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Mouth guards are cooler than ever

Basketball player Stephen Curry, of Oakland California’s Golden State Warriors, refuses to play without his mouth guard. He feels that it helps him relax when shooting at the basket. Canadian tennis player Milos Raonic, who suffers from back pain, wears one to relax his jaw and improve the alignment of his spine. With these kinds […]

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Smile, it’s summertime!

The sun has finally arrived, giving you a big reason to have a smile on your face. Here are few seasonal precautions to help you enjoy your summer while protecting you from the season’s harmful effects on your teeth: Watch what you eat In the summer, we are all tempted to cool off with ice […]

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Proper hydration = health

This summer, remember to hydrate yourself. Walking, camping, sunbathing or playing sports are all summer activities in the sun quickly dehydrate the body, which affects your dental health. Drinking more water produces more saliva, which fights bacteria in the mouth and helps reduce the risk of tartar, cavities or gingivitis. Good hydration begins by making […]

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Dry mouth can be cured

Often mistakenly perceived as an unending source of discomfort, dry mouth (or xerostomia) is a real disorder with multiple causes and real impact. It may be due to: Taking medications that reduce the amount of saliva Chemotherapy treatments Sjögren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease associated with arthritis and lupus Age, as for some people the amount […]

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All-on-4 dental implants

Are your dentures painful, embarrassing or ill-fitting? Many people find it difficult to become accustomed to traditional mobile prostheses (dentures) that can make chewing difficult. With the patented therapeutic All-on-4 design, missing teeth are replaced by a full bridge that is supported by just four implants. This reduces the treatment time and provides more stability […]

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More probiotics can be good for you

We all know that probiotics are good for our overall health. New research shows that they are also valuable allies in preventing gingival inflammation. In addition to daily brushing and regular cleanings, it’s possible to prevent periodontitis by consuming probiotics, which are found in yogurt. The lactobacillus added to the most popular probiotic yogurt brands […]

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Do you suffer from tinnitus?

Up to 30% of adults—including 600 000 people in Québec—suffer from tinnitus. Tinnitus is the perception of noise, whistling, whooshing, buzzing or ringing in the ears. Whether temporary or chronic, these annoying noises are the symptoms of an underlying problem with your auditory system. There are two types of tinnitus: Objective tinnitus: This type of […]

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Dentin hypersensitivity and you

Did you know that one out of four adults suffers from dentin hypersensitivity or “sensitive” teeth? This is generally caused by receding gums and/or the wear of tooth enamel. Uncomfortable and often very painful, dentin hypersensitivity occurs when hot or cold food and beverages come into contact with an exposed root surface or the porous […]

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Your dental hygienist is there for you!

Your dental hygienist is a healthcare professional and, just like a dentist or doctor, is a member of a professional order. A dental hygienist’s role is to perform tasks that help to improve your well-being: an initial check-up of your mouth, tests, such as X-rays, and cleaning/removing tartar/polishing your teeth. Your dental hygienist can also […]

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Smoking and your teeth

It’s well-known that smoking is harmful to oral health. Smoking can cause: Cavities and gum disease: The cigarette’s tar and nicotine stimulate bacterial plaque that can develop under the gums. Smokers are three times more likely to have cavities. Stains and bad breath: Tar and nicotine can also stain the teeth’s enamel, which can become […]

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Apnea isn’t so quiet

Did you know that apnea, a sleep disorder, can affect your overall health? Poor sleep can cause headaches and chronic fatigue, affect your work performance and, in serious cases, lead to health problems, such as hypertension, diabetes, gastric reflux, etc. More than 25% of Canadians have issues associated with a high risk of developing obstructive […]

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Take advantage of the joys of winter!

Québec is a paradise for people who love outdoor winter activities. There is something for everyone. Whether with friends or family, dare to try a new activity in the city or countryside. A custom-made mouth guard is also recommended for activities without physical contact. Here are a few suggestions: Snowshoeing enables you to admire the […]

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Do migraines bother you?

Do you feel fresh and ready to go in the morning? Or are you uncomfortable because of a stiff neck, sensitive jaws and because you have difficulty opening your mouth when you wake up? Has it come to the point where you no longer pay attention because the discomfort has become the norm? If you […]

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Get some fresh air this fall!

