When you think of going to the Ottawa dentist, most think of regular cleanings. Scaling, polishing, and sealing are undoubtedly the most popular procedures dental patients are familiar with; a run-of-the-mill experience that rarely warrant much anxiety.
It’s the not-so frequent procedures that can cause many patients to lose sleep in the days and weeks leading up to an appointment. Decades of old wives’ tales passed onto us by our friends and family, combined with a lack of understanding concerning modern dental methods and technology, leads us to an impression of our procedure that is filled with pain and suffering. Our impression creates stress, anxiety, and dread up until the moment we finally get up from the dentist’s chair and realize our procedure was nothing like we expected it.
By learning the truth concerning common dental procedures and the methods available to reduce pain, increase comfort, and speed up recovery; you can be at ease as you relax into our dentistry chair for any procedure you may require. Triadent is here to help you develop a better understanding of some of the more common dental procedures we perform:
1) Pain-Free Root Canals:
Despite popular opinion, root canals do not cause severe pain. Not getting a root canal when it’s needed, however, most certainly will.
The idea that root canals are painful experiences stems from tales originating many decades ago, during a different era of dentistry. With limited technologies and much less refined methodologies historically available to endodontists (root canal specialists), root canals developed a dreaded reputation associated with pain and suffering. However, much to your benefit as a patient, today’s technological advancements and available anesthetics means that root canals no longer need to be something to scare you away from visiting the dentist and looking after your teeth.
The fact is that dentistry has had massive developments with respect to endodontic tools and techniques. It is now possible to perform root canals faster, more comfortably, more effectively, and with a significantly lower recovery time than ever before. While myths concerning the nature of root canals will continue to spread through popular culture, anyone that has had a root canal performed at Triadent can attest to the fact that the procedure wasn’t as daunting as they might have anticipated.
2) Gum Therapy
One of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults is gum disease. An infection of the tissue surrounding and supporting your teeth, gum disease is a slow and painless process that can ‘sneak up’ on most of those that experience it. Multiple factors, including; poor oral hygiene habits, smoking, and the regular consumption of sugary foods and drinks, can lead to the formation of calcified plaque deposits around the gums. These deposits are the source of gum disease, as they provide a home to bacterial toxins that infect your gums.
Removing these deposits is the first step to healing your gums therapy
and keeping your teeth where they belong. It used to be the case that doing so was a simple matter of mechanical force, where dentists would use a combination of scrapers and drills to remove plaque. Irritated gums are extremely sensitive, and as such this procedure once caused significant pain. Modern advancements in dental technology mean that this is no longer the case. At Triadent, we use ultrasonic scaling equipment, a tiny ‘hammer’ that vibrates faster than the eye can detect, to gently and effectively remove plaque. To guarantee a comfortable and pain-free experience, we also provide all our clients access to anesthetics and sedation depending on need.
3) Soft Tissue Laser Treatments
Few imagine that growing up to be a dentist means that you’ll get to work with lasers, but at Triadent, that’s exactly the case when it comes to treating earlier stages of gum disease.
While perhaps not as dramatic and exciting as a death-ray, soft tissue laser treatment represents the cutting edge side of dental technology. Triadent’s soft-tissue lasers are most often used for treating canker sores & herpes lesions in a much less painful way than alternative treatment methods.
Overall, soft tissue laser dental treatment generally leads to minimal needs for anesthetics, reduced bleeding, and reduced chance of infection and discomfort. Ultimately, this means spending less time with gauze in your mouth, allowing you to walk out of the office with a smile on your face!
4) Crowns, Bridges, Implants
Installing and living with dental hardware can be a daunting prospect to those without experience, but it’s made easier when you have the assistance of trained and empathetic professionals.
The field of implantology is a large one, with thousands of tools, techniques, and methods available to meet a wide range of dental needs. Navigating this discipline is the work of your dental professional, but even after they’ve presented you the options that can address your needs, selecting the one best for you and your lifestyle can still be a difficult choice.
Triadent considers the actual task of dentistry to be ‘half the battle’ when it comes to helping our patients. Any dentist can expose you to a range of options to meet your needs, but Triadent goes the extra mile to learn about your lifestyle, and offer input and insight regarding which options are best for you given your unique circumstances.
If you’re facing a situation that may require a crown, bridge, or dental implant, Triadent Dental would be happy to consult you on which option might be most suitable.
Triadent Dental works hard to ensure its patients feel at ease with making their next visit, regardless of whether it’s a routine cleaning or a more involved dental procedure. While not necessary for most procedures, Triadent is happy to offers its patients the option of sedation in order to make your dental visit a more enjoyable one.
Our reputation has been built around the idea of comfort and service. Not only do we invest in leading edge dental technology to reduce pain and increase comfort for our patients, but our entire staff operates every day around the idea of making trips to the dentist something our patients want to do. This is an idea entirely alien to most, but a simple fact-of-the-matter for all our patients.
If you are interested in the experience of dentistry offered by Triadent, we recommend you immerse yourself in what we have to offer. Whether it’s browsing our blog, get in touch with questions, or experiencing first-hand our unique take on dentistry with an appointment; there’s nothing stopping you from dispelling any ‘dental anxiety’ you might have with Triadent.