We like to see our patients’ smiling faces every six months for a regular check-up and cleaning—and more often if their oral health is at risk because of tobacco or alcohol use, diabetes, pregnancy, poor oral hygiene, or a medical condition.
Detecting cavities, gum disease, and other problems such as oral cancer as early on as possible is key to treating them successfully. At Metropolitan Dental, Dr. Walters and Dr.Kaplan and their team of hygienists combine years of experience with leading-edge technologies in order to conduct the most thorough assessment possible of your teeth and gums.
In addition to a visual examination, we take digital x-rays of your teeth and jaw, if necessary, so we can tell in an instant if there is trouble brewing beneath the surface. Ours is one of the growing number of offices in Ottawa to offer this digital service, which reduces our patients’ exposure to radiation significantly compared to traditional x-rays.
While most dentists check for oral cancer simply by sight, we added the revolutionary VELscope system to our tool kit. This new screening device, which operates by using fluorescent light, has proven highly effective at detecting tissue abnormalities well before they’re visible to the naked eye. As we all know with cancer, early detection is crucial to saving lives.
A picture is worth a thousand words, so if we have a particular concern—such as an area of your mouth that needs extra attention when it comes to brushing, a cavity that has started, or an old filling that needs to be upgraded—we can show you exactly what we’re talking about with our intra-oral camera.
This tiny device makes it possible for you to look up and see what we see—on your overhead TV screen! This will make you a better-educated patient when it comes time to choose your treatment options.
So don’t be a stranger. The better we get to know one another, the better we’ll be able to work together to keep your oral health on track.