Does the “laser curettage” offer any advantages in treating periodontal disease?

In conclusion, The Academy is not aware of any randomized blinded controlled longitudinal clinical trials, cohort or longitudinal studies, or case-controlled studies indicating that “laser ENAP” or “laser curettage” offers any advantageous clinical result not achieved by traditional periodontal therapy. Moreover, published studies suggest that use of lasers for ENAP procedures and/or gingival curettage could render root surfaces and adjacent alveolar bone incompatible with normal cell attachment and healing.

Does the research on lasers support their use in periodontics at this time?

At this time, there is insufficient evidence to suggest that any specific laser wavelength is superior to the traditional treatment methods of the common periodontal diseases, such as periodontitis.

Does the Canadian Academy of Periodontology recommend the use of lasers?

The Canadian Academy of Periodontology (CAP) does not recommend or support the use of lasers in the treatment of periodontal disease. The CAP has adopted this position because long-term comparative clinical studies have not been completed on the efficacy of lasers in the treatment of periodontal disease. In addition, claims that laser surgery causes less post-operative pain than traditional surgery have not been documented with controlled clinical trials and therefore remain unsubstantiated. It is important to note that lasers have the potential to cause permanent thermal damage to bone and tooth root structure if used inappropriately. The position of the CAP on laser treatment is similar to that of the American Academy of Periodontology as set out in “Lasers in Periodontics”, which may be reviewed in detail at http://www.perio.org/resources-products/pdf/lr-lasers.pdf

Why should I choose Artek Dental Care? How are you different from other dentists?

At Artek Dental Care, we are dedicated to helping you achieve and maintain the best dental health possible.  Each patient is the sole focus of our attention during their visit. We allocate as much time as needed to listen to his/her dental problems and concerns in order to find a tailor made solution and provide our patients with the high quality of dental care. You will feel comfortable in our well-appointed clinic, where you can enjoy a beautiful view and quiet music while you receive gentle and attentive dental care. Our use of digital record keeping and diagnostic techniques ensures that patients are not kept waiting needlessly.

How often should I see a dentist?

The Canadian Dental Association (CDA) guidelines recommend visiting a dentist at least twice a year for a check-up and professional cleaning. Our office also recommends a minimum of two visits per year. Dental and gum disease have been linked to a number of health problems  including, but not limited to, heart disease, stroke and diabetes, which means your oral health can have a major influence over your total health.

What should I expect during my appointment?

During your first visit, Dr. Valerie Karn will ask you about your medical and dental history. Then she will examine your teeth, gums, TMJ (temporomandibular or jaw joint), and screen you for oral cancer. Our dental assistant will take digital X-rays of your teeth as needed. After we review your dental findings, we will discuss them with you. We will explore the treatment options available and help you determine the best plan to fit your needs. If you have any questions or concerns, Dr. Karn will address them completely and respectfully to ensure that you are comfortable with the proposed treatment plan.

How do digital x-rays (radiographs) work?

A sensor is placed in the mouth, and a computer generates an image. This takes approximately 30 seconds as opposed to the general 4-6 minute wait time for images taken on dental film to develop. The digital x-ray is viewed on the computer and its full screen size makes it easier for you to see. Digital x-rays provide us with important information about your oral and dental health. Also, they are eco-friendly as they do not require chemicals to develop them like the old film x-rays.

Are digital X-rays safe?

While radiographic equipment does produce radiation, modern advances in technology have greatly reduced the amount of radiation that is producing. In fact, studies have shown that the amount of radiation produced by these machines is not much higher than other “normal” sources of radiation that we are exposed to on perhaps a daily basis, such as televisions and airplanes. Digital radiographs reduce a patient’s radiation exposure by up to 80 percent.

Is your facility handicap-accessible?

Yes, our office is handicap-friendly, with ramps, wide doorways and hallways, spacious exam rooms, and a washroom with a grab bar. Please contact our office if you have any questions.

What if I have an emergency?

Please call Artek Dental Care at (403) 452-6868 as soon as you determine that you have a dental emergency. We will promptly find a suitable time slot for you in our schedule.

  • I've been going to Artek Dental Care for the past four years and have always been satisfied with Dr. Karn. If you're looking for a dentist that you can trust, I would recommend Artek Dental Care. I found them to be very professional and felt that they always had my best interests in mind as their patient. I wish them all the best going forward!

    Cyrus Towfighi

  • I have been Dr. Karn’s patient since 2005 and I’m also with ARTEK Dental from day one.

    Alex Kishkovich

  • I just want to THANK YOU for great and pleasant service!!!

    Vlad Glazounov

  • Our family has been seen by Dr. Karn for several appointments during the past year.

    The Roach Family

  • I would like to take a moment to commend the excellent work that you do. It is so seldom that one finds such fine care in the world today.

    Daniel Lane

  • I highly recommend this clinic to everybody, including little kids! Very positive and very comfortable environment in the clinic is combined with a high level professionalism of people who work there. Doctor Valerie is just an amazing DOCTOR!


  • I take dental health extremely seriously and have had a few dentists throughout my life. But as long as Dr. Karn has her practice, I will not go anywhere else.

    Dmitri Lassenko

  • I would highly recommend Artek Dental Care. As someone who has had previous bad stories with other dental practices, going to Artek Dental was the best decision I've ever made in terms of my dental health and overall experience. I have encountered a lot of the different dentists and have had different experiences with all of them. And Dr. Velerie Karn is my absolute favorite dantist. She is professional, has a wealth of knowledge, amazing manner and is so pleasant to be around. Dr. Andrew is equally as awesome. He is really patient, explains things in a way that anyone can understand and always takes time to answer all of my questions. I have become one of those people who looks forward to going to the dentist since I have found a practice I can truly trust!

    Josef Begelman