A smile can be the most eye-catching feature of a face.
With dentistry’s many advances, you no longer have to settle for stained, chipped, or misshapen teeth. You now have choices that can help you smile with confidence.
Dr. Tour enjoys making a difference in one’s smile and most importantly, how it will make you feel.
Here are just a few of the many cosmetic options that Limoges Dental Centre has to offer: White fillings, porcelain crowns, veneers, bonding, and even braces and clear aligner trays for your orthodontic needs.
A crown, also called a cap, is a hollow, artificial tooth
used to cover a damaged or decayed tooth.
A crown, also called a cap, is a hollow, artificial tooth used to cover a damaged or decayed tooth. The crown restores the tooth and protects it from further damage. Crowns can also be used to cover a discoloured or misshapen tooth. A tooth that has been fixed with a crown looks and works very much like a natural tooth.
If your tooth is damaged but not lost, Dr. Tour may recommend a crown.
It will be used to restore its shape, appearance and function. You may need a crown if you have a root canal, a large filling in a tooth or a broken tooth.
Many people tremble at the thought of visiting
the dentist and simply avoid it altogether.
Avoiding dental treatment is a thing of the past for patients with dental anxiety. We offer options for anxious patients because many people tremble at the thought of visiting the dentist and simply avoid it altogether. With sedation dentistry, it is possible to have dental treatment without fear, pain or dental anxiety.
Also known as “Laughing Gas”, nitrous oxide has been widely and safely used for decades in dentistry. Our machines deliver a precise mix of nitrous oxide and oxygen allowing you to feel deeply relaxed but still aware of your surroundings. There are no lasting effects of nitrous oxide, so you will be able to safely drive home.
Composite fillings are also called plastic or white fillings.
Dr. Plant and Tour use the most advanced composite materials
One of the leading advantages of dental fillings and composites is that, with a good color match, it’s almost impossible to see that the tooth had to be restored. And because these dental fillings bond directly to the enamel, they’re strong and resist wear, usually lasting more than five years. Dr. Tour uses the most advanced composite materials, so that they are holding up even longer.
Dr. Tour will first choose the shade of composite that best matches your tooth color. After removing the decay, they will use a special curing light to harden each layer of filling material. The dental filling will be shaped to fit your tooth. Polishing will also ensure that it remains smooth and resistant to staining.
An alternative to bridges, partials or complete
dentures may be dental implants.
If one or more of your teeth are missing, Dr. Tour will inform you that there are a number of ways to replace them including dental implants.
An alternative to bridges, partials or complete dentures may be dental implants. Dental implants are used to replace missing roots and support artificial replacement teeth. They are comfortable and look like natural teeth.
A sealant is a plastic material that is usually applied
to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth.
Children benefit most from dental sealants as their teeth are erupting and tend to have deeper pits and grooves on the surface of the teeth. Dental sealants acts as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids. Dr. Tour will examine your child’s teeth and will decide whether if they will require dental sealants.
Dentures can replace your missing teeth
and restore your smile.
If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, whether from periodontal disease, tooth decay, injury, complete or partial dentures can replace your missing teeth and restore your smile.
Dr. Plant and Tour have treated children
of all ages for many years.
Dr. Tour has treated children of all ages for many years. With experience, she has developed an approach that has proven to be successful. When children are placed in what they may perceive as an uncomfortable environment, they must be treated with fairness and respect. Dr. Tour use several techniques to treat children, which include paying utmost attention to their behavior and responses to treatment. We use simple, fun, animated words to describe dental terminology and often use the ‘show and tell’ technique. In other words, communicating with them constantly to make sure they have a comfortable experience.
In terms of ‘preparing’ your child for his/her visit, we ask that you refrain as much as possible from telling scary stories or explaining in detail what will happen at the dentist. Too many children have been traumatized by older siblings or schoolmates and this can affect their cooperation with the dental team. Reading a children’s book or watching a little video such as “Caillou” or “Arthur goes to the Dentist” may help to prepare them.
