It is recommended that you visit your dentist for a dental exam and cleaning every 6 months, regardless of your age. This routine examination plays a key role in the prevention of oral diseases. By acting preventively, problems are detected at an early stage, which saves you significant pain and more expensive treatments!
During the examination, your dentist will assess the general condition of your mouth including the teeth, gums, tongue. This evaluation will allow him to detect possible oral diseases upstream, to make a diagnosis and to offer you the appropriate care if necessary.
This service is offered by the dental hygienist who performs scaling to remove tartar and dental plaque accumulated since the last cleaning. This will be a good opportunity to give you advice on your dental hygiene habits and to answer your questions.
We will help you understand the treatments you need and offer you personalized solutions to the problems detected.
For your child’s first visit, you can make an appointment with the dentist within six months of the appearance of their first teeth or before the age of one year.
Tooth decay is a widespread disease that gradually destroys parts of the tooth. It develops over time by attacking the enamel and the dentin then the dental pulp and the nerves. Fortunately, your dentist at the Cousineau Dental Center can prevent their appearance and limit the extent of their damage.
In its initial stage, you will not feel any pain. Then as the cavity progresses, you may experience dental pain, the appearance of a black spot on the enamel, sensitivity to hot and cold, or an unpleasant taste in the mouth.
During your routine examination and depending on the stage of advancement of the cavity, your dentist will perform preventive care such as the application of dental sealants or an amalgam or composite restoration.
Root canal (or endodontic treatment) aims to save your damaged tooth, before arriving at an extraction and replacement of your tooth. The dentist will remove the infected dental pulp, then disinfect the internal canals of the tooth and fill them with an obturator material to seal them. Rest assured, the root canal treatment is not painful because it is performed under local anesthesia, and its success rate is very high.
Despite a high success rate, some problems can occur after the root canal treatment, such as the formation of a cavity on the treated tooth or a lack of sealing of the initial filling. In some countries, root canals are performed too quickly and this can also cause problems later on. In any case, at the Cousineau Dental Center, our dentist will know how to perform a canal retreatment. This consists of repeating an old root canal treatment which would have been more complicated and should be repeated.
If you have a toothache following a root canal treatment, you must treat your problem quickly, because if the tooth is not “retreated”, you could have more serious complications later.
If you have a badly damaged tooth or a missing tooth, know that you are not alone, it is a common problem among adults. There are several solutions such as crowns and bridges to solve this problem.
Dental crowns are used to restore a broken, fallen or devitalized tooth. Simply put, a crown is an artificial tooth that the dentist will put on your damaged tooth to protect it from further damage. You can resort to the use of a crown if a tooth must be protected, to cover a devitalized tooth or to cover a dental implant.
The bridge will replace one or more missing teeth surrounded by two other healthy teeth that will serve as pillars for the bridge. If the adjacent teeth are too damaged, the bridge can be placed on dental implants.
At the Cousineau Dental Center, we will evaluate all teeth. However, sometimes we have no choice and we have to perform a tooth extraction. A dental extraction is necessary when your tooth is diseased or badly positioned and can impact the teeth and adjacent tissues. We offer several treatments to replace your teeth, including dental implants, bridges, crowns or dentures.
Rest assured, a tooth extraction is uncomplicated in most cases. You must carefully follow postoperative practices to ensure proper healing. It is normal to have pain, light bleeding and swelling after the operation. Discomfort may be present for up to 5 days after surgery.
Wisdom teeth sit deep in your mouth and erupt around the age of 18 to 25. However for the majority of people, they have no place to come out and remain included, even semi-included (remaining under the gumline), which leaves an entry point for bacteria and increases the risk of infection.
For this reason, our dentists recommend that you have an x-ray examination of wisdom teeth around the age of 15 or 16. This X-ray will allow us to determine if an extraction is necessary or not.
A dental prosthesis can replace your teeth and gums, following an accident, poor dental hygiene or illness. Your dentist will suggest a partial or complete prosthesis depending on your situation. In both cases, be aware that the prostheses used are increasingly discreet and light.
A partial denture will be suggested when you have several missing teeth and the adjacent teeth are not strong enough to use a bridge. The partial prosthesis will consist of artificial teeth and clasps supported by the adjacent natural teeth. The complete denture will be used when you no longer have healthy teeth and will be maintained by suction in your mouth.
It is important to take care of your teeth throughout your life. Sometimes involuntary reflexes such as bruxism or sports activities can damage your teeth and affect your oral health. At the Cousineau Dental Center, we offer adapted solutions with preventive devices.
It is an unconscious grinding of your teeth mainly during sleep. This teeth grinding can have harmful consequences on your jaw, your joints and of course your teeth and gums. Fortunately there are solutions, including the use of a nightguard, which is worn at night to avoid friction of your teeth.
When you practice an extreme or impact sport such as boxing, soccer or even skiing, the removable mouth guard can attenuate any shocks and save you a lot of trouble such as a broken tooth, a cut gum or even a jaw fracture.