When fall is at our doorstep, it can be very tempting to stay inside and avoid the cold. Yet, there are many benefits to spending some time in the great outdoors: Several studies show that outside air is healthier than air found in homes and buildings 10 to 15 minutes of sun exposure can help […]

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Dental avulsion: displacement of a tooth from its bone socket, with the root still intact

Do not let the tooth hang by the root. Do not brush the tooth. Do not clean or sterilize the tooth. If there is any debris, gently rinse the tooth under cold water. If possible, reinsert the tooth in its bone socket. Have the person gently bite down on a clean cloth or tissue paper. […]

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Mouth guards aren’t just for contact sports!

Custom-made by your dentist, a mouth guard remains stable in the mouth and does not interfere with breathing or speech. It significantly reduces the risk and severity of shocks to the mouth and teeth. A mouth guard also reduces soft tissue injuries in the mouth and the risk of broken teeth and jaws. It can […]

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How do you keep your natural teeth for your entire life?

To prevent the loss of teeth as you get older, you must maintain healthy periodontium. This includes the gingiva, dental cementum, alveolar bone in both jaws and periodontal ligament. By keeping this structure healthy and treating periodontal diseases as soon as they appear, you will be able to prolong the lifespan of your natural teeth. […]

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sleep disorders, insomnia, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, narcolepsy

Discover common sleep disorders, such as insomnia, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome and narcolepsy. Find out how each disorder is diagnosed as well as treatment options! INSOMNIA Insomnia is defined by trouble falling or staying asleep at least three nights a week for three months or longer. Its tell-tale signs are daytime fatigue, moodiness, and problems […]

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Replacement of amalgam

An amalgam can be replaced in a safe way using bio-compatible material. Once the amalgam, which is made of silver and mercury, cracks or if the tooth around it has fissures, it is possible to remove the amalgam in a safe way by using a dental dam and high-capacity suction. The bio-compatible material is made […]

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Bulimia and effects on teeth

Repeated vomiting can cause serious damage to the teeth. Bulimia is an eating disorder: people binge-eat large amounts of food, then they throw up, fast, or engage in some other harmful behaviour, such as using laxatives or exercising to excess to rid their bodies of all the extra calories. Vomit is especially toxic because it […]

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Cracked tooth syndrome

Cracked tooth syndrome is the term that refers to an incomplete fracture of a vital posterior tooth that involves the dentin and occasionally extends into the pulp. This patient from Outremont came to Prisma Dentistes with this condition and had the following symptoms: Discomfort to chewing Sensitivity to hot and cold Pain that came and […]

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A beautiful white smile for the holidays

With the Holidays upon us, many people in Montréal are making an effort to look their best. This includes having a beautiful white smile. Many of our patients ask us how they can maintain their smile radiant after whitening treatments. Our hygienist, Lina Dawli, at Prisma Dentistes warns of these 6 beverages which have the […]

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Teeth whitening and enamel recontouring

This patient from Montréal had consulted many dentists for a dental aesthetic treatment. He wanted a more conservative treatment than ceramic veneers or crowns. He opted for a whitening treatment at Prisma Dentistes with Dr. Francois Lechner. The patient also had enamel re-contouring performed. It was carried out using a composite material, which is very […]

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Dental emergency: tooth fracture

This Mont-Royal patient presented herself for an emergency appointment with Dr. Lechner following the complete fracture of her molar, which had an old amalgam filling. A zirconia crown was placed after the tooth was reconstructed using three dentin pins. Before: 3 dentin pins                       Before: Tooth reconstructed   […]

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Bruxism and dental sensitivity

This patient from Outremont came to see Dr. Lechner complaining of a generalized hyper sensitivity. We noticed a lot of wear on the chewing surfaces of his teeth and a loss of tooth enamel related to nocturnal bruxism (grinding teeth during sleep). The teeth were restored using a composite material. An occlusal splint was made for the patient to […]

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Dental whitening (bleaching): When and how?

This patient from Montréal had yellow teeth in various shades. Dr. François Lechner performed a bleaching treatment and added two porcelain veneers on the central incisors. The natural colour of teeth varies from grey to yellow depending on many factors. Teeth change colour naturally with age; however using tobacco products as well as consuming certain […]

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Invisalign and veneers: The power of plastic and CEREC

Here is a recent patient case that we Pre-Op : Man 27 years old Chief complaint: spacing on upper arch and small laterals Treatment: An orthodontic treatment using Invisalign Take-home bleaching with Opalescence 35% Two veneers to correct the shape of the laterals Results: 10 months Teeth are aligned, white and perfect! Congratulations to our satisfied […]

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Transform your smile!

