About Us

Passion for dentistry

Welcome to Merhi Dental Clinic

We have the pleasure to practice the art of dentistry to offer you a gorgeous smile!

Fully committed to your comfort and care, valuing your time and your health of smile, our team of specialist dentists provides you all the cosmetic dental services with the latest technologies.

Our Services

A wide range of oral health care services

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General Dentistry

Oral Hygiene
Composite Fillings
Inlay/Onlay
Root canal therapy
Bridges Dentures
Teeth extraction

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Cosmetic Dentistry

Teeth Whitening
Dental jewels
Porcelain veneers
Hollywood smile
Gummy smile correction

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Gum treatment, Implants & Bone graft

Dental Implants
Sinus lift & Bone graft
Crown lengthening
Gum graft

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Orthodontics

Orthodontic brackets (braces)
Appliances
Invisible Eon aligner trays



Cases

We picked a few!

Crown on Implants


Crowns on Natural Teeth


Diastema Closure


Gum treatment and Restorations


Restoration


Scaling


Veneers


Whitening


Our Team

Dental health relates to overall health

Dr. Sylva Merhi

DDS, C.E.S Prosthodontic & Aesthetic Dentistry, D.U Oral Pathology
Dr. Sylva Merhi received her diploma in medical dentistry with high distinction from Saint Joseph University (USJ), Lebanon 2009. Four years later, she obtained her dual specialty in ‘Prosthodontics & Aesthetic dentistry’ and ‘Oral Pathology’ from the same university.

Perfectionist and caring, she is very well qualified for diagnosis, treatment planning and aesthetic dental treatment. In order to stay up to date, she follows regularly congresses, local & international conferences.

She is an active member of the Lebanese Dental Association and the Lebanese society of prosthodontists.

Dr. Cyrille Freiha

DDS, C.E.S Periodontology & Implant surgery
After receiving her dental degree from Saint Joseph University (Lebanon 2009), she got specialised in Gum and Bone Surgery (Periodontics) & Oral Implantology” (2012).

She uses the latest technology to give the patients excellent quality gum and bone treatment including bone grafting, sinus lift and implant placement.

She is an active member of the Lebanese Dental Association, the Lebanese Society of Periodontology and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (I.C.O.I.).

Dr. Edward El Asmar

DDS, MS specialist in Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics

Dr. Edward El Asmar, earned his degree in medical dentistry from Saint Joseph university (USJ), Lebanon 2006. He pursued his education at the American university of Beirut (AUB) and got his specialty in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics (2009) and his masters degree in science.

With his expertise and knowledge he guides the patient for the best treatment he needs.

He is an active member of the Lebanese dental association.

Health Tips

Keys to maintain oral health

Did you know that your general health is related to your oral hygiene?

Maintaining a good oral hygiene is not only essential to prevent oral infections and diseases but also to keep your body healthy. In fact, many researchers have found that oral infections may have systemic complications:
- Periodontal disease (inflammatory disease that affects the soft and hard structures that support the teeth) may increase the risk of stroke. Research has shown that harmful bacteria in the mouth can make a person more susceptible to developing blood clots and can eventually increase the chance of a stroke.
- Poor oral health may worsen respiratory illness by promoting growth of harmful bacteria that can be transported to the lungs. When the germs reach the lungs, they can breed and multiply to cause pneumonia and bronchitis.
- Periodontal disease may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and heart attacks. In Fact, those with gum disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from heart disease as those with healthy gums.
- Bacteria often enter the body through the mouth. With poor oral care, infections progress faster. This increases the diseases the kidney must fight off.
- Diabetics are at greater risk for periodontal disease. Periodontal disease may disrupt the control of blood sugars, which can increase likelihood of serious complications, such as heart and lung diseases.

Keys to maintain oral health

Brushing, flossing and visiting your dentist regularly are the keys:
You need to brush your teeth twice a day (after taking your breakfast and before going to bed) for 3 to 6 minutes using Bass modified technique. Don’t forget to brush lightly (brushing hard will damage your gum) and to change your toothbrush every 3 months.
We will help you choosing the appropriate toothbrush for you.
Although very important, brushing only is not sufficient to remove all food remains: the dental floss will help you cleaning between your teeth to prevent interproximal decay.
You should have a regular dental visit at least every 6 months. We will provide you a dental cleaning and few x rays to check up your oral health accurately.

