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01 General dentistry

Oral examination and cleaning

A new patient’s initial visit usually includes a full examination and a dental cleaning. It’s a lengthy appointment, but it’s necessary to provide the patient with top-notch care from the very beginning. The full dental examination includes an assessment of the teeth, cavities, existing fillings, gums, tongue, soft tissues, palate and inside of the cheeks; small and large X-rays; pictures of the inside and outside of the mouth; general periodontal treatments; and the assessment of prosthodontics, if relevant. Due to the exhaustive nature of this examination, a second appointment may be necessary in some cases to share the results of your oral health assessment and to finish the cleaning, if necessary. Once we have all the information we need, we will be able to tell you about the different possibilities available to you so you can make a sound, informed decision. Once the full examination is done, it’s recommended that you come back for regular dental checkups (excluding dental treatments) every 3, 6, 9 or 12 months, depending on your oral health (every 6 to 12 months being the most common). This shorter examination consists of a cleaning and some X-rays (fewer than for the full examination) to check how your oral health is doing. Our clinic has a “Dental Health Booklet,” which is given to patients after their initial visit. The Dental Health Booklet gives you direct access to your oral health. After each visit, the treatments provided by Les Dentistes du Vieux-Port de Montréal will be recorded in it, with a detailed description (type of treatment, tooth number, date, etc.). Our goal is to be as transparent as possible about your oral health, since it is your mouth after all! It’s important to bring the booklet with you at each visit so that we can give you the best care possible.

01 General dentistry

Restorative dentistry

With this type of dentistry, dentists restore teeth with new or old cavities or those with defective fillings. Did you know? Cavities and infections can be asymptomatic, meaning they can be getting worse even though the patient doesn’t feel any pain! Which is why it’s so important to see your dentist for preventative purposes and to book a full examination and regular checkups. Cavities are diagnosed through digital X-rays, and the clinician’s visual observations and touch. Despite that, some cavities can be difficult to detect (due to the angle of the X-rays, dental material obscuring a new cavity, etc.), which is why, once again, it’s important to see your dentist regularly to minimize any potential risk of error. Fixing a cavity consists of perforating it, cleaning it out and inserting a filling material on the same day. In some cases, when the damage is too great, we recommend getting a laboratory to make custom porcelain pieces to fill the cavity in your tooth. (see inlays).

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Pediatric dentistry

It’s important to keep primary teeth in the mouth until the permanent teeth come out. The primary teeth act as guardians. They finish erupting when children are around two years old and the last ones fall out at the age of 11 or 12. Primary teeth serve to guide permanent teeth into their positions when they start erupting, between the ages of 6 and 13. Losing a milk tooth due to a cavity or an impact may cause:

  • the other teeth to move
  • the space reserved for the permanent tooth to close in
  • the permanent tooth to come in at an angle (crooked)
  • the permanent teeth to become crowded

A cavity left untreated may cause:

  • a painful abscess
  • an infection that can reach the permanent tooth bud and cause irregularities

Cavities can affect children under five and progress quickly. They can be painful when eating cold foods, when chewing or for no specific reason during the night. But be wary, as cavities can be asymptomatic for both children and adults (the cavity gets worse, but the patient doesn’t feel any pain). They can occur in children:

  • whose oral hygiene is lacking
  • who sleep with a bottle or trainer cup containing milk, juice or other sweet drinks
  • who consume a lot of sugar
  • whose family members have a history of being susceptible to cavities
  • who are given pacifiers dipped in a sugary product

That’s why it’s so important for your children to see the dentist regularly!

02 Specific oral concerns


Unfortunately, teeth must sometimes be extracted because they can’t be restored, they’re infected, they’re malpositioned or they’re impacted. Several different techniques can be used, depending on why the tooth is being extracted. An extraction can be simple or complex and may require surgical intervention. When appropriate, the clinician will prescribe painkillers and/or antibiotics. In the case of more invasive surgeries, like lower wisdom teeth extraction, a few days of convalescence may be required. There may be bleeding, swelling and pain after the surgery. We recommend taking some time off to recover.


More commonly known as a root canal, this treatment is sometimes the only way to save a tooth that would otherwise be removed because of a deep cavity or trauma. It consists of saving the infected tooth by cleaning out any bacteria in it. Root canals have a very high rate of success. However, like for any other dental treatment, we cannot guarantee its success. To extend the lifespan of a root canal treatment, it’s most often recommended to have a porcelain cap installed after the surgery to prevent the tooth from breaking and becoming unfixable.

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gum treatment

Have you noticed that your gums bleed when you brush your teeth or floss? Do you have bad breath? You may have gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is the most common cause of tooth loss and it can sometimes be hard for patients to detect it, as it’s often asymptomatic. One adult out of three suffers from it. Furthermore, did you know that the bacteria from this disease can cause issues elsewhere in the body, like heart attacks and strokes? Our team will provide the proper treatment to stabilize periodontal disease or, for advanced cases, they will refer patients to specialists.


When a tooth has had a root canal or is severely damaged, it can be capped with a porcelain crown to protect it. When one or several teeth are missing, a bridge is the perfect treatment to fill the gap. A bridge keeps the surrounding teeth in place and prevents them from moving. Crowns and bridges are custom-made and carefully adjusted. They are made to look attractive and perfectly natural.