A properly fitted mouthguard can help prevent broken
teeth and injuries to the lips, tongue, face or jaw.
A properly fitted mouth guard can help prevent broken teeth and injuries to the lips, tongue, face or jaw. Use a mouth guard during any activity that could result in a blow to the face or mouth. It will stay in place while you are wearing it, making it easy for you to talk and breathe.
Talk to us about having a custom mouth guard made specifically for you. This will fit comfortably and offer the best protection for your smile.
Anyone who participates in a sport that carries a significant risk of injury should wear a mouth guard. This includes a wide range of sports like football, hockey, basketball, baseball, gymnastics, boxing, wrestling, martial arts, rugby and volleyball.
Mouth guards, which typically cover the upper teeth, can cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to the soft tissues of the mouth.
Accidents can happen during any physical activity. A misdirected elbow in a one-on-one basketball game or a spill off a bicycle can leave you with chipped or broken teeth, nerve damage to a tooth or even tooth loss. A mouth guard can limit the risk of such injuries as well as protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheek lining. A properly fitted mouth guard will stay in place while you are wearing it, making it easy for you to talk and breathe.
Custom-fitted mouth guards are made by either Dr. Plant or Tour for you personally. They are customized to fit your mouth. As well, there is reinforced padding on the guard behind the front teeth for further protection. A mouth guard typically lasts a full season. Ask us about it.
A properly fitted mouth guard may be especially important for people who wear braces or have fixed bridge work. A blow to the face could damage the brackets or other fixed orthodontic appliances. A mouth guard also provides a barrier between the braces and your cheek or lips, limiting the risk of soft tissue injuries. Talk to Dr. Tour about selecting a mouth guard that will provide the best protection.
There are two types of orthodontic appliances:
fixed or removable.
Braces (also called orthodontic appliances) can be as inconspicuous—or as noticeable—as you like. Brackets , the small metal piece that is attached to each tooth, may be made of metal, ceramic, plastic or a combination of these materials. Some brackets are clear or tooth-colored. Elastics (orthodontic rubber bands) come in a wide variety of colours. Some people enjoy matching their elastics to their fashion or the time of year.
There are two types of orthodontic appliances:. fixed, which are worn all the time and can only be removed by the dentist, and removable, like which the patient can take out of the mouth. Here at Limoges Dental Centre we offer both options, while you and Dr. Tour will determine the best type for you based on your needs.
Malocclusions often become noticeable between the ages of 6 and 12, as the child’s permanent (adult) teeth erupt. Orthodontic treatment often begins between ages 8 and 14. Treatment that begins while a child is growing helps produce optimal results. As a result, Dr. Tour recommends an orthodontic evaluation between the ages of 7 and 11. By then, they have a mix of primary (baby) teeth and their permanent (adult) teeth. Dr. Tour can spot problems with emerging teeth and jaw growth early on, while the primary teeth are present. That’s why regular dental examinations are important.
Children aren’t the only ones who can benefit from orthodontics. If you’re an adult, it’s not too late to correct problems such as crooked or crowded teeth, overbites, underbites, incorrect jaw position, or jaw-joint disorders. The biological process involved in moving teeth is the same at any age. Usually, adult treatment takes a little longer than a child’s treatment. Because an adult’s facial bones are no longer growing, certain corrections may not be accomplished with braces alone. No matter your age, it’s never too late to improve your dental health and beautify your smile.
Most of the time, a root canal is a relatively simple procedure
with little or no discomfort involving one to three visits.
Today, with a special dental procedure called root canal therapy you may save that tooth.
Inside each tooth is the pulp which provides nutrients and nerves to the tooth, it runs like a thread down through the root. When the pulp is diseased or injured, the pulp tissue dies. If you don’t remove it, your tooth gets infected and you could lose it. After the dentist removes the pulp, the root canal is cleaned and sealed off to protect it. Then Dr. Tour will place a crown over the tooth to help make it stronger.