Dietary Habits you can change to improve your oral health

- Lessen the quantity of sugar intake & its frequency (candies, bread, pasta, pizza and sugar added to your coffee, tea and other drinks....): Plaque bacteria use that sugar to produce acids that attack your enamel, the hard surface of your tooth.
- Watch your citreous intake (ex: Orange juice): Frequent exposures to acidic foods can erode enamel, making teeth more susceptible to decay over time.
- Avoid sticky foods (dried fruits, corn flakes…): Sticky foods can damage your teeth since they tend to stay on the teeth longer than other types of food. If you find yourself eating dried fruits or trail mix often, make sure to rinse with water after and to brush and floss carefully.
- Finish your meal with a piece of cheese: It helps counteract acids produced from carbohydrate foods eaten at the same meal. Hard cheese increases the flow of saliva and contains calcium, phosphate and casein, a milk protein, which protects against demineralisation.
- Take sugar-free chewing gum after your meal: Both the sweet taste and chewing stimulate salivary flow, which contributes to the prevention of caries. Such chewing gums may also contain minerals such as calcium, phosphate and fluoride to enhance the repair process. Studies have reported that chewing sugar-free gum after a meal accelerates the clearance of food debris and reduces the rate of caries development in children.
-Choose your snacks wisely (ex: apple, carrot, raw vegetables): it stimulates your gum and increases saliva flow which prevents cavity build up.


Contact Us

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Address:

Beirut
Mar elias Street
IBL Bank Bldg 10th floor

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Phone:

Mob: +961 70 990 252
Tel:    +961   1 309 252

Email:

dr.sylva@merhidentalclinic.com

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Oral Hygiene

Dental plaque is considered the main factor that causes inflammatory gum diseases. In order to remove dental plaque and calculus and maintain oral health, a scaling session is needed at least every 6 month. It is followed by polishing that makes the tooth surface smooth and accumulation of plaque difficult.
An evaluation for the patient’s oral health will be done and if further treatments are necessary, he will be informed.
Techniques to maintain oral health will be explained and additional oral health tools will be prescribed if needed.

Composite Fillings

Composite fillings are aesthetic restorative materials, used to repair chipped, broken or worn teeth. They are also used in filling gaps (diastemas) between teeth or minor reshaping of teeth.
Composite restorations can have similar longevity to amalgam restorations with the advantage of reducing the quantity of mercury released to the environment.

Inlay/Onlay (composite, ceramic)


Dental inlays and onlays are restorations used to repair back teeth that have too much damage or decay in the tooth structure to be successfully treated using a filling, but have sufficient healthy tooth remaining to avoid the need for a crown.
They are durable, aesthetic, and have the ability to strengthen the restored tooth

Root canal therapy


Root canal therapy, also known as endodontic treatment, is a dental procedure in which the diseased or damaged pulp of a tooth is removed and root canals are filled and sealed.
It is done for teeth severely decayed or damaged causing pain . It helps relieve that pain and prevent further complications (abscess) and extraction. Once this treatment is performed, the patient must usually have a crown placed over the tooth to protect it.

Crowns & Bridges


Dental Crown


Dental Bridge

A dental crown is a tooth shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth to restore its shape and size. It may be needed to protect a weak tooth from breaking, to restore an already broken tooth, to cover a dental implant or to make a cosmetic modification.
There are two major types of crowns the Porcelain-fused-to-metal and the all ceramic or all porcelain crowns. The all ceramic crowns (emax, zirconia...) are more aesthetic, looks natural and prevent leaving a dark line at the gum.
To replace one or more missing teeth, the patient will be guided to choose between the implant and the bridge. It depends on the state of the adjacent teeth, the number of teeth missing and his needs.

Dentures


If you are missing a large number of teeth or all of them, they can be replaced by partial or complete dentures. Conventional dentures are removable. However, there are many different denture designs relying on teeth or implants.
Using the latest techniques help us providing you aesthetic, durable and comfortable dentures.

Teeth extraction


Although a tooth is very valuable for us, its extraction is needed when extremely damaged. Wisdom tooth are frequently removed to prevent their complications, if there is no space for them on the dental arch and to relieve pain.

