Lasers have slowly been incorporated into dental diagnostics and procedures, vastly increasing the quality and consistency of care. We started many years ago with one of the first soft tissue lasers to help with tissue management. Since then we have incorporated laser technology in many areas.
We have the most advanced laser designed for dentistry, the Lightwalker AT. It has revolutionized the way we practice. The applications are too numerous to list from fillings without freezing to snoring therapies.
As a patient, what you need to know is that many laser procedures are more conservative, less painful and heal faster. Truly minimally invasive dentistry. Biological dentistry at its best.
We also use lasers to take virtual impressions. Gone are the days of sloppy goop to take impressions of your teeth. We were one of the first practices to incorporate laser impression technology in Eastern Ontario and have recently upgraded to the iTero Element.
Mercury Free Fillings
There is no need to use mercury fillings or metal fillings at all. Our office uses mercury safe protocols, as outlined by the IAOMT to remove deteriorating mercury fillings. See attached link for information on the safe removal of mercury fillings.
The laser is used to remove all remaining fragments of the filling and stained tooth structure. It is minimally invasive and roughens and disinfects the surface to be restored. If the cavity is small we can restore it with a direct resin or plastic material. More damaged teeth require a lab fabricated restoration of either porcelain or zirconium.
Ceramic Dental Implants
Consistent with biological dental principles, we can provide non-metal ceramic dental implants as well as the conventional titanium implants. Implants are used as a fixed solution to replace missing teeth or to help stabilize a removable denture. The ceramic implant system we use is the CeraRoot system, the only system approved by Health Canada at the present time.
Root Canal Procedures
Root canal therapy is one of the most controversial topics in dentistry with many holistic practitioners cautioning against their use. Dr. Weston Price was one of the first dentists that showed that root canaled teeth harboured pathogenic bacteria that caused serious systemic health issues. Research shows that, indeed, pathogenic bacteria can be cultured from root canaled teeth. However, the heart of the controversy lies in the perceived or actual impact these chronic infections have on overall health. The Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario along with Health Canada maintain that there are no adverse effects of successful root canal therapy.
As a practitioner, I am aware of the controversy but need to address the issue one-on-one with each patient. Each patient presents with a unique health issue, clinical situation and health care philosophy. We are committed to educating our patients, protecting our patients, and respecting their philosophies towards health, before deciding on a course of treatment.
PIPS Laser Technique
If you decide that a root canal treatment is appropriate for your clinical condition, we take extra steps to ensure the root canal system is as thoroughly cleaned and disinfected as possible. We use a special laser technique that required a special license. It is called the PIPS technique, learn more about how it cleans at pipsdocs.com.
Further disinfection is performed with ozone infusion down into the roots, prior to obturation (filling the canal system).
Ozone in Dentistry
Ozone (O3) is a triatomic molecule, consisting of three oxygen atoms. Its application in medicine and dentistry has been indicated for the treatment of 260 different pathologies and used in Europe for at least 50 years. Using a medical grade ozone, it is a highly reactive form of pure oxygen, to create a curative response in the body. The body has the potential to renew and regenerate itself. When it becomes sick, it is because this potential has been blocked. The reactive properties of ozone stimulate the body to remove many of these impediments thus allowing the body to do what it does best – heal itself.
The application in dentistry spans almost everything we do from disinfection of dental waterlines (removes biofilms), extraction and implant sites, cavity prep areas, root canals among many others. For a more comprehensive review of how ozone works see www.oxygenhealingtherapies.com.
Current Therapies in Dentistry:
- Disinfection of cavities prior to placing fillings
- Re-mineralization of early cavities
- Infections of head and neck
- Periodontal Disease (pocket disinfection)
- Root Canal Therapy
- Enhanced wound healing (surgical extraction site disinfection)
- Soft tissue lesions
Also the American Academy of Ozone Therapy is one of the fastest growing groups in North America.