotting (coagulation) of exposed blood vessels, thus inhibiting blood loss.
  • Bacterial infections are minimized because the high-energy beam sterilizes the area being worked on.
  • Damage to surrounding tissue is minimized.
  • Wounds heal faster and tissues can be regenerated.

The application of lasers in dentistry opens the door for dentists to perform a wide variety of dental procedures they otherwise may not be capable of performing. Dentists using lasers in dentistry have become adept at incorporating the state-of-the-art precision technology into a number of common and not-so-common procedures.

Soft Tissue (Gum) Laser Dentistry Procedures:

  • Crown Lengthening: Dental lasers can reshape gum tissue (soft tissue laser) and bone (hard tissue laser) to expose healthier tooth structure. Referred to as crown lengthening, such reshaping provides a stronger foundation for the placement of restorations.
  • Gummy Smile: Dental lasers can reshape gum tissue to expose healthy tooth structure and improve the appearance of a gummy smile.
  • Soft Tissue Folds (Epulis): Dental lasers may be used for the painless and suture-free removal of soft tissue folds often caused by ill-fitting dentures.

Other Applications:

  • Benign Tumors: Dental lasers may be used for the painless and suture-free removal of benign tumors from the gums, palate, sides of cheeks and lips.
  • Cold Sores: Low intensity dental lasers reduce pain associated with cold sores and minimize healing time.
  • Nerve Regeneration: Photobiomodulation can be used to regenerate damaged nerves, blood vessels and scars.
  • Sleep Apnea: In cases where sleep apnea is a result of a tissue overgrowth in areas of the throat (which sometimes occurs with age), a laser assisted uvuloplasty or laser assisted uvula palatoplasty (LAUP) procedure can be performed to reshape the throat and relieve the correlating breathing problems associated with sleep apnea.
  • Teeth Whitening: Low intensity soft tissue dental lasers may be used to speed up the bleaching process associated with teeth whitening.  
  • Temporomandibular Joint Treatment: Dental lasers may be used to quickly reduce pain and inflammation of the temporomandibular jaw joint.

Diagnodent - little gadget that looks like a pen but is mighty in finding caries.  Even if it is not noticeable to the naked eye the diagnodent will locate the problem while it is still small resulting in less invasive treatment and less cost to the patient.

CEREC - This is basically a cad-cam computer generated model of your tooth.  The computer makes a 3D model of the tooth that needs restoration and then mills a tooth coloured very natural looking ceramic restoration to be placed in, on or around the tooth.