Cosmetic or aesthetic dentistry improves your beauty, your smile and the overall appearance of your teeth!
We offer you all the dental healthy means to get the smile you want.

Teeth Whitening


Teeth are often stained from smoking, food, drink (coffee & tea) or poor oral hygiene. Whitening the teeth can enhance the appearance of your smile without changing their shape or size.
There are two methods of teeth whitening:

The home bleaching: we deliver you special customised trays with the bleaching product to use it at home. We give you all the instruction needed and we help you control the result.

The ‘in office’ whitening: Also known as professional or ‘chairside’ whitening. We use healthy products activated by a special machine to give you a brighter smile. One or more sessions are needed. It depends on your needs.

Dental jewels


Dental jewels are diamond accessories placed on the teeth for an attractive smile.
Many shapes and colours are available to please a diversity of patients.

Porcelain veneers


Designed to cover the front surface of teeth, Porcelain veneers are used to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length.
Only two sessions are needed to achieve a long lasting smile you’ve always wanted

Hollywood smile


It involves a comprehensive assessment of your smile aesthetics in order to improve its overall appearance. Typically one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as dental veneers, dental implants, gingival sculpting and teeth whitening, will be required for several teeth in both the upper and lower.

Gummy smile correction


Gummy smile (excessive gingival display) is a condition in which a high lip-line exposes an abnormal amount of gingival tissue.
These smiles can be corrected with simple procedures giving you a confident beautiful smile

Dental Implants


A natural tooth consists of a crown and a root. A dental implant is placed to replace the root when the tooth is missing. Implants can be covered with crowns, bridges or dentures depending on the number of teeth missing, the number of implants placed, occlusal and aesthetic considerations and patient’s needs.
Compared to conventional dentures, patients with implants have experienced more comfort, easier eating and improved self-esteem.
Compared to conventional bridges, implant placement will save adjacent teeth from being shaved and used as abutments and make cleaning easier. It will also prevent bone deterioration and gum recession.
Immediate placement of an implant after tooth extraction and immediate implant loading are feasible techniques but depends on many factors related to patient’s health, surgery conditions and the oral site criteria’s.

Sinus lift & Bone graft


After losing a tooth, the alveolar bone begins to remodel. Over time, usually it loses both height and width. Furthermore, the level of the floor of the maxillary sinus gradually becomes lower. This leads to a loss of bone volume available for implant placement. The goal of the sinus lift is to graft extra bone into the maxillary sinus to maximize the outcome of the dental implant surgery.
Bone graft is not only indicated with sinus lift procedures. It is also done as a treatment of bone and gum disease, traumatic accidents and in certain congenital or genetic conditions.

Crown lengthening


Talking about healthy durable restorations, some anatomical criteria’s should be preserved: The biological space and the remaining tooth structure. If the remaining tooth structure is not sufficient or the biological space1 has been violated by a decay, an old restoration or a fracture, crown lengthening is needed. It is a simple surgical procedure where gum and bone level are adjusted. When restorations violate the biological space, chronic pain, chronic inflammation of the gum and loss of bone tend to occur.
Crown lengthening is also done for aesthetic reasons to correct some gummy smiles.
1. It is the height between the deepest point of the gingival sulcus and the alveolar bone crest.

Gum graft


The root is the part of the tooth that is covered by the gum in healthy conditions. Due to traumatic brushing, gum diseases, bad restorations and many other causes, the gum can recede and expose the root. Hypersensitivity, inaesthetic tooth appearance, plaque accumulation and root decay might be the results.
In these cases, gum graft surgery can be performed to cover and protect the root surface avoiding gum recession inconveniences.

Definition

Orthodontic is the branch of dentistry that corrects teeth and jaws positioned improperly.
Results that we seek for after orthodontic treatment include a healthier mouth and a beautiful smile.

Traditional Mechanism

For comprehensive orthodontic treatment, metal wires are inserted into orthodontic brackets (braces), which can metallic (figure 1). Ceramic or crystal brackets (figure 2) were introduced enthusiastically for enhancing the esthetic appearance. Wires interact with the brackets to move teeth into the desired positions.


