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Dental sealant

Sealant is a fine coat of plastic applied to the occlusal surface (surface stressed during mastication) of the molars or premolars to protect them against tooth decay. Frequently these surfaces have natural furrows, facilitating the accumulation of dental plaque, which could end up as tooth decay. Since the furrows are generally finer than the toothbrush bristles, it becomes impossible to dislodge all the food particles during brushing. To alleviate this undesired situation, the dentist seals the furrows to flatten the occlusal surface and prevent debris from lodging there.

Dental sealant is strongly recommended for children between 6 and 14 years of age, especially when their molars/premolars have deep furrows. In general, children and adolescents are more at risk of developing dental caries. However, dental professionals sometimes prescribe dental sealant for adults who are more subject to the development of tooth decay.

Veneers

A dental facet is a very fine porcelain (or composite) shell that covers the front of the tooth. We mainly resort to facets to restore discoloured, deformed or eroded teeth. We also use them when a few teeth are slightly misaligned or to conceal an unaesthetic space between two teeth (diastema). In short, facets are very popular to improve the appearance of teeth when they are not too damaged. If the structure of the tooth is destroyed or the tooth has already undergone a root canal, a dental crown is preferable to restore your tooth’s necessary strength.

Fixed bridge

The fixed bridge is a permanent solution to replace one or more missing teeth. It generally consists of one or more artificial teeth fastened between two crowns, thus covering the entire edentulous area. The bridge is stabilized by teeth/implants located near the missing teeth.

Here are the advantages of a dental bridge

  • Fill an unaesthetic space
  • Avoid premature dental erosion
  • Favour the mastication process and elocution
  • Prevent migration of the neighbouring teeth

Wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth are the teeth farthest back in the dental arcades and sometimes refuse to emerge. To benefit from complete dentition, the back of the jaw should have sufficient growth. However, since most people’s jaws do not allow the required space, the wisdom teeth cannot erupt. To summarize, if the growth of the jaw is inadequate, the wisdom teeth will remain impacted. If they take too long to erupt, they are very likely to be semi-impacted (they only superficially erupt through the gum). Most dental professionals consider that it is wise to extract wisdom teeth that cause complications. Pain, an infection, or crowding of neighbouring teeth can all be avoided by extraction.

Invisalign

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment very popular with patients who want to correct the alignment of their teeth in total discretion. Invisalign not only has esthetic advantages, but provides maximum comfort. Invisalign is completely translucent. It has no wires or rings and contains no metal, which are frequent causes of irritation of the mucous membrane.

What does orthodontic treatment with Invisalign gutter involve?

To begin with ClinCheck® software creates a virtual 3D model of your dentition. This will allow the dentist to visualize the series of movements your teeth will make during treatment. In other words, you will be able to see your teeth shifting, step by step, until the final result. According to the specific conditions of your dentition, Invisalign will make personalized gutters, which you will need to replace about once every two weeks. Your teeth will shift slightly with each transition, millimetre by millimetre, to regain the desired positioning.

Implants

Implants serve to replace missing roots and hold replacement teeth in place. They may be removable or permanent.

The procedure

  • Your dentist or oral surgeon inserts a small metal tenon in the jaw.
  • Over time, this tenon integrates into the neighbouring bone.
  • The tenon or implant serves to create a solid base to receive one or more artificial teeth.

Given that the implant is integrated into the bone, it has almost the same attributes as a natural tooth. However, since it is fairly fragile, delicacy during dental hygiene is essential. A toothbrush with longer bristles will allow thorough cleaning of the implant’s rear surface. It is also recommended to floss gently at least once a day. Of course, it is important to be doubly careful at the junction of the implant and the gum. A floss threader could also be useful.

Implants are not suitable for everyone. Here are the prerequisites:

  • Excellent general health
  • Healthy gums
  • A fairly massive jawbone to support the implant

When the bony base no longer supports the teeth, it is normal that it will tend to become thinner. The absence of teeth during a prolonged period could therefore reduce the bone structure. Since the implant is integrated into the bone, it is less likely that this reduction will occur. However, in case of shrinkage, the dental surgeon can perform a bone graft to favour subsequent installation of implants. Your dentist or dental specialist will confirm whether a graft is recommended in your case.

Your cooperation involves:

  • Meticulous care of your implant(s)
  • Frequent examinations by a dental professional until the healing process is fully completed

Intraoral camera

The intraoral camera is an invaluable tool for dentists, letting them examine the inside of your mouth in detail. Resembling a pencil, the intraoral camera detects and displays your gum and dental problems. These images can also be archived for later consultation.

Digital radiography

Digital radiography is replacing screen-film radiography. This innovative technique is very precise and allows even more specialized diagnosis. Contrary to the former method, the images are archived in the clinic’s computer system.

