Veneers are thin shells of porcelain. They are used to cover teeth that are discoloured, worn, chipped, or misaligned.
Veneers can make your teeth straighter and brighter in as few as two visits, giving you an amazing smile makeover. The results may be compared to instant orthodontics.
Porcelain veneers are a strong and durable treatment that can last ten to fifteen years and sometimes longer. They do not discolor or stain as easily as composite bondings, which make them an ideal treatment.
- At the first appointment, the dentist will shape and roughen the surface of the teeth.
- The dentist will then make and cement temporary veneers for the prepared teeth.
- At the next appointment the dentist will remove the temporary veneers, will clean and polish the prepared teeth.
- The dentist will then apply a special adhesive and will permanently bond the porcelain veneers to the teeth using a high-intensity light.
Do you have a cracked tooth? Does your smile need to be revamped? You may be a good candidate for dental crowns. Age, tooth decay, teeth grinding, misaligned bite, crooked teeth and fragile teeth due to root canal therapy may all be indications for dental crowns.
- A porcelain crown is the exact replica of a tooth. The crown can be an exact match for the adjacent teeth or can be whiter and straighter to improve aesthetics.
- The dentists of Dentiste A Laval take great pride in their state-of-the-art technique and materials used to make dental crowns.
- Your dental crowns will be made in 2 visits.
- At the first visit the dentist will prepare the teeth to receive the new crowns.
- The dentist will take several impressions of your teeth.
- The dentist will cement temporary crowns on the prepared teeth and will discuss with you the aesthetics of the permanent crowns.
- At the second visit the dentist will try-in the dental crowns to ensure good fit and aesthetics.
- The dentist will then cement the permanent crowns using a special long-lasting cement.
Porcelain Dental Bridge
A dental bridge is made of fine-grade porcelain, the same material as dental crowns. It is used in the case of missing teeth to bridge the gap between two anchoring teeth.
Dentiste A Laval takes great pride in our state-of-the-art techniques and materials used to make dental bridges. Your results will be very aesthetic, in most cases eliminating the unsightly black line along the gums that we see with most old dental crowns.
- Your dental bridge will be made in 2 visits.
- At the first visit the dentist will prepare the teeth to receive the porcelain bridge.
- The dentist will take several impressions of your teeth.
- The dentist will cement a temporary bridge on the prepared teeth and will discuss with you the aesthetics of the permanent bridge.
- At the second visit the dentist will try-in the dental bridge to ensure good fit and aesthetics.
- The dentist will then cement the permanent bridge using a special long-lasting cement.
Composite bonding is an easy, inexpensive alternative to veneers or crowns. Our team will use state-of-the-art technologies and techniques to reshape your smile in an affordable way.
Dental bonding can be the treatment of choice for various problems:
- Dental decay and caries
- Cracked and chipped teeth
- Discolorations, mis-shaped teeth and other aesthetic corrections
- Short teeth
- Spaces between teeth
- Exposed and sensitive dental roots
- The dentist will clean and prepare your tooth, removing any stains or cracks.
- A composite resin material, essentially a tooth-coloured plastic, will be bonded to the tooth surface and hardened with a special light.
- The new bonding will be shaped and polished to resemble a tooth.
- This will ultimately give your smile a cosmetic and natural appearance.
Zoom Teeth Whitening
Achieve a brighter smile in just 2 hours! One of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments, this state-of-the-art teeth whitening treatment will make your teeth many shades lighter. This procedure can help remove stains caused by wear and tear, as well as lighten teeth that have been discolored by foods, beverages, medications, tobacco, red wine and coffee.
Using a special patented blue light, this procedure is a quick and convenient way to achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. For many patients, this is also the first step in a smile makeover. Once the perfect shade is achieved, the dentist will match your new porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns or porcelain bridge to give you the smile you always dreamt of.
- You meet with the dentist and discuss the procedure and the results that can be achieved.
- The hygienist will take photos before the procedure.
