Better quality sleep

Do you wake up with dull headaches or a painful, aching jaw? It is estimated that up to 95 percent of us experience bruxism—grinding and clenching—at some time in our lives.

Stress or sleep disorders, an abnormal bite, or crooked or missing teeth can all contribute to grinding. If you wake up in the morning with stiff and painful jaw muscles, you may well have been clenching during the night. This habit can not only cause aching muscles, but can also wear down your teeth and damage dental work.

Many people are unaware they even have the disorder, since it usually occurs during sleep. We, however, can detect the telltale signs of wear on your teeth, and we can help!

A simple solution Dr. Lemieux recommends is a FDA-approved dental device, called an NTI. This tiny, clear plastic device fits over your top or bottom two front teeth while you sleep. It makes clenching and grinding virtually impossible. Within a very few days or weeks, your clenching reflex is suppressed. Morning headache pain, neck pain, sore jaw, and other related pain can disappear!




A word about patient comfort

For some people, visiting the dentist can be a stressful experience. It is estimated that 35 million adults experience anxiety at the thought of an upcoming dental visit—and they may end up postponing their appointment. At Dr. Lemieux’s practice, we want to assure you that we understand this anxiety and we’re here to make your visit as pleasant as possible.

Here are a few tips to help you relax before a dental visit:

  • Tell Dr. Lemieux and the dental staff if you feel fearful, tense or anxious. Bringing your fears into the open can help us tailor the treatment and pace to suit your needs.
  • Try to schedule your visit for a time when you won’t be rushed or physically strained.
  • Get a good night’s sleep the night before and eat light meals the day of your appointment.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothes to your appointment. Avoid wearing tight collars or clothes that restrict your movement.
  • Arrange a signal with Dr. Lemieux and the dental staff—such as raising your hand to indicate you are feeling discomfort or need a break from a procedure.
  • Take advantage of the headphones we offer, or listen to your own music, turned up as loud as you want.
  • Please talk with Dr. Lemieux about medications that are available to help create more relaxed, comfortable dental visits. The type of procedure, your overall health, history of allergies and your anxiety level are all considered when determining which approach is best for you.

    Our number one goal is to provide you with gentle, quality dental care.


    Leading-edge diagnosis technology

    Thanks to advances in modern dental technology, Dr. Lemieux provides you with state-of-the-art systems to detect dental decay and other problems. One exciting development is the arrival of digital radiography. Digital x-rays provide you with maximum comfort, with the added advantage of 90 percent less radiation exposure than the already slight levels of traditional x-ray technology.

    An additional tool that assists in revealing dental problems is our intra-oral camera. With magnification power of up to 28 times, both you and Dr. Lemieux can see “up close” any issues within the mouth. This extraordinary technology is pleasant, easy, and 100 percent comfortable.


     

     




    Dental implants

    When a tooth is missing, it is important that it be replaced as soon as possible for more than just cosmetic reasons. If not treated, the teeth surrounding the gap begin to shift inward, creating a chain reaction. Teeth use their neighbors for support, and, with one missing, they start to move. As this condition gets worse, the patient’s bite changes in response to pressure, and surrounding teeth may be affected with decay or gum disease.

    The good news is that advances in dentistry have brought us an exciting and effective way to replace missing teeth. The state-of-the-art procedure Dr. Lemieux recommends for a missing tooth is a dental implant. A dental implant includes a metal anchor that is placed into the jaw, where bone grows around it, to give strong support to the implant crown, or to a bridge or denture.

    Our patients have been delighted with their new smiles after the implant process!

     

    Smile makeovers

    No doubt you have heard quite a bit about cosmetic dentistry (maybe even on some of the makeover shows on TV) and wondered about improving your own smile. Perhaps you’ve put it off because you think that some dental problems are simply a part of life, or a part of aging. In today’s dentistry, enhanced smiles are available to everyone! Dr. Lemieux offers a wide range of cosmetic dental treatments, including:
    • Tooth whitening
    • Bonding
    • Porcelain veneers and crowns
    • Enamel shaping
    • Custom color selection

    Give us a call and schedule an appointment. We’d be happy to discuss your dental care needs and inform you of the exciting cosmetic options that are available to make your smile even brighter.

     

    Teeth whitening

    Like many people, you may be dissatisfied with the color of your teeth. Discolored teeth may make you feel self-conscious, and may even keep you from entering social situations.

    Teeth can be discolored or stained by tobacco use; certain foods and drinks, such as berries, curry, soy sauce, coffee, tea, red wine and cola drinks; deposits of tartar; even early exposure to the antibiotic tetracycline.