Digital radiography offers instant results, transmitted rapidly by email to insurance companies or other dental professionals. Patients are very relieved to learn that the radiation level is clearly lower than the level emitted by the conventional method. Moreover, because it eliminates the harmful substances generated by the use of film, digital radiology is a green technology.

To summarize, digital radiography is the preferred technique for a painstaking examination of your mouth.

VelScope (oral cancer detection)

VelScope technology is a platform that allows viewing of buccodental anomalies with a blue fluorescent light. Colour variations indicate the presence of cancerous or precancerous lesions.

Painless and totally safe, the VelScope is a state-of-the-art technology designed for early detection of oral cancers. Studies show that early diagnosis contributes greatly to increasing the patient’s survival rate. For example, a person who has received a Stage 1 cancer diagnosis has an 80% chance of recovery, compared to 20% if the cancer has evolved to Stage 4.

In short, the VelScope is very useful to complete the conventional oral examination, allowing better detection of anomalies appearing on the oral mucous membranes, which most of the time are invisible to the naked eye.

Centre dentaire Dre Caroline Tabi makes it a duty to suggest this examination, which may save your life. Your health is their primary concern!

Gingivitis vs periodontitis

The two gum diseases most frequently encountered are gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is defined as a slight inflammation of the gums and heals fairly easily. It is mainly caused by poor dental hygiene. Most of the time gingivitis is painless, but certain signs may indicate its presence. Bleeding during brushing or flossing, or dark pink or swollen gums are some of the physiological manifestations you could notice. Although it is benign, gingivitis must not be taken lightly, because it generally leads to periodontitis in the absence of intervention.

Periodontitis is caused by the presence of specific bacteria, developing inside periodontal pockets, which gradually destroy the tissues surrounding the tooth. If detected early, periodontitis is relatively easy to treat. However, if it is more extensive (e.g. deep periodontal pockets, loose teeth, etc.), treatment could be tougher. This is why you must never neglect the health of your gums and consult a dental professional if you notice the symptoms mentioned.

Laser periodontics

As you may be aware, laser has gained popularity in the past few years. It has been proved that laser allows increased elimination of infected tissue compared to conventional methods, while ensuring biostimulation (increased bone cell and collagen fibre activity and blood flow). Laser is also recognized for reducing inflammation and discomfort after treatment. It is also very effective for disinfecting periodontal pockets, while taking care to preserve healthy tissue. Of course, patients are delighted to find that healing is very quick, clearly faster than the techniques used previously.

Tooth decay

Tooth decay is an infectious anomaly that forms in the tooth. It causes a carious lesion of the enamel, the dentin or the cementum. Tooth decay develops following an imbalance of the oral bacterial flora. Concretely, the presence of bacteria, along with poor food habits and a deficient salivary and immune system, work together to cause tooth decay. A combination of factors contribute to its development, but regular brushing and daily flossing are essential to reduce the risk of formation of dental caries. Since an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, ask your hygienist about the dental hygiene techniques and measures to adopt!

Crown

A dental crown is used to restore a tooth damaged by major tooth decay or a slightly fractured tooth (far from the nerve). A crown resembles a little hat (generally made of ceramic or porcelain) that covers the top of the tooth.

To ensure the tooth is as strong as a natural tooth, the dentist must first push down a portion to stabilize the crown. Secondly, so that your crown is embedded perfectly in your tooth, dental impressions are taken. A few hours later, the crown is ready to be installed and the dentist can proceed to put it in your mouth. Once everything is well adjusted, the masticatory function and appearance of the restored tooth are similar to those of a completely natural tooth.

DIAGNOdent

There are several techniques for detecting tooth decay. The traditional methods can be summed up as visual examination, the dental explorer and the X-ray detector. The combined use of these methods would only detect half the caries.

A new state-of-the-art technology now offers the possibility of detecting nearly 90% of caries. Offering speed and unequalled precision, KaVo DIAGNOdent is a luminous laser that measures the tooth’s degree of demineralization and bacterial activity. In addition, KaVO DIAGNOdent is very safe, and you will not feel any discomfort during the examination

Endodontics

Frequently used to avoid dental extraction, endodontic treatment (root canal) serves to remove the infected, damaged or dead tissue from the tooth. The “canal” is the space located inside the tooth’s hard layers, within which a soft tissue (dental pulp) is found. The dental pulp brings together the blood vessels and the nerves that allow the tooth to form. The debris that infiltrates inside the tooth through deep caries, fissures or damaged obturations risks forming an abscess. An abscess appears because of infected dental pulp, which must be removed. Neglecting to treat an abscess may result in serious complications for your buccodental health. Fortunately, painless techniques exist. The dentist will ensure that you feel comfortable throughout the procedure.

In addition to eliminating the inflammation and discomfort, root canal will allow you to keep your tooth intact.