- The hygienist prepares your teeth and gums for the procedure.
- The hygienist applies a special whitening gel and a patented blue light that will lighten the colour of your teeth.
- The hygienist reapplies the whitening gel to the teeth every 20 minutes for an hour.
- Once the whitening procedure is completed, the hygienist takes a photo of your new smile.
We also offer at-home whitening. For this procedure impressions of your teeth will be taken at the clinic. At a subsequent visit you will pick up your whitening trays. You will apply the whitening gel using the trays every night to your teeth for 2 weeks.
Root Canal Therapy
Do you have an acute and intense toothache? Is your tooth darker than the rest of your teeth? You may need root canal therapy. This procedure is indicated if you are experiencing a localized toothache, prolonged tooth sensitivity, a cracked tooth, swollen gums around a tooth, an abscess or pimple on the gums, or a dark tooth.
State-of-the-art technique and equipment will make your experience at Dentiste A Laval pleasant. With the extensive experience of Dr Bota and Dr Maia, you will find that a root canal treatment is no more unpleasant than a traditional dental filling. Sedation Dentistry options are also available.
Most root canal treatments will be done in one single visit. After the root canal therapy the tooth will remain fragile and brittle and is at risk for fracture. A dental crown or a dental bridge is indicated.
- The dentist will access your tooth infection and will clean it using vibrations and an antibacterial agent.
- The dentist will take multiple x-rays during the whole procedure to ensure complete disinfection of the root canal system of your tooth.
- Once the tooth is clean, the dentist will fill the root canal system with a standard filling material.
- The dentist will then restore your tooth with a crown or bridge, or temporarily with a filling.
Do you suffer from halitosis (bad breath)? Are your teeth moving? Do you have generalized toothache? You may have gum disease or periodontal disease. In fact, 75% or more of North Americans over 35 years of age have some form of periodontal disease, which makes it one of the most common infections today. It is also one of the main causes of tooth loss in adults.
What is gum disease or gingivitis?
If your hands bled when you wash them you would be concerned. Yet many people think it is normal for their gums to bleed when they brush and floss.
Swollen and bleeding gums are early signs of a bacterial infection of your gums. This early stage is called gingivitis or gum disease. It may be reversed with good oral hygiene and regular dental visits.
If gingivitis is left untreated, the infection will spread and destroy the structures that support your teeth in your jawbone.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is an infection of the bone and the gums. If left untreated, eventually your teeth can become so loose that they have to be extracted.
What causes periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria in dental plaque, when dental plaque is not cleaned adequately. The occurrence of periodontal disease is increased by a number of factors including genetics, smoking tobacco or other substances, misaligned or crowded teeth, braces, grinding the teeth, stress and medications.
Symptoms of periodontal disease:
- Bad taste that comes back after brushing
- Chronic halitosis or bad breath
- Black triangles between the teeth
- Gingival recession otherwise known as loss of gums height
- Pus between the teeth
- Loose teeth
- Toothache or gum ache
Recent research has linked periodontal disease to multiple general health problems:
- Atherosclerosis and heart disease — Gum disease may increase the risk of clogged arteries and heart disease. Gum disease also is believed to worsen existing heart disease.
- Stroke — Gum disease may increase the risk of the type of stroke that is caused by blocked arteries.
- Diabetes — Diabetic patients are more likely to develop periodontal disease, which in turn can increase blood sugar and diabetic complications.
- Respiratory disease— Gum disease may cause lung infections and worsen existing lung conditions when bacteria from the mouth reach the lungs.
- Osteoporosis- Studies suggest that osteoporosis may lead to tooth loss because the density of the bone that supports the teeth may be decreased, which means the teeth no longer have a solid foundation.
- Cancer- Researchers found that men with gum disease were 49% more likely to develop kidney cancer, 54% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer, and 30% more likely to develop blood cancer.
- The hygienist will do a thorough examination and will measure your gums.
- You will then have a consultation with the dentist who will explain the extent of your periodontal disease.