Fig. 1: Metallic brackets


Fig. 2: Ceramic brackets

Appliances


A-Headgears or functional appliances

They are often used to redirect jaws by enhancing differential growth (figure 3).
Orthodontic headgear is the general name for an appliance, worn partly outside the mouth to exert an extraoral force against the upper jaw. It is usually used for growing patients to move teeth or prevent them from moving (maintain anchorage). It should be worn for at least 10 to 12 hours. One common type of headgear is called the cervical pull type. The force is applied via a facebow placed in upper molars and a strap that is worn behind your neck. A similar device is the high-pull headgear, which also has a wire connecting to the teeth, plus a strap that goes behind and over the head.

Fig. 3: Pre and post treatment extra-oral pictures of a patient treated with head-gear appliance

B-Facemasks appliances

Facemask or reverse-pull headgear is an orthopedic appliance typically used in growing patients to correct underbites (technically termed Class-III orthodontic problems) by pulling forward and enhancing the growth of the upper jaw / maxilla, allowing it to catch up to the size of the lower jaw / mandible (figure 4). It decreases the worsening of the developing dentofacial dysmorphology.

Figure 4: Pre and post treatment extra-oral pictures of a patient treated with facemask appliance

C-Thumb sucking appliances

It is a “habit breaker appliance” such as a fixed palatal crib or a removable device (fig.5); it comes like a small metal appliance worn inside the mouth, attached to the upper teeth. How does it work? The semicircular wires of a palatal crib prevent the thumb or finger from touching the palate behind the front teeth. Simply preventing this contact seems to take all the delight away from the thumb sucking habit — and without that enjoyable feedback; a child has no reason to continue the behavior. In fact, the device is often successful the first day it's worn.

Figure 5: Tongue crib appliance

D-Palatal expanders

Palatal expanders widen gradually the upper jaw/maxilla by creating more space in a patient’s mouth (fig. 6). They do work because the upper jaw actually develops as two separate halves that do not totally fuse together until sometime after puberty. Before that happens, the two bones can gently be separated and stabilized over a period of several months. It is indicated to correct posterior crossbites and to provide additional space for erupting teeth or even impacted ones.

Figure 6: Palatal expander

E-Retainers

Orthodontists enhance facial aesthetics rather than focusing only on teeth. After the completion of fixed appliance therapy, patients will typically wear retainers (orthodontic devices), which assists in sustaining teeth in their proper positions while surrounding bone reforms around them. Removable retainers should ideally be worn full-time for a period, anywhere from just a few days to a year, then part-time (normally, nightly during sleep) for as long as the orthodontist recommends. Another alternative would be a bonded fixed retainer that is not affected by the compliance of the patient (fig. 7).


Figure 7: Lingual fixed retainer

Miniscrew

Paradigms and concepts in orthodontics have started to vary since the introduction in practice of temporary anchorage devices / miniscrews (fig. 8). The latter is a small metal screw that is inserted through the gum into the jaw bone. It facilitates teeth movemen which are not in proper position. When additional anchorage is needed to support the force applied, a miniscrew is used as an anchor to help straighten the teeth, distalizing or protracting molars and opening or closing spaces.

Figure 8: Miniscrew placed between maxillary first and second premolars

Combination of orthodontics and maxillo-facial surgeries

Orthognathic surgery is performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in collaboration with an orthodontist. It often includes braces before and after surgery and retainers after the final removal of braces. It is often needed after cleft palate reconstruction or other major craniofacial anomalies. Careful coordination between the surgeon and orthodontist is essential to ensure the correct position of the teeth after the surgery.

Latest technique using Invisible Eon aligner trays

Clear orthodontic aligners can straighten patients’ teeth without the wires and brackets of traditional braces. The aligners cover the teeth like a bleaching tray. The treatment consists of a series of aligners that can be removed on socially sensitive occasions.
Each tray must be worn by the patient for a specified amount of time-usually around 20 hours a day for two weeks. The patient can progress to the next step when all teeth are seated completely in the aligner after it had been worn for the specific period of time. In most instances, the aligners can straighten teeth in anywhere from 12 to 24 months.
Unlike traditional braces, the trays can be removed for brushing, flossing, and eating. Because the trays are clear, patients can undergo this type of orthodontic treatment without the usual discomfort associated with regular braces.


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