In order to maintain optimal dental health, many people must resort to dental restoration (cracked or broken teeth, tooth with a big composite filling, etc.). The Julien & Marin clinic is the ideal place to get this type of care since we master the CEREC technology, a ceramic restoration technique assisted by a computerized robot which allows us to design your crown or incrustation in only one session. As a matter of fact, after having taken a numerical impression of your damaged tooth with the help of an optical scan made with a 3D camera, the computer will model it so that it conforms as closely as possible to your natural dentition. It then proceeds to the grinding of your new tooth with robotic diamonds, offering you the most aesthetical result. Thanks to the CEREC technology and expertise, our patients can benefit from a permanent and personalized ceramic restoration in only a few hours.
In order to replace a missing tooth or to restore the structure of the tooth in the most natural way possible, your specialist will suggest an aesthetic and efficient solution: the installation of a crown. The latter (which could be compared to a cap) covers the damaged tooth that has previously been cleaned of any decay and cut back, thus allowing it to be protected and solidified. Shaped in a laboratory (from an impression made by your dentist), the crown is made from ceramic, an ultra resistant material that best reproduces the natural tooth’s appearance. Once crafted, the crown is either cemented to the tooth (to restructure a damaged tooth), or fixed to a dental implant (to replace a missing tooth). Crowns are not only used to improve your dental health, but also to make your smile more aesthetical.
In our dental clinic, we offer endodontic treatments. If you experience pain from an oral and/or dental origin, we invite you to make an appointment so that your dentist can evaluate the condition of your dental, pulpous and periradicular structures with specific examinations, and establish a diagnosis and a prognosis. In the case where he detects that the pulp is damaged because of an inflammation or an infection (caused, for instance, by deep tooth decay), he might recommend a root canal treatment (an intervention that consists of cleaning and disinfecting the infected canals inside the roots). This process enables the preservation of the tooth.
Dental Cleaning and Complete Check-Up
In order to maintain good oral hygiene, it is important to consult your dentist (approximately twice a year) so he can perform a check-up and a complete dental cleaning. During the dental check-up which consists of an inspection of the gums, the prostheses, the tongue, the palate and the inside of the cheeks, he will make sure that there are no infections or any signs indicating that there is a health problem. He also examines the condition of the teeth in order to detect if decay is present. Following this, the dentist can make a diagnosis and suggest an appropriate course of treatment. For its part, the cleaning (which is made before the dental check-up) allows to clean the surface of the teeth and at the same time, to eliminate plaque (a bacterial coating that accumulates on the teeth). This helps prevent the transformation of plaque into tartar, a solid deposit causing many periodontal ailments.
Dental obturations (commonly called “fillings”) are the most efficient way to repair damage caused by decay, as they restore the tooth to its normal shape. Following the local anaesthesia of the area where the affected tooth is located, the dental surgeon removes the decayed part by drilling, and then cleans the cavity in order to remove any bacterial debris. Finally, he fills the space with filling material (avoiding in this way the bacterial growth, and even possibly the worsening of the decay). There are many materials, including porcelain, composites (that match the tooth’s shade) and amalgams (mercury, silver, copper or zinc alloys). The choice of the type of obturation used depends on various factors: allergy, aesthetics, cost, etc. Since your dentist is the only one who can determine, during a clinical exam, whether or not you have decay, it is important to plan annual appointments.
Complete Dental Prosthesis
If the patient has no natural teeth left, the complete prosthesis (also called “dentures”) is the most common solution to solve the problem. It actually replaces the totality of the teeth, those of the upper as well as those of the lower jaw. Removable from the mouth in order to facilitate its maintenance or to sleep, it is kept in place by suction or with the help of dental implants. Based on the measurements and impressions, specialists are able to quickly devise complete prostheses. The latter presents acrylic resin teeth that imitate the natural teeth, as well as pink acrylic gums. In order to prevent plaque and tartar from accumulating on your complete prostheses, it is important to clean them thoroughly by removing them and brushing them with a regular or a prostheses tooth brush.
Partial Dental Prosthesis
Contrary to complete prostheses that allow the replacement of the totality of the teeth, the partial prostheses are, for their part, apparatuses whose aim is to replace one or more teeth. With them, the patient not only improves his mastication, his aesthetics and his phonetics, but also avoids any problem relating to a shifting of the adjacent natural teeth towards the space created by the missing teeth. Two types of partial prostheses are available to you: the acrylic partial prosthesis and the metallic partial prosthesis. The latter is generally preferred over the acrylic one as it is more comfortable (it does not compress the oral tissues), more durable and more stable. Designed from the measurements and impressions, it is made of plastic (for the teeth and gums) and of chrome and cobalt alloy (for the hooks that allow the prosthesis to stay firmly in place).