- The dentist will establish a treatment plan that is adequate for you.
- Deep cleaning or root planning of your gums may be necessary. The hygienist will clean the portion of your teeth above the gums. The dentist will clean the root of your teeth that is below your gums. They will both use vibrating instruments, as well as an antibacterial mouthwash to disinfect the gums.
Wisdom teeth removal
The wisdom teeth are the last molars in each corner of the mouth. They usually erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. Our human ancestors had larger jaws with more teeth to grind down coarse plants, but with evolution jaws shrank and wisdom teeth sometimes have no room to grow. This causes them to grow sideways, or become impacted, leading to numerous problems to adjacent teeth, including: dental caries, tooth and gum infections and periodontal disease. Sometimes it is indicated to extract them.
Speak to our dental staff for Sedation Dentistry options.
Have you been putting off years of dental work because the dental office makes you uneasy? Would you like to revamp your smile in a comfortable state of mind?
Dr Maia and Dr Bota are happy to offer sedation dentistry at Dentiste A Laval. For minimal sedation you can take a pill, also known as oral sedation. You can also choose to be sedated with Nitrous Oxide inhalation for a deeper sedation.
Who can benefit from sedation dentistry?
- Patients with fear and anxiety regarding dental treatments
- Patients with gag reflexes
- Patients with very sensitive teeth and low pain threshold
- Patients with Limited time to complete dental care or in need of an extensive treatment
- Children and most special needs patients who cannot cooperate during a normal dental procedure can also benefit greatly from sedation.
Sedation dentistry at Dentiste A Laval is not only powerful, but also empowering. Take charge of your dental health and wait no longer for that beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.
Do you have problems with loose dentures? Do you have cracked or broken teeth? Are you missing teeth? You may be a good candidate for dental implants.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
Today, dental implants are a good option for many people to replace missing teeth. A few conditions come into play: your general health and the general health of your mouth as well as the rest of the teeth. Smoking may lower implant success rate.
How long have your teeth been missing? In some cases, if you have lost the tooth a long time ago, there might be bone resorption. In this case a bone graft might be necessary before implant placement.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
- Next best thing to healthy, natural teeth.
Strong and stable, a dental implant restores a lost tooth so that it looks, feels, fits and functions like a natural tooth.
- Built to last.
Dental implants are a long-term solution. Traditional, tooth-supported dental bridges only last five to seven years, and with proper care often more than 10 years, but at some point they may need to be replaced. While dental implants may need periodic adjustments, they can last a lifetime when properly placed and cared for over time.
- Enjoy life without worrying about your teeth!
No need to stay home or feel uncomfortable in public, embarrassed because your smile looks different, or worrying that missing teeth will limit your ability to join in the fun or that removable dentures or tooth-supported replacement teeth will loosen or fall out when you talk, eat or laugh. Teeth restored with dental implants are teeth that let you, not your teeth, lead your life.
- Retain your natural face shape, and smile.
A face without teeth can sag and appear sunken and sad. Dental implants allow you to maintain the natural shape of your face and smile.
- Protect healthy bone. Leaving empty spaces in your mouth after losing one or more teeth can lead to additional health issues, such as the loss and deterioration of some of your jawbone. When it is not being used to support a natural tooth, the jawbone deteriorates, losing its strength and firmness. Dental implants are the only dental restoration option that preserves and stimulates natural bone, actually helping to stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss.
- Keep your teeth in your mouth – not in a cup.
Dental implants allow you to keep your teeth where they belong – in your mouth. And no more worrying that your dentures might slip or fall out. Brush, floss and care for teeth that have been replaced using dental implants exactly the way you would natural teeth – in your mouth.
- Speak easy.
Dental implants function like natural teeth, unlike removable dentures that make everyday words difficult to pronounce.
- Eat your favorite foods!
Taste and enjoy the foods you love without hesitation. Because dental implants function like natural teeth, you can bite naturally and eat virtually anything you want, unlike removable dentures that can feel uncomfortable.