Dr. François Lechner and his team at Prisma Dentistes would like to invite you to discover our unique approach to dentistry, with cutting-edge technology and a holistic focus on patient health and wellness. Find out more today about Invisalign treatments. Pain-free invisible orthodontia really does exist: treat yourself to the brilliant smile you’ve been dreaming […]

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Orofacial pain and TMJ pain: Here are the main musculoskeletal/occlusal signs What to look for ? (Part 3)

What to look for? Part 3 of 3: Signs (intra-oral) Crowded lower anterior teeth Wear of lower anterior teeth Lingual inclination of lower anterior teeth Lingual inclination of upper anterior teeth (Div. II occlusion) Bicuspid drop off Depressed Curve of Spee Lingually tipped lower posteriors Narrow mandibular arch Narrow maxillary arch (high palatal vault) Midline […]

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Orofacial pain and TMJ pain: Here are the main musculoskeletal/occlusal signs (Part 2)

What to look for? Part 2 of 3 : Signs (extra oral) Facial asymmetry bilaterally Short lower third of the face Chelitis Abnormal lip posture Deep mentalis  crease Dished-out or flat labial profile Facial edema Mandibular torticollis Forward head posture (Lordosis) Elongated lower face (steep mandibular angle) Speech abnormalities Do you have any of these […]

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Orofacial pain and TMJ pain: Here are the main musculoskeletal/occlusal signs

What to look for? This is a three-part article. Part 1 : Symptoms Headaches TMJ pain TMJ Noise Limited opening Ear congestion Vertigo (dizziness) Tinnitus (ringing in the ear) Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) Loose teeth Clenching / Bruxing Facial Pain (nonspecific) Tender, Sensitive teeth (percussion) Difficulty chewing Cervical pain Postural problem Paresthesia of fingertips (tingling) Thermal […]

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Porcelain veneers: Could they work for me?

Are you concerned about how your teeth look? Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are used to correct the contour, colour and dimensions of your teeth to improve the appearance of your smile. With this treatment you can finally have the smile you’ve always wanted! The application of veneers is performed by a simple procedure […]

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Suffering from bruxism? A simple solution: The bite plate

What is a bite plate? A bite plate is an acrylic piece moulded to the teeth to be worn day or night to prevent the top teeth from coming in contact with the lower ones. Who can benefit from a bite plate? This is an ideal solution for people who suffer from bruxism (clenching and […]

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Chronic headaches – Questionnaire: Headache history

Here is a list of questions that will guide us in determining the right neuromuscular treatment for you. On a scale of 1-10 with “10” being the worst pain imaginable above the shoulders, how many mornings per week do you wake up with a “0” (zero)? On a scale of 1-10, what’s the average “number” […]

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Preventive care: Dental cleaning and exams

A beautiful smile, white teeth and healthy gums: who wouldn’t want that? Billions of bacteria grow in your mouth. Did you know that each of your 32 teeth offers them an easy access to your body? Proper treatment of your teeth and gums will naturally prevent the spread of bacteria into your body. “Yes it’s […]

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What is the role of sealants in the prevention of tooth decay?

Traditional prevention procedures (brushing, use of dental floss and fluorides) act on the smooth surface of teeth. Sealants are an added measure to traditional means. Sealants act on teeth that have pits and fissures, usually the first molars (erupting around the age of 6) and second permanent molars (around the age of 12). WHAT DO […]

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Perfect food/perfect teeth: The Dental Diet

Here are the top 5 foods to avoid for better teeth: Citrus fruits and juices Foods with dark colours and white wine Hard foods (hard candy, crusty bread, etc.) Sticky foods, hard candy and soda Popcorn 1- Consuming high amounts of acidic foods and beverages wears away the enamel, which is called “erosion.” Other than […]

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Dental surgery planning: Here are some post-operatory recommendation

READ CAREFULLY: At the slightest complication or problem, please contact us immediately at our offices. IMPORTANT CARE INSTRUCTIONS: Simple negligence may delay your healing or recovery. YOU MUST FOLLOW OUR POST-OPERATORY TIPS: If there is pain, use the medication prescribed. On the day of the surgery: Apply ice for 48 hours to prevent swelling. With […]

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Back-to-school success and dental health!

The back-to-school period is the perfect opportunity to establish new and healthy household routines. Amidst the busyness of life, we often forget to prioritize dental hygiene. We are here to remind you of the importance of your children’s’ dental health and how to think more about their care. The results of a national survey on […]

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