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Inlays and onlays

Inlays and onlays make it possible to keep the tooth as natural as possible. They are used for teeth that have had too much cavity damage or large fillings. Inlays and onlays strengthen the tooth. They are similar to white composite fillings. However, they’re porcelain and custom-made in a lab. The results are pleasing to the eye, and they don’t usually get discoloured, unlike the composite material. In addition, porcelain inlays and onlays usually last longer than composite fillings made in the clinic because they are so carefully tailored to the patient.

Bite guards

Do you grind your teeth? Do you clench your teeth together? Are your teeth wearing down? Patients often don’t know because they aren’t even aware of these habits! Sore jaws (especially upon waking), teeth with signs of wearing or teeth that break for no reason can be signs of this issue! A bite guard could be deemed necessary following an examination. Made of an acrylic base that has been carefully moulded to your teeth, the bite guard absorbs the tension produced by your teeth. It will prevent wear on your teeth and jaw soreness.

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At-home whitening

To be whitened, teeth must be healthy and clean (with no cavities or restorations deemed too defective). Once everything is in order, we will take impressions of your teeth to make custom plastic trays that you can use to whiten your teeth at home. Depending on the original shade and sensitivity of your teeth, we will prescribe a certain number of sessions. Results vary depending on each patient. The treatment, which usually takes two weeks, consists of using a syringe to put the whitening gel in the trays. You then wear the trays in your mouth and they keep the gel in contact with your teeth. This generally needs to be done daily. If your teeth or gums feel uncomfortable, our dentists recommend using Sensodyne toothpaste and spacing out the whitening sessions. During the treatment and a few days after it, it’s important to avoid dark foods with a lot of tannins, like coffee, red wine, etc. At-home whitening allows you to do touch-ups yourself over the years to keep your teeth white. In most cases, you can keep the trays for subsequent treatments.

02 Specific oral concerns


Mainly used for the front teeth, veneers are used to cover the tooth’s visible area. They can hide stains that persist after whitening treatments, modify the position of a tooth, or fix a broken tooth. Porcelain veneers give the teeth a beautiful, natural look. Unlike white composite fillings, porcelain doesn’t become discoloured over time.

Diastema closure

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03 Orthodontics

Interceptive dentistry for children

Les Dentistes du Vieux-Port de Montréal are generalist dentists who are qualified to provide high-quality orthodontic treatments. Orthodontics is a field of dentistry that focuses on fixing malpositioned teeth and jaws. Orthodontic treatments are used to fix a smile’s appearance and any functional disorders caused by your bite. These days, there are orthodontic solutions for patients of all ages. However, we recommend booking an orthodontic consultation around the age of seven. With children of that age, we may be able to intercept and fix bite or skeletal issues and prevent them from getting worse. We will carefully examine children to confirm whether they need an early orthodontic treatment or not. In some cases, we will take X-rays during the consultation to confirm our diagnosis. After the consultation, if we have decided to undergo an orthodontic treatment, we will carry out a full orthodontic examination (pictures, various X-rays, impressions, measurements, etc.). Following the examination, we will explain the treatment in detail and get ready to begin the treatment.

03 Orthodontics

Traditional braces

Les Dentistes du Vieux-Port de Montréal are generalist dentists who are qualified to provide high-quality orthodontic treatments. Orthodontics is a field of dentistry that focuses on fixing malpositioned teeth and jaws. Orthodontic treatments are used to fix a smile’s appearance and any functional disorders caused by your bite. Braces are the traditional way of fixing crowded or crooked teeth. The treatment takes longer with braces – usually several months or even several years in some cases. The severity and complexity of the issue will determine how long the treatment will take. Regardless of the nature of the problem, traditional braces essentially always work the same way: A metal bracket is glued onto each tooth. The brackets are connected by a metal wire, called an archwire. It’s held in place by ligature elastics (or “o-rings”). - When patients come in for their routine checkups, we very gradually adjust the archwire’s position to produce the desired result. We observe how the teeth move on a weekly basis, until we have fixed the mispositioned teeth. Of course, some precautions are necessary when wearing traditional braces, in terms of both your oral hygiene and what you eat. Your dentist will give you some tips on how to maintain a good hygiene and avoid damaging your braces.

03 Orthodontics


Les Dentistes du Vieux-Port de Montréal are generalist dentists who are qualified to provide high-quality orthodontic treatments. Orthodontics is a field of dentistry that focuses on fixing malpositioned teeth and jaws. Orthodontic treatments are used to fix a smile’s appearance and any functional disorders caused by your bite. Adults and seniors are often more hesitant to undergo an orthodontic treatment due to the discomfort and appearance of braces. Our dentists are happy to tell you that you no longer have to worry about that. It’s now possible to discretely fix most teeth alignment issues without having to change your lifestyle, thanks to the Invisalign technology! Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable aligners. Each aligner must be worn over your teeth for one to two weeks before being replaced by the next aligner. Your teeth will slowly change position. An Invisalign treatment can take several months or even several years depending on the complexity of the case. A consultation is required to confirm whether Invisalign can work for you. During the consultation, we will give you a quote based on the complexity of your case. If you want to proceed, we will schedule an appointment for a full orthodontic examination, including pictures, X-rays, impressions, measurements, etc. The impressions will then be sent to the Invisalign laboratory and, when you come back for your next appointment, we will show you a simulation of your smile throughout the treatment, to the final result. We will also give you an approximate time frame for the treatment and the exact cost. You can then decide if you want to go ahead with the Invisalign treatment.