Most of the time, a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort involving one to three visits. Best of all, it can save your tooth and your smile!
Dr. Tour use root canal treatment to find the cause and then treat problems of the tooth’s soft core (the dental pulp). Years ago, teeth with diseased or injured pulps were removed. Today, root canal treatment has given us dentists’ a safe way of saving teeth.
The pulp is the soft tissue that contains nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. It lies within the tooth and extends from the crown of the tooth to the tip of the root in the bone of the jaws.
An abscessed (infected) tooth caused by tooth decay. When the pulp is diseased or injured and can’t repair itself, it dies. The most common cause of pulp death is a cracked tooth or a deep cavity. Both of these problems can let germs (bacteria) enter the pulp. Germs can cause an infection inside the tooth. Left without treatment, pus builds up at the root tip, in the jawbone, forming a “pus-pocket” called an abscess. An abscess can cause damage to the bone around the teeth.
When the infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling can result. Certain byproducts of the infection can injure your jawbones. Without treatment, your tooth may have to be removed.
Treatment often involves from one to three visits. During treatment, Drs. Plant or Tour removes the diseased pulp. The pulp chamber and root canal(s) of the tooth are then cleaned and sealed. Here’s how your tooth is saved through treatment:
Your restored tooth could last a lifetime, if you continue to care for your teeth and gums. However, regular checkups are necessary. As long as the root(s) of a treated tooth are nourished by the tissues around it, your tooth will remain healthy
Everybody loves a bright white smile.
Here at Limoges Dental Centre we can help you get your dream smile!
Here at Limoges Dental Centre we have a variety of products and procedures available to help you improve the look of your smile. Ask us about it!
There are a number of reasons why your teeth may need to be extracted.
Some of the most common reasons include:
Severe gum disease (periodontal disease). This is caused by bacteria building up on your teeth and damaging the bone that holds them in place. The teeth become loose and will need to be removed professionally.
Tooth decay. If a tooth is very decayed, its nerves and blood vessels can die, leading to a painful abscess.
A broken tooth. If it can’t be repaired it will need to be removed
Crowded teeth. If you have a small jaw or get baby teeth early, your teeth may be crooked and you may need to have one or more removed so the rest can be straightened.
Wisdom tooth problems. If there isn’t enough space in your mouth for your wisdom teeth they may become impacted (stuck behind the tooth in front) and need to be removed.
Dr. Tour will numb the area to lessen any discomfort. After the extraction, they will advise you of what post extraction regimen to follow, in most cases a small amount of bleeding is normal.
Avoid anything that might prevent normal healing. It is usually best not to smoke, rinse your mouth vigorously, or drink through a straw for 24 hours. These activities could dislodge the clot and delay healing. For the first few days, if you must rinse, rinse your mouth gently afterward, for pain or swelling, apply a cold cloth or an ice bag.
Ask us about pain medication. You can brush and floss the other teeth as usual. But don’t clean the teeth next to the tooth socket.
Veneers are placed on top of your teeth to correct nature’s mistake
or the results of an injury and help you have a beautiful smile.
There’s no reason to put up with gaps in your teeth or with teeth that are stained, badly shaped or crooked.
Veneers are very thin shells that are attached to the front part of teeth. They are often made of porcelain or composite resin. Porcelain veneers are stronger than composite resin veneers and do not change colour or stain. Generally, porcelain veneers take at least 2 dental visits to apply and composite resin veneers can be done in 1 visit. Porcelain veneers generally last longer than composite resin veneers.