- Keep teeth in place.
Dentures may slip when you eat, talk, smile, laugh, kiss, yawn or cough, so that you have to “reposition” them back into place in the mouth. Dental implants are fixed in place and fuse naturally with your jawbone, meaning your replacement teeth won’t move, click or shift.
- Protect your healthy teeth.
Placing a tooth-supported bridge requires grinding away the teeth on one or both sides of the missing tooth or teeth – thereby damaging healthy teeth to restore those that are missing. The modified healthy teeth are attached to, and support, the bridge. Dental implants go in the jawbone, in the spot where your missing tooth root was, without impacting healthy teeth. They also help prevent healthy, adjacent teeth from shifting as they would if an empty space were left for an extended period of time.
- More predictable than other repair and restoration methods.
Dental implant treatment has a track record of reliable, long-term successful outcomes and is often considered “more predictable” than other treatments to repair or replace missing teeth, including bridgework, removable appliances and retreatment of failing root canal (endodontic) therapy.
Are you tired of having missing teeth or dentures that do not fit?
Mini dental implants can be the solution for you!
What is a dental mini implant?
The dental mini implant is a smaller version of the standard implant: this is what makes it easier to install on a bony arch absorbed without a bone graft!
Made of titanium, these implants are a good alternative to standard implants. They are more effective when used for stabilizing removable full and partial dentures.
Combined with special fasteners, they form what I call a “SNAP” for anchoring the prosthesis in place. These mini-implants have the advantage of being placed in a single appointment and the patient may even eat immediately after insertion.
Moreover, this treatment is very affordable.
The mini implants are small, made of biocompatible titanium alloy, and are screwed into the bone without the need for an invasive surgical procedure. The immediate loading of implants is often possible in the mandible. The implant head is round and the attachment device contains an O-ring that acts as connection. The O-ring is placed on the head of the implant when the prosthesis is placed, and maintains the prosthesis at a predetermined level of force. If the prosthesis is in place, it gently rests on the gum tissue. Retaining facilities provide vertical flexibility and withstand extreme chewing forces.
Mini-implants: an affordable alternative to all budgets!
Your dentures are unstable but you fear the costs associated with the installation of dental implants? Never mind! There exists today a solution to accommodate a larger number of patients, who want to pay a lesser amount than conventional implants. It is of small diameter implants (mini-implants).
What are mini implants?
Like the standard implants, mini implants are used to replace one or more missing teeth to stabilize your dentures with a minor and rapid response. Specifically, it inserts a small titanium rod in the alveolar bone, which will retain the denture. Given the small size of these implants, they are particularly recommended in subjects with bone is narrower. Generally, we use it to stabilize full dentures to the lower jaw, as bone resorption is very severe. The instability of prostheses creates such discomfort that some wearers even avoid social events. And they rejoice to have an affordable solution to their current problem, inexpensively.
What are the main advantages of mini implants?
- More affordable than standard implants
- Very simple surgery, involving only a single appointment
- Accessible to many patients (despite a severe bone resorption)
- Slowing bone resorption of the jaw
- Improving your face in profile, the support of the cheeks and lips.
For information, please contact us for a consultation at DentisteALaval.com
Gum grafts describe a number of periodontal procedures in which gum tissue is grafted. The aim might be to cover exposed root surfaces or augment the band of keratinized tissue in the case of thin gums. The gum tissue can be taken from the roof of your mouth or from a donor. Another innovative technique is the Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation Technique or Pinhole Surgical Technique.
Reasons you might need a gum graft:
- You have sensitive teeth when drinking cold fluids or eating ice cream: Your gums might be receded and your roots exposed, which causes your teeth to be sensitive.
- Your gums bleed when you brush: you might have thin gums that cannot withstand the forces of brushing and need a gum graft to thicken the tissue.
- The roots of your teeth show when smiling: your gums may have receded and may require gum grafting to bring them back to their original state.
- Your gums are fragile after having braces: sometimes braces weaken the gums, making them fragile which makes them recede.
