SURGERY

PREVENTION

ORTHODONTICS

AESTHETICS AND RESTORATION

SURGERY

Pulling wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth are the teeth located farthest back. If you don’t have enough space, they might not ever emerge. Since most people have a jaw that is too narrow to have complete teeth, most people have wisdom teeth embedded in their gums. When teeth take too long to emerge, they might even be interrupted (semi-embedded wisdom teeth).

To avoid possible complications such as pain, infections or crowding out neighboring teeth, the Alain Cyr Clinic opts for the systematic removal of wisdom teeth to avoid any problems.

Implant – prothesis onto an implant

Dental implants replace the root of a missing tooth. To avoid any form of complication, implants are made from titanium, a biocompatible material. Once it is inserted into the alveolar bone, an artificial replacement tooth can be set into the dental implant.

Which criteria make me a good candidate for an implant?

First of all, you need to be in good overall health. You also need to have a rather large bone structure that will house the implant. If your bone structure has grown weak with time, we will give you a bone graft so that implants can be possible. To do this, your dental profession will first proceed with an oral assessment and determine if this procedure is possible in your case.

Alloderm grafts

Allogenous grafts come from a donor, unlike autogenous grafts, which come from you. In dentistry, we use gum grafts either to counteract gingival recession or to prevent the possible loss of teeth.

Here are the advantages of allogenous grafts:

  • Single surgical location (only the receiving site)
  • Several sections can be treated simultaneously
  • No scarring at the surgical site
  • Minimal post-operation discomfort
  • More aesthetic results than with autogenous grafts

For more information about gum grafts, please ask for adivce from the staff at the Alain Cyr Clinic.

Conscious sedation (nitrous oxide)

Along with oxygen, nitrous oxide is very useful in dentistry to reduce the anxiety level of our most nervous patients. Unlike general anesthetics, sedation using nitrous oxide lets patient be conscious throughout the duration of the procedure.

Rest assured, this sedative agent has no risks for the health and is fully eliminated from your body shortly after the procedure. Also, even the youngest patients can use it.

If you have any questions at all about sedation with nitrous oxide, the Alain Cyr Clinic team will be pleased to provide you with further information!

3D scanning

For several years now, dental scanning has only grown in popularity. Indeed, the various technologies we use are now adapted to be used directly in the clinic. 3D scanning, in addition to emitting must less radiation than traditional tools, is actually much more precise, while also helping to considerably reduce the overall cost of implant treatments.

Nowadays, images produced by scanners are processed by software specific to implant treatments. In fact, they help to visualize the bone volumes available as well as any anatomical obstacles. As such, we can then accurately plan our procedures and ensure maximum comfort throughout the duration of the surgery.

PRF

We are pleased to offer our patients a cutting-edge technology that promotes healing. For most of our dental surgery procedures, a blood sample is taken and put into a centrifuge to produce a clot rich in fibrin and platelets and in growth factors. This is called the Platelet Rich Fibrin ou “PRF”. The expected goal of these growth factors is to accelerate scarring of mucous membranes and bone.

Many international publications are available to show the effectiveness of PFR: in oral surgery (implants, bone grafts, periodontal surgery, extractions, etc.), in orthopedic, aesthetic and dermatologic surgery. Nowadays, PRF is present and recognized all over the world.

PREVENTION

Periodontics

The Alain Cyr Clinic is constantly at the cutting edge of new technologies in order to optimize the quality of its treatments, using a laser to treat periodontitis (a gum disease).

With unparalleled precision, this laser eliminates infected tissues accurately in comparison with conventional methods, while providing a bio-stimulant (increasing the activity of bone cells and collagen fibers in addition to blood flow).
This laser also had the advantage of preventing inflammation after the procedure. It also helps to disinfect periodontal pockets while maintaining healthy tissue.

In short, to treat periodontitis, there’s nothing better than a laser for your treatment, which will be safe and without any pain whatsoever!

Digital radiology

For a few years now, digital radiology has replaced film-based radiology. This technology is highly accurate, giving an even more precise diagnosis. Unlike the older method, images are archived in the clinic’s computer system, allowing for more efficient follow-up with each patient.

Besides instant results and quick transmission by email to insurance companies and other dental professionals, digital radiology has many other advantages.

Including:

  • Radiation rate must lower than with film-based radiology
  • Ecological technology
  • Highly accurate diagnosis

Oral cancer

The VelScope technology is a platform that helps to visualize oral anomalies using blue fluorescent light. A variation of the color indicates the presence of cancerous or precancerous tumors. When in doubt, a biopsy will be performed to confirm the diagnosis.

We mainly use VelScope to detect oral cancers in their early stages. Given that science has proven over the years that the survival rate is much higher with patients treated early, we find that VelScope is a much-needed tool in our clinic. The patient feels no discomfort during the examination and this technology involves zero risk.

In short, VelScope is very useful to complete a conventional oral exam, thus helping to better detect anomalies that may appear in the oral mucous membrane, which are generally invisible to the naked eye.

Since your health is important to us, the Alain Cyr Clinic is happy to offer you a complete oral exam that may help to save your life!

Jaw pain

The joint between the lower jaw and the temporal cavity (in front of the ear) is commonly called the TMJ, or the temporomandibular joint. If there is disorderly function, you may feel pain or discomfort. Unfortunately, more than half of the population suffers from TMJ disorder, but only a small percentage will see a professional about it.

