Clinique dentaire Caroline Provencher in Boisbriand is your leader in the area of oral health. Backed by more than 15 years of experience, our highly skilled team is ideally equipped to provide you with and dental services and advice. We offer the following services at our clinic.
How does a whitening treatment work?
Whitening at Home
We begin with your dental examination and cleaning, and ensure that all of your teeth are healthy. We then take your impressions in order to design your gutters. During the second appointment, we evaluate the colour of your teeth. We give you all of the information you need for home whitening.
Whitening at the Clinic
We begin with your dental examination and cleaning, and ensure that all of your teeth are healthy. We then take your impressions in order to design your gutters. During the second appointment, we evaluate the colour of your teeth, and then prepare you to receive your chairside whitening treatment. The first step involves drying your teeth and polymerizing them using a blue light. Once the first phase is complete, we apply a layer of gel on all of the teeth that require whitening. The gel is left on your teeth to act for 15 minutes, after which we rinse your mouth. This procedure is repeated several times.
In order to achieve the desired objective, chairside whitening is followed by home whitening. The procedure to follow will be clearly explained to you. Don’t worry. We will be available to answer all of your questions and ensure that everything goes well during your home whitening.
Dental Jewellery Application Service
Have you ever thought about dental jewellery to add a personal touch to your smile? It is extremely safe, and the jewels can be affixed to the tooth of your choice in minutes. It can also be removed at any time without causing any damage to your tooth. In short, applying dental jewellery is a very simple, painless procedure that poses no risk to your health. You simply need to learn more the materials used to create the jewellery and ensure that you are not allergic to them.
See what the dentist sees
An intra-oral camera is an instrument that allows for images from inside your mouth to be captured and displayed on a screen. It is approximately the size of a pen, and is very useful for educating patients and opening up discussions. With this technology, you can see what appears on the screen at the same time as us, which can help you to better understand the reason for the treatment plan that we propose.
In addition, the images are systematically saved in our computer system, so that we can follow the evolution of your condition. The intra-oral camera facilitates a more accurate diagnosis than conventional methods, because the lighting and size of the image can be adjusted, among other things. In practical terms, this means that cavities, fissures, defective dental restorations and other dental anomalies can be detected more quickly than with conventional techniques.
A dental crown is used to restore a decayed tooth that has been affected by a significant cavity or a slight fracture. Covering the top of the tooth like a little cap, a crown can be made from ceramic, porcelain, metal or a composite material.
Designing a Dental Crown
Designing and installing a dental crown generally takes two appointments. During the first appointment, the dentist files the tooth down in order to facilitate the installation of the crown. An impression is then taken in order to fabricate a customized permanent crown. Of course, the dental professional will install a temporary crown to protect your tooth until your permanent crown is ready.
During the second appointment, the temporary crown is removed and the permanent crown is set in place. The dentist will ensure that the shape, colour and positioning are right before cementing it in position. In addition to looking like a completely natural tooth, a dental crown also functions like a natural tooth.
The wisdom teeth are the farthest back in the dental arch, and sometimes refuse to emerge if there is not enough room. For the majority of people, their jaw is too narrow for full dentition. In such cases, the wisdom teeth can become impacted. Also, if they take too long to erupt, there is a risk of semi-impaction (inadequate growth). Most dental professionals recommend extracting impacted or semi-impacted wisdom teeth in order to avoid complications, such as pain, infection or crowding of neighbouring teeth.
Many different instruments are used for detecting tooth decay. Traditional methods include visual examination, dental explorers and X-ray detectors. However, even the combined use of these methods only detects half of the existing caries.
Thankfully, there is now a new technology that makes it possible to detect close to 90% of caries. KaVo DIAGNOdent is a luminous laser that quickly measures the degree of demineralization of the tooth and the bacterial activity in the area with unmatched precision. You will be delighted to feel no discomfort during the examination.
The canal is the space located inside the hard layers of the tooth, where the dental pulp is located. Endodontic treatment, or root canal treatment, is used to remove infected or dead portions present of dental pulp. The dental pulp contains the nerves and blood vessels required for tooth growth. Failure to treat this type of infection can lead to serious oral health problems. Fortunately, there are now techniques for treating this condition painlessly. The dentist will ensure that you feel completely at ease during the entire procedure.