There are various types of X-Rays that are used
for viewing different parts of your mouth
Technology has changed the way dental procedures work, and for the better! While we have an abundance of state of the art equipment, the most commonly used is the X-ray. We are sure you’ve had to do a dental X-Ray at some point in your life, but are you aware of exactly what they are looking at? There are various types of X-Rays that are used for viewing different parts of your mouth, here are some of the X-Rays most commonly used:
Panoramic X-ray shows a view of the entire mouth, including teeth on the upper and lower jaws. This type of X-ray circles behind your head while the film circles the front.
Panoramic X-rays are particularly useful for detecting impacted wisdom teeth, detecting missing adult teeth, or detecting extra teeth (also called supernumerary teeth) and any possibility of a cyst tumor, benign or cancerous. Dr. Tour will often recommend this type of X-ray every 3 to 5 years.
Periapical X-rays highlight only one or two teeth at a time from crown to root. These X-rays are used to see the full length of the tooth and to detect specific problems such as abscess, cracked root, periodontal abscess and bone loss. They are mostly used on the front teeth, and sometimes on molars and premolars.
Bite Wing X-Rays are taken on each side of the mouth to highlight the crowns of the back teeth. Biting down on the device placed in your mouth will check for decay between teeth and hard to see areas.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the name of the joint
located on either side of your head, just in front of your ears.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the name of the joint located on either side of your head, just in front of your ears. These joints connect your mandible (jawbone) to your temporal bone (skull). The TMJ, which can rotate and move forward, backward and side to side, is considered one of the most complex joints in the body. This joint, in combination with other muscles and ligaments, lets you chew, swallow, speak and yawn. When you have a problem with the muscle, bone or other tissue in the area in and around the TMJ, you may have a TMD.
Signs or symptoms of TMDs include pain and tenderness in or around the ear, the jaw joint, or the muscles of the jaw, face or temples. Other symptoms are problems opening or closing your mouth, and a clicking, popping, crunching or grinding noise when you chew, yawn or open your mouth. TMDs may be linked with neck pain and headaches. If you have any of these symptoms, let us know.
In most cases, TMDs are caused by a combination of factors like jaw injuries and joint disease, such as arthritis. It is believed that bruxism (tooth clenching or grinding) and head or neck muscle tension may make TMD symptoms worse. Stress is also a possible factor. However, it is not clear if stress causes TMDs or is a result of them. Other things that may lead to TMDs are partial or full dentures that are not the right fit and certain habits such as fingernail biting and pen or pencil biting.
When you are relaxed, your teeth should be slightly apart and your tongue should rest on the floor of your mouth with your lips barely touching or slightly apart. There should be a slight space between your upper and lower teeth except during chewing, speaking or swallowing.
After a thorough examination and, if needed, appropriate x-rays, Dr. Tour may suggest a plan to treat your TMD. This treatment plan may include relaxation techniques, a referral to a physiotherapist, a night guard, also called an occlusal splint. It is made of clear plastic and fits over the biting surfaces of the teeth of one jaw so that you bite against the splint rather than your teeth. This often helps your jaw joints and muscles to relax.
There are a number of simple precautions you can take
to avoid accident and injury to your teeth.
There are a number of simple precautions you can take to avoid dental emergencies, accidents and injury to your teeth. One way to reduce the chances of damage to your teeth, lips, cheek and tongue is to wear a mouthguard when participating in sports or recreational activities that may pose a risk. Avoid chewing ice, popcorn kernels and hard candy, all of which can crack a tooth. Cut tape using scissors rather than your teeth.
Dental emergencies and accidents do happen, and knowing what to do when one occurs can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth. We reserve time in our daily schedules for dental emergency patients. Call our office and provide as much detail as possible about your condition. Remember, pain is a signal that something is wrong—a problem that will not disappear even if the pain subsides.
Clean the area gently with a cloth and apply cold compresses to reduce any swelling. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, go to a hospital emergency room immediately.
Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area. Use cold compresses on the area to keep any swelling down. Call us immediately.
Treatment may vary depending on the size and location of the crack. Dr. Tour may suggest either a root canal, bonding, a crown, or an extraction.