Vulnerability factors related to TMJ disorders:

  • Malocclusion
  • Problematic chewing
  • One or several missing teeth

Also, various external sources may lead to TMJ disorders: fatigue, jaw trauma, stress (frequent jaw-clenching), cold and humidity, gum-chewing habit or biting fingernails, playing certain musical instruments, underwater diving with a snorkel, emotional shock, etc.

If you think you’re at a risk of developing issues relating to TMJ, please share you concerns with Dr. Cyr – he’ll be happy to decide with you the best solution to your situation.

ORTHODONTICS

Orthodontic devices

For children ages 7 through 12, orthodontic devices are used to intercept dental misalignments. These devices help to direct growth in the mouth in order to prevent more costly, longer treatments and even surgery procedures in the jaw. Several types of devices exist for various dental issues.

Retainers

For major tooth misalignment issues, we have to use conventional braces. However, at the Alain Cyr Clinic, you can opt for metal or even porcelain retainers. We’ve made sure to choose retainers that are the easiest to maintain with the smallest diameters in order to optimize the comfort of your braces and to promote quick treatment.

Invisalign

This is the invisible orthodontic technology. Indeed, Invisalign is a concept involving clear shells that are made to order. Using software, the shells are carefully molded in order to reshape your tooth structure. The number of shells is determined depending on the movement that needs to be made. The success of this treatment depends on you wearing the shells, except for during meals, when they can be removed. For quick, effective results, the shells should be changed every two weeks.

AESTHETICS AND RESTORATION

Whitening

What’s involved in a whitening treatment with 1 session with at-home follow-up?

Beforehand, we’ll examine and clean your teeth in order to ensure that your teeth are healthy. Then, we’ll take your prints to create your retainers for the at-home whitening sessions.

At the second appointment, we’ll evaluate the color of your teeth, making sure they’re clean. Then, we’ll prepare your mouth for the whitening session in the chair. The first step involves applying a layer of gel onto your teeth that require whitening. The product will work for 15 minutes, then we’ll rinse your mouth and repeat the same thing 3 or 4 times, depending on the initial color of your teeth.

Veneers

Dental veneer is a fine film of porcelain or composite applied to the front of the teeth. We commonly use this to improve the aesthetics of incisors or canines that are chipped, misshapen or discolored. Some may opt for this solution in order to match a slightly misaligned tooth structure or to conceal an unsightly space between two teeth (diastema).

In short, veneers are used commonly to improve the aesthetics of teeth that are healthy, but whose appearance doesn’t suit the patient. If the structure of the tooth is destroyed or if it has had a root canal, it’s better to choose a dental crown to give the strength necessary to the tooth.

To find out more about veneers, please contact Dr. Alain Cyr.

CEREC crowns and inclusions

The CEREC technology is a computer-assisted technique to restore teeth with ceramics. It entails many advantages.

Including:

  • The restored tooth has almost all its original strength, thanks to the solidness of the material used
  • The restoration is complete in a single session
  • The result is highly aesthetic
  • The cost of fabrication is similar to that of restoration in an external laboratory.

For more information about dental restoration using the CEREC technology, feel free to ask the staff at the Alain Cyr Clinic in Boucherville.

The harmful effects of amalgams

Since scientific research tends to show that using dental amalgams entails some risk to the health, the Alain Cyr Clinic prefers to use composite and ceramic obturations made using the CEREC technology, which is still the best material to strengthen teeth.

Beside the unaesthetic appearance, the materials contained in amalgams (alloys of mercury and other metals) tend to expand over the years. This puts pressure onto the walls of the tooth, leading to the formation of cracks and making it more sensitive and very fragile. Also, this type of obturation doesn’t do anything to strengthen the tooth. This is why we feel that using ceramic is much more appropriate.

Full dental rehabilitation

Dental rehabilitation is an overall approach that targets all oral disorders you may be suffering from. The main goal of this discipline is to improve visual appearance while optimizing the chewing function. Also, relieving some pain (migraines, neck pain, poor digestion, etc.) will help you to enjoy better overall health. Dental rehabilitation helps to correct various problems, such as: malocclusion, misaligned teeth, missing teeth, maxilla-facial pain, chewing or speech disorders, bone resorption, etc.

Dental rehabilitation is divided into several stages. The dentist will first carry out a full examination, which will thus determine the patient’s expectations and properly understand the patient’s oral anomalies. Then, the characteristics and benefits of any possible treatments will be assessed and explained to the patient. Once the treatment process is underway, the dentist will make sure to schedule regular checkups. These are important because they let the patient be informed about the development of their dental rehabilitation.

Root canal treatment

Endodontic treatment (root canal) is used to remove infected dental pulp (dental nerve).

Endodontics helps to:

  • Conserve a tooth that the dentist would have had to pull for lack of appropriate treatment
  • Prevent the formation of a dental abscess
  • Conserve the dental root

For increased precision and a painless procedure, the Alain Cyr Clinic uses a laser to perform endodontic treatments. This innovative technique is also high appreciated by patients because the risk of post-operation complication is virtually non-existent and healing takes place very quickly.

For all details about laser endodontics, feel free to ask any of our staff!