Why get a root canal?
To avoid tooth extraction
To alleviate swelling and pain
To preserve the appearance of your tooth and the chewing function
Veneers to improve the look of your teeth
A dental veneer is a very fine porcelain or composite shell that covers the front of an unsightly tooth. More specifically, veneers are used to correct chipped, worn, discoloured or slightly misaligned teeth. They are also used to conceal an excessively wide space between two teeth (diastema).
In short, this type of restoration is a simple and effective solution for improving the appearance of teeth that are only slightly damaged. If the tooth has previously undergone a root canal structure of if the tooth structure is badly damaged, a crown is a better option, because it helps to restore the tooth’s required strength.
Implants are used to replace missing roots and to hold replacement teeth in place. They can be removable or permanent.
The procedure for installing a dental implant
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 acts as a solid base for receiving one or more artificial teeth.
Since the implant is integrated into the bone, it has almost the same attributes as a natural tooth. However, it is more fragile, and requires delicacy when brushing and flossing. It is important to gently brush all of the implant’s surfaces. A toothbrush with longer bristles will allow thorough cleaning of the implant’s rear surface. It is also recommended that you floss gently at least once per day. Of course, it is important to be doubly careful at the junction of the implant and the gum. A floss threader may be useful
Implants are not suitable for everyone. You must have:
Excellent general health
A jawbone that is solid enough to support the implant
If the bony base no longer supports any teeth, it generally tends to become thinner. Therefore, the absence of teeth over a prolonged period may decrease the bone structure. The implant is integrated into the bone, so it is less likely that this reduction will occur. However, in case of shrinkage, the dental surgeon can perform a bone graft in order to facilitate subsequent installation of implants. Your dentist or dental specialist will confirm whether a graft is recommended in your case.
You should also:
Take good care of your implants
Undergo an examination by a dental professional frequently until the work is completed
Periodontics is a dental discipline that is dedicated to the treatment of the periodontium, which refers to the structures that support the dentition. Bacterial and parasitic infections are responsible for the development of periodontal diseases. It is important to visit your dentist on a regular basis in order to prevent, detect and treat these types of problems. If you are negligent in this regard, a simple case of gingivitis can turn into periodontitis, which can cause severe tooth infections that may result in extraction.
Sensitivity of teeth to cold
Red and swollen gums
Bleeding when brushing
Food that stays between the teeth
Receding gums and/or movable teeth
A fixed bridge is a permanent replacement for one or more missing teeth. The fixed bridge is held in place by teeth/implants beside the missing teeth.
Here are the advantages of a dental bridge:
It fills an empty space
It helps to avoid erosion of neighbouring teeth
It improves the mastication process and elocution
It prevents migration of the neighbouring teeth
It corrects occlusion problems
Most sports involve a relatively high risk of injury to the teeth or jaw. Although mouthguards cannot prevent all types of contact, they are very effective in reducing the risk of fracture and losing teeth.
In addition, a mouthguard designed by a dentist is custom-made, which means that it provides you with a higher level of comfort and stability, and allows you to talk and breathe normally.
Mouthguards help to significantly reduce the number of serious accidents involving the teeth and jaw every year. Every athlete should wear a mouthguard to avoid accidents that carry irreversible consequences.
Dental sealant is a fine coat of plastic applied to the occlusal surface (that surface that is used during mastication) of the molars or premolars in order to protect them against tooth decay. Many patients, and especially children between the ages of 6 and 14 years, have natural furrows on these surfaces, which facilitates the accumulation of dental plaque, and eventually, the formation of tooth decay.
Brushing the teeth twice per day is definitely a good habit, but the bristles on a toothbrush are generally wider than these furrows, which makes it impossible to dislodge all the bacteria during brushing. That is why the dentist seals recommends flattening of the occlusal surface using dental sealant for some patients.
In short, any patient who is susceptible to the formation of decay on the molars or premolars should discuss this option with a dentist. You never know. Using dental sealant may prevent you from suffering multiple tooth decay!