- At the first appointment the dentist will take an impression of your upper jaw to fabricate a palate stent.
- At the second appointment you will have the gum graft: after a local anesthesia, the dentist will prepare the receded gums.
- The dentist will suture the new graft in place.
- The dentist will discuss with you some simple instructions to follow at home for the next week.
- You will come back 7-14 days later to remove the sutures.
Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST)
If you have sensitive or receded gums, but are concerned about traditional gum graft techniques, the Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST) could be a an appropriate alternative. The PST is a scalpel-free, suture-free procedure for correcting gum recession. Through a small hole made by a needle, the dentist uses specially designed instruments to gently loosen the gum tissue and glide it over the receded part of the tooth. Since there is no cutting or stitching, patients can expect minimal post-operative symptoms (pain, swelling and bleeding).
Most patients also are pleasantly surprised by the instant cosmetic improvement. Typically the procedure takes 1-2 hours and you are back in action the next day in most cases. This technique is often referred to as the “lunch break gum rejuvenation”.
Snoring and sleep apnea
Do you wake up in the morning and feel as tired as the night before? Do you lack energy throughout the day? Is your partner telling you that you are a noisy sleeper? You may be suffering from snoring and sleep apnea.
Snoring might not be something we usually concern ourselves with (other than disrupting our bed partner’s sleep!), but loud and frequent snoring could be a sign of a more serious issue: sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a disorder in which breathing becomes very shallow or briefly interrupted during sleep. These pauses typically last between 10 and 20 seconds, and result in the affected person spending more time in light sleep, as opposed to the deep, restorative sleep our bodies need. This chronic sleep deprivation can result in daytime drowsiness, slowed reflexes and poor concentration, and can lead to more serious health consequences over time.
Your dentist at Dentiste A Laval can discuss several treatment options if you suspect you have sleep apnea, including tips you can start implementing right away, as well as dental devices that can help you breathe better at night.
At DentisteALaval.com we offer a range of treatments depending on your needs. We have the techniques and technologies to correct your smile at any age.
Some conditions can be corrected with removable appliances, especially if the malocclusion is detected at an early age .
We can place braces of different colors according to your preference : silver or white. The traditional treatment consists of braces on all adult teeth combined with elastics. It will be recommended to come and see your dentist regularly for oral exams and cleanings during the treatment.
Invisalign treatment or MTM
The MTM or Invisalign treatment consists of a series of clear aligners that gradually will position your teeth to smile you crave. This technology can be used to treat most adults and teenagers.
DSD-Digital Smile Design
The DSD allows for careful analysis of the patient’s facial and dental characteristics along with any critical factors that may have been overlooked during clinical, photographic, or diagnóstic cast–based evaluation procedures.
The Digital Smile Design (DSD) is a multi-use conceptual tool that can strengthen diagnostic vision, improve communication, and enhance predictability throughout treatment.
The drawing of reference lines and shapes over extra- and intraoral digital photographs in a predetermined sequence can widen diagnostic visualization and help the restorative team evaluate the limitations and risk factors of a given case, including asymmetries, disharmonies, and violations of esthetic principles. This improved visualization makes it easier to select the ideal restorative technique.
The DSD protocol is characterized by effective communication between the interdisciplinary dental team, including the dental technician. Team members can identify and highlight discrepancies in soft or hard tissue t and discuss the best available solutions using the amplified images.
Stages of treatment:
1)Photography + Digital Smile Design ( complete modelling in the computer )
2) The patient’s mockup is placed in his mouth (the DSD protocol and the wax model are in order to perform a clinical fitting)
3) Treatment acceptance : After patient approval, the restorative procedures can be adjusted as necessary. Tooth preparation should be minimally invasive, allowing just enough clearance to create proper space for ceramic restorations.
4) Realization and conclusion of the treatment with guaranteed satisfaction of patients! All of these steps are carried out properly and carefully which allows that final result will likely exceed the patient’s expectations!