General Dentistry

General Dentistry

At Downtown Montreal Dentistry, Dr. Seminara and his team are committed to providing quality and long lasting general dentistry services to our patients. These can include procedures such as:

Dental Fillings
Dental fillings are used to repair teeth that have been damaged by trauma or decay. The fillings can be made of different types of materials, most commonly composite, porcelain or metal amalgam. Each type of filling has it’s benefits and shortcomings, and Dr. Seminara will be happy to discuss the different options with you and provide a recommended treatment.

Dental Crowns
Sometimes when teeth are badly broken or have had a root canal treatment, a crown may be required. A crown is a restoration that covers the entire tooth, giving the tooth back it’s form, function and strength. Crowns can be made of white porcelain so that they look exactly like natural teeth.

Dental Bridges
When a tooth or teeth are missing, one option to replace them is a dental bridge. Bridges are comprised of one or several crowns that span the space between natural teeth on either side of the missing teeth and the missing tooth or teeth themselves. Like crowns, bridges can be made of white porcelain so they look like real teeth.

Root Canals
Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is the process of removing infected, injured or dead nerve tissue from your tooth. When bacteria (germs) enter your tooth through deep cavities, cracks or flawed fillings, your tooth can become abscessed. An abscessed tooth is a tooth with an infection in the nerve. If the nerve becomes infected, it needs to be removed. An abscessed tooth may cause pain and/or swelling. Your dentist may notice the infection from a dental x-ray or from other changes with the tooth. If left untreated, an abscessed tooth can cause serious oral health problems.Root canal treatment may be done in 1 or 2 appointments. It is a safe and effective way to maintain your natural tooth and avoid an extraction. Teeth that have had root canals will need a dental crown afterwards to protect them from breaking.

Dental Extractions
Sometimes when a tooth is unable to be repaired because it is too badly broken, or infected, or has severe gum disease, the only option may be a dental extraction. Removing a tooth nowadays is often a simple and painless procedure. Once removed, the missing tooth can be replaced with a dental bridge or implant.

A denture is an appliance that can replace some or all of a patient’s missing teeth. In many cases it can be an economical way to restore aesthetics and function following the loss of teeth. Nowadays, many dentures are made to incorporate implants, so that rather than sitting on your gums and gripping your teeth with clips, they can actually snap onto 2 or more implants. The implant supported denture is rapidly becoming the standard of care, as it results in a denture that is more stable and easier to eat with.

Mouthguards can be used for multiple reasons. The most common reasons are to help protect your teeth if you are grinding them together at night. Grinding, or Bruxism, can do serious, irreversible damage to teeth, and eventually lead to Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, or TMD. A mouthguard is one part of the treatment of Bruxism.
Mouthguards are also used for protection during sports. These are made to protect not only your teeth, but can prevent or lower the risk of concussions in contact sports. Many people will use the “boil and bake” mouth guards available at sports stores, but these are inadequate for anyone playing at a mid to high level, as they are not specifically designed or fitted. A custom made, tightly fitted mouthguard is as important for an athlete as their helmet, padding and other safety equipment.