New patients and emergencies are welcome.
Our multidisciplinary clinic is equipped with high tech equipment and offers quality services:
General and family dentistry
Extraction of impacted wisdom teeth
Mercury free filling
Crowns and bridges
Whitening (chairside and home)
Orthodontic (traditionnal and Invisalign)
Most insurances can be transmitted electronically.
The primary teeth are important. The child needs them to eat and to speak correctly. They also serve as a guide during the eruption of the permanent teeth.
All teeth must be taken care of as soon as the first tooth appears through the gum to prevent cavities. A regular dental cleaning to your baby teaches him early good habits of hygiene.
The two lower front teeth are typically the first to grow, usually at the age of six months. Don’t worry if your baby’s teeth are a little late. At the age of three, the twenty primary teeth should be apparent. You could verify the appearance of enamel regularly by lifting the lip of your child. A consultation may be necessary if something seems abnormal or if you have any concerns.
The first visit to the dentist should be around the age of 3. Then, it is recommended to visit the hygienist and the dentist every 6 months to detect or prevent problems and to ensure adequate hygiene. Dr Berbari can follow the growth and the development of the teeth.
It is always good to prepare the child before his visit to the dentist: Try story books and playing games. Prefer an appointment in the morning because the child is well rested. The visits will mainly consist a polishing of teeth, an application of fluoride and personalized advice of dental hygienist as well as planning of necessary treatments. In Quebec, some dental care such as fillings, are covered until the age of 10 by the Medicare insurance. Unfortunately, the cleaning is not covered.
Around the age of 6 years, the first adult molar will erupt. Dr Berbari will most likely recommend applying some sealants on them to protect against decay. A sealant is a resin which is used to fill the grooves on the top of the tooth, and combined with a good hygiene will prevent the development of caries. Some primary teeth will remain until the age of 12 years. Why bother to repair them if they are going to fall? Primary teeth are important because they help guide proper eruption on the permanent teeth. If a baby tooth is extracted prematurely, we will need to put in place a maintainer to make space for the permanent tooth. Broken or decayed teeth can become infected if they are not fixed. This can cause pain to your child. A filling is an easy and less expensive to overcome more serious problems.
Teens, just like everybody, should take care of their teeth and continue to visit the dental hygienist and the dentist every 6 months. Dr Berbari will recommend making the sealants on the second molars, such as previously advised on the first molars to protect them from decay. The most frequent problems encountered at this age are: gingivitis, tooth decay, problems related to the eruption of the wisdom teeth and misalignment of teeth.
Wisdom teeth (third molar) usually erupt between the ages of 16 and 25. For most people, the space available is insufficient to allow these teeth to erupt normally. A panoramic X-ray taken at your dentist can detect their presence and their position. With it, we can predict the time of eruption and if there is sufficient space. An impacted wisdom tooth occurs when the third molar is stuck under the gums due to lack of space. It is better to extract these wisdom teeth in the late teens or early twenties, otherwise problems may occur. They are subject to decay and cause periodontal diseases, infections and cysts. Extraction of wisdom teeth after 30 years is significantly more difficult and higher complication rate.
Food debris and bacteria may get trapped in the hollows and grooves of the chewing surfaces of the permanent teeth to form a bacterial biofilm (dental plaque). This promotes the development of caries. When the premolar and the second permanent molars finish their eruption (between 11 and 15 years approximately) and have deep grooves, applying sealants may be advised. Combined with a good hygiene, this treatment done by the dental hygienist or the dentist can help to prevent the decay of the chewing surfaces.
A healthy gum is pink, without swelling and is not bleeding when brushing it. However, hormonal changes and dental plaque can cause gingivitis. This state of gum is abnormal but it can recover quickly, thanks to good oral care. To maintain of good oral hygiene brush daily and use dental floss.
Teens, as with any patient, need to eat enough dairy products and each of the other food groups. Fruits and vegetables, as well as certain cheese are excellent snacks.
Frequent consumption of sugary foods and acidic drinks outside meals lead to the development of decay in teenagers, because young permanent teeth are less mineralized.
Therefore, they should be restricted.
We recommend visits the hygienist or dentist every 6 or 12 months. The dentist will make a dental exam that will detect caries, gums diseases or other conditions (oral lesions, wisdom teeth impaction, etc.). The hygienist will make a scaling, polishing and application of fluoride on the teeth and will give some advices.
Piercings are very popular. You should be aware of the potential dangers associated with piercings: local microbial infections, viral infections, trauma in the cheeks, tongue or lips, paresthesia, fractures, wear and loosening of teeth.
If you are considering a tongue piercing, we strongly encourage you to reconsider. However, if you want to do it anyway, we suggest few tips:
The mouth guard help to decrease the severity of certain injuries, such as fractures of the jaw or the teeth. Several models are available on the market. Those sold in pharmacies do not resist moderate impact and those molded in hot water lack of stability.
The best mouth guard are custom made by your dentist from imprints of teeth. These models provide great stability and can be strengthened on the basis of the requirements of the sport.
The main cause of bad breath are poor oral hygiene, dental problems (ex: tooth decay, abscesses, gum disease, etc), oral breathing, tobacco, foods, etc. A good daily oral hygiene, healthy habits of life, dental cleaning and professional care at the dentist on regular basis, eliminate a large part of the causes of the bad breath.