Apply cold compresses to control swelling. Call us immediately or go to the nearest hospital emergency department immediately.
Hold the tooth by the crown and rinse off the root of the tooth in water if it’s dirty. Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. If possible, gently insert and hold the tooth in its socket. If that isn’t possible, put the tooth in a cup of milk and contact us as quickly as possible. Remember to take the tooth with you!
Try to gently remove the object with dental floss; avoid cutting the gums. Never use a sharp instrument to remove any object that is stuck between your teeth. If you can’t dislodge the object using dental floss, please contact us and we will help you.
Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it out. Gently use dental floss or an interdental cleaner to ensure that there is no food or other debris caught between the teeth. Never put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth because it may burn the gum tissue. If the pain persists, contact our office and we will take good care of you.
Gum disease is one of the most common dental problems adults face,
but gum disease can begin at just about any age.
Gum disease often develops slowly and without causing any pain. Sometimes you may not notice any signs until the disease is serious and you are in danger of losing teeth.
Healthy gums and bone hold teeth firmly in place. Gums attach to teeth at the junction of the crown and root of the tooth. Gum disease affects the attachment between gums and teeth. Gum disease begins with plaque. Plaque is clear and sticky and contains germs (or bacteria). It forms on your teeth every day. It also forms where your teeth and your gums meet. If plaque is not removed every day by brushing and flossing, it hardens into tartar (also called calculus). Tartar cannot be removed by brushing and flossing. Tartar can lead to an infection at the point where the gums attach to the teeth (called the “point of attachment”). In these early stages, gum disease is called gingivitis. Your gums may be a bit red and bleed when you brush, but you may not notice anything.
As gingivitis gets worse, tiny pockets of infection form at the “point of attachment.” You cannot see them, but you may notice puffy gums, traces of blood on your toothbrush, or a change in the colour of your gums. Your gums will probably not be sore. Over time, the infection breaks down the gum tissue that attaches to the teeth. This is called “attachment loss.” At this point, you will notice swelling, bleeding or colour changes in your gums.
Along with “attachment loss,” gum disease causes the bone that holds your teeth in place to break down too. If gum disease is not treated, teeth become loose and in danger of falling out. The best way to deal with gum disease is not to get it in the first place. To protect your oral health, brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss at least once a day and see your dentist regularly for oral examinations.
In its early stages, gum disease is very hard to see. You may not know that you have a problem. But every time you have a dental exam, your dentist looks for signs of gum disease. Drs. Plant or Tour may use a dental tool called a “periodontal probe” to measure where your gums attach to your teeth. Healthy gums attach to teeth just below the edge of the gum. If your gums attach to your teeth below this point, it is a sign of gum disease.
X-rays show how much bone is around your teeth. If you have gum disease, getting rid of plaque and tartar gives your gums a chance to get better. That’s why in the early stages of gum disease, the best treatment is cleaning by your dentist or dental hygienist to remove built-up tartar, brushing twice a day to remove plaque and flossing once a day to remove plaque.
When gum disease is more serious, we may refer you to a dental specialist called a periodontist. A periodontist has at least 3 years of extra university training in treating gum disease, and in restoring (or regenerating) bone and gum tissue that have been lost because of gum disease. A periodontist also treats serious forms of gum disease that do not get better with normal dental care. When serious gum disease is found, brushing and flossing become even more important.
Check your gums on a regular basis for these signs of gum disease:
These are all good reasons to see us right away. Gum disease is one of the main reasons why adults lose their teeth. But the good news is gum disease can almost always be prevented. If it starts, it can be treated and can even be turned around (or reversed) in its early stages. If gum disease is not treated, you can have gums that are always sore, red and puffy, get a painful infection (called an abscess) in the area between your teeth and gums or lose your teeth. Without enough gum tissue and bone to hold your teeth in place, they can become loose and fall out. Nobody wants to have these things happen. With regular care, they won’t.