Alloderm gum graft

An allograft is a graft from a person other than the recipient. In dentistry, we mainly use it for the gums. In fact, some adults have a gum recession problem, which causes loss of teeth in the long run. To counter this problem, we resort to a graft.

Advantages of allograft vs. autologous graft (coming from the recipient)

  • Single surgical site (only on the recipient site)
  • Minimal discomfort after the procedure

Mouthguards

Most sports involve a risk of injury to the teeth or jaw, to a greater or lesser degree. Although mouth guards cannot prevent every injury, they are very effective in limiting the risks of fracture or losing teeth.

A mouth guard designed by a dentist is always made to measure. The level of comfort and stability is therefore optimized. In other words, wearing a mouth guard made by a dental professional does not hinder elocution or breathing.

Every year, mouth guards considerably reduce the number of serious accidents affecting the teeth or jaw. Every athlete should wear a mouth guard to avoid major accidents with irreversible consequences.

One-session teeth whitening with home follow-up

What is the procedure for one-session teeth whitening with home follow-up?

We begin with your dental examination and cleaning, taking care to check for the presence of dental caries and repairing them before whitening, if applicable. The dentist then takes your impressions to design gutters for home whitening sessions. During a second appointment, you receive your chairside whitening treatment, which lasts 30 to 45 minutes. Of course, this treatment does not involve any risk for your health and you will feel no pain during the whitening session.

To achieve the desired objective, chairside whitening is followed by home treatment with your personalized gutters. Depending on the initial colour of your teeth, we will determine the number of sessions that suits you (generally 7). For about 7 consecutive days, you will have the choice of sleeping with your gutters all night, or wearing them for an hour or two during the day, depending on whether you opt for the accelerated formula.

Don’t worry. We’ll be available to answer all your questions and will ensure that everything goes well during your teeth whitening. We always adapt the treatment to each patient’s special conditions.

Bruxism

Bruxism is an unconscious habit of clenching or grinding the teeth. In general, bruxism occurs during sleep.

Physical manifestations

  • Eroded teeth
  • Headaches
  • Buccofacial pain
  • Discomfort in the jaw or the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) upon awakening

Causes

The exact causes have not been clearly proved as yet, but stress and anxiety would play a determining role.

Fortunately, treatments now exist to control bruxism. For more information, ask our staff.

Realign your dentition the easy way with Invisalign!

Metal brackets and wires are being replaced by clear, smooth, plastic aligners that are comfortable and almost invisible.Efficient and minimally restrictive, Invisalign aligners are the best solution for patients who care about preserving esthetics throughout their orthodontic treatment.

At Clinique Dentaire Smiile Dre Caroline Tabi, we regularly suggest treatment with Invisalign molds, because we know our clientele will be charmed by the esthetic result!

How does Invisalign technology stand out from other orthodontic treatments?

To begin with, Invisalign molds are designed with ClinCheck® software. This creates a three-dimensional virtual model of your dentition. The dentist then can visualize the series of movements your teeth will make throughout treatment and see the final result. Invisalign technology produces translucent personalized removable molds, which you replace approximately every two weeks (the molds gradually tighten). Your teeth shift slightly with each transition, millimetre by millimetre, to regain the desired positioning.

Here are the advantages of Invisalign molds

  • Translucent (almost invisible)
  • Maximum comfort
  • Non-metallic and free of wires and rings (reduced probability of irritation)
  • Removable (during meals and brushing)
  • Gradual, gentle shifting

Wearing Invisalign molds is not painful in itself, but you’ll probably feel slight discomfort during the first three days after each new mold is installed in your mouth. Tightening is a sign the treatment is working, and that your teeth are shifting to their prescribed location

The duration of treatment with Invisalign molds will depend on the severity of your dentition’s misalignment, but the number of molds ranges between 12 and 48 in most cases. To evaluate the progress of your dentition, you must visit the dentist every 6 to 8 weeks. We can then inform you whether the treatment is working as it should.

For a detailed explanation of treatment with Invisalign molds, we invite you to contact Clinique Dentaire Smiile Dre Caroline Tabi at 450-688-2533. We will be delighted to introduce you to all the benefits of Invisalign technology!

Partial denture

Neglecting to wear partial dentures may seem harmless, at first. But it is important to know that several complications could occur if you refuse to wear them.

In the first place, a partial denture is very useful in favouring better digestion, because all the teeth are important in the mastication process. In a similar vein, without protection, the gums risk being damaged more rapidly, which can cause injuries or infections. Furthermore, in the long run, the denture helps prevent premature loss of your remaining teeth and/or their migration to the edentulous area.

Other services also available

Sleep apnea / Orthodontics / CEREC 3D / At-home whitening / Complete dentures / Implant supported denture