    The good news is that you no longer have to settle for discolored teeth. A simple procedure called tooth whitening or bleaching can help reduce most discoloration and improve your smile. We can quickly and easily whiten your teeth through procedures that have proven to be safe and effective.

     

    Porcelain veneers

    With advances in dentistry, you no longer have to settle for stained, chipped, or misshapen teeth. For years, Dr. Lemieux has helped countless individuals improve their appearances with veneers. Porcelain veneers are extremely thin shells made of a strong and durable dental ceramic.

    Porcelain veneers require two appointments because the veneers are fabricated at an expert dental laboratory. At the first appointment the teeth are prepared, impressions taken, and the teeth are given a provisional covering. In a few weeks the veneers are back from the laboratory and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. Using veneers, Dr. Lemieux has remarkable capacity to close gaps, align crooked teeth, and change the size and shape of your teeth.

     

    Mercury-free fillings

    For more than two decades, Dr. Lemieux has been supportive of the health and environmental concerns of his patients. While science and the dental profession continue the debate over the issue of mercury fillings, we understand those who request replacement of amalgam fillings for personal peace of mind.

    In the past, many adults have had amalgam (silver alloy) fillings. As these fillings age, they tend to pull away from surrounding tooth structure, and create a breeding ground for bacteria and decay. All the fillings in our office are made using a tooth-colored composite material.


    Not only are tooth-colored fillings more appealing, but they bond directly to the structure of the tooth. Composite material wears like enamel. It is less brittle, and it expands and contracts less to reduce the risk for cracked, sensitive teeth..

     

     


     

    Crowns

    When a tooth is likely to break, or is too broken down to be restored with a filling, a crown may be recommended. A crown fits the tooth like a “slipcover,” over the weakened tooth, providing strength and protecting the tooth against breaking. Crowns are designed to match the natural function of the original tooth.
    It takes two appointments to restore a tooth with a crown. During the first appointment, any decay is removed from the tooth and it is shaped to accept the crown. Then an impression is made of the tooth for use in making a crown.

    Between the two visits the crown is fabricated at an expert dental laboratory. During this time a provisional crown is worn. In the second visit this provisional crown is removed. Then the final crown is adjusted as needed and bonded or cemented in place.

    In some cases, crowns may also be used like veneers for cosmetic reasons, to improve the overall look of the mouth, smile and teeth.

     

     

     

    Bridges

    If you have a missing tooth, it is vital that it be restored quickly. If left untreated, the teeth around the space begin to drift toward the gap, causing a domino effect. Teeth are supported by surrounding teeth, and, when one is missing, they all begin to shift. Within a fairly short amount of time, the patient’s bite changes in response to pressure, and neighboring teeth may be affected with decay or gum disease.

    A bridge is an excellent option for filling the space created by a missing tooth. The bridge replaces the missing tooth, and the two surrounding teeth anchor it for support and strength. Dr. Lemieux can achieve beautiful results to keep your teeth at their best possible performance and appearance.

     

     

     

    A lifetime of continuing dental health care for the entire family

    Educating our guests about their dental health is one of our highest priorities. We invest time with you, to determine the best way to serve you as the unique individual you are.

    The outlook for this generation of children is a bright one. With the advent of high quality dental sealants to protect the chewing surfaces of permanent teeth, combined with a daily habit of flossing between the teeth, this generation of children could quite likely enjoy a lifetime free of tooth decay.

    Our office’s dental health maintenance program is one of our proudest ongoing accomplishments. Our hygienists consistently monitor your teeth and gums for any signs of pending issues. We offer many options for treatment. Chances are, you’ve been hearing a lot about periodontal disease in the news. Medical science is making new discoveries all the time that link periodontal problems with other medical issues. Along with being associated with many health conditions, it’s now been found that gum disease can cause heart problems and pre-term labor in pregnant women.

    In many cases, early periodontal disease does not cause pain and can go unnoticed. However, early detection and treatment are extremely important. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
    Periodontal disease occurs when plaque builds up and irritates the gums, leading to inflammation and infection. The earliest stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. If left untreated, the condition can progress to the bone, causing periodontitis. Signs of periodontal disease may include:

    • sore and/or bleeding gums
    • tooth movement
    • changes in your bite
    • bad breath or persistent bad taste, or
    • gums that have pulled away from your teeth

    In later stages of the disease, the bone and soft tissues that support the teeth are destroyed. This may cause the teeth to become loose or fall out.

    For these reasons, it’s important to schedule regular dental visits, and to brush and floss between your teeth daily. We’d like to help you keep you teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime.