Smile Make Over: Why and how?, with Dr. Jacques Hebert, Centre Dentaire Fancelli, Montreal (Longueuil), Quebec, Canada
Smile Make Over, Complete Dental Restoration or Full Mouth Rehabilitation are all procedures performed in the dental office to bring back a person’s dentition to its original state both in dental function & dental esthetics explain Dr. Hebert du Centre Dentaire Fancelli inc, à Longueuil
Usually, theses treatments are needed because teeth have been missing for a long time, teeth have moved and become crooked and mobile, teeth are now short, cracked and discolored from the wear and tear cause by tooth clenching and tooth grinding.
All of these conditions affect the bite and results in problem chewing, misalignment of the jaws, stress and pain in the TMJ, pain when chewing, digestive problems, all the way to headaches and migraines. Most of the time, that’s when patients consult dental professional because they are in pain or they’ve lost part of their quality of life.
Since a good number of dentists and specialists can perform these treatments, the important question here is not “HOW” to realize those procedures but “WHY” did I get to this point. When you think about it, if you don’t stop to understand the reasons why a person’s best ever dentition has broken down, the original enamel natural dentition, then how can a dentist pretend to do better with artificial material like porcelain?
Dr. Hebert , from the Fancelli’s Snoring Clinic in Longueuil, always take the time to ask “WHY”i. Most of the time, tooth grinding is the main cause of the changes in wear and tear of the dentition. There are many reasons why we grind our teeth but a major one is usually missed. There is a direct link between tooth grinding and OSA or obstructive sleep apnea, meaning that sleep apnea may and will cause tooth grinding. Plus OSA is also found in about 50% of patient with TMJ dysfunctions, the main cause of jaw pain and headaches. So OSA can be a major factor of why we need a smile make over and it should be investigated and evaluated before starting any treatment. OSA evaluation is an integral part of Dr. Hebert’s dental and TMJ exam.
Dr. Hebert is a member of the ACSDD, www.acsdd.org, (Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines) and has been practicing dentistry at the Centre Dentaire Fancelli, www.centredentairefancelli. ,in Longueuil, Quebec, Canada, since 2005.
Dr. Hebert is a sleep expert with Sleep Better TV, www.sleepbetter.tv, providing online, on demand sleep disorders video content.