Nicholas Fournier, DD

Dental Implants and Confidence

Losing your natural teeth is a very personal experience.When you have no choice but to lose them, you also lose a part of yourself, of your identity. Even though you can’t quantify that loss, you can feel it even before the extraction process. It is similar to the feeling of losing a limb, and the consequent distress and embarrassment. Missing teeth will shatter your confidence and having to accept dentures is challenging. It is very difficult to regain confidence with a moving piece that is now your teeth. That being said, in certain situations dentures work well, and patients are happy with the end result. Nonetheless, whether you are with family, friends or your spouse, it is difficult to feel confident when you are always worried about something possibly falling out of your mouth. However, teeth that are not stable or secure can be fixed. This is where dental implants come in. Dental implants will secure teeth in place, making them so rock solid that they will feel like your real teeth! That is something you can rely on. Your confidence, your smile and a feeling of normalcy will return for good, allowing your life. We don’t realize the impact of something until we lose it. Moreover, if we are lucky to get it back, our quality of life also comes back. Let me tell you a story. One of my patients came to me with a lower denture (which she had had for the past two years) that simply never worked properly. I had never seen a patient with such low self-esteem: she struggled with this problem on a daily basis, she no longer went out and refused to be seen without teeth. Her life was effectively shutting down. She thought herself too old for dental implants and believed the procedure was too expensive. I informed her that she was not alone, that many people deal with this kind of situation and that dental implants could change her life for the better. While it took some time for her to agree, she finally decided to get dental implants. From the very first day that she got her teeth attached to the implants, her attitude was transformed. She was finally happy and even wondered how she ever went without them. Despite her positive outlook, I had to ask her if dental implants were truly worth it at her age and with the state of her health. She told me it was a game changer and that if everyone knew about it, it could uplift so many people. She even shared with me that she would do it again in a heartbeat, regardless of her age.

New fire halls in Rockland and Bourget were the most recent major infrastructure projects for the City of Clarence-Rockland’s emergency services department. Now city council has approved setting up a budget plan for building the municipality’s own fire training facility for its local fire fighters. The facility will eliminate the need to use the live-fire training centre in Ottawa to meet to deal with the extra skills needs for Clarence-Rockland’s volunteer firefighters. —archives


$72,000 but CR Fire Chief Pierre Voisine thinks the money would be better spent as the starting point for a special fund to build a containerized fire training facility. Chief Voisine argued the case for the budget funding change in a recent report to councils committee of the whole. Right now Clarence-Rockland sends its firefighters, both full-time and volunteer, to the fire training facility in Ottawa, at a cost of about $3000 each time for a trainee group, for any special training needs that are not possible at their home stations. In his report, Chief Voisine noted that the current fire protection master plan’s recommendations and the past few years of callouts for the department indicate “a need for live-fire training” to ensure that local fire station crews have all the skills they need to deal with any number of potential situations. The city could also earn future revenue by offering the facility for use to neighbouring municipalities for their own firefighter training needs. Past reviews of the expense for a local fire training facility estimated $500,000 as the possible cost. But Voisine’s report noted modifications to the design plan, along with “some in-house ingenuity” could bring the projected cost down to about $200,000. “The $72,000 will go a long way in achie- ving this,” Voisine stated in his report, adding that the rest of the funding requirements would be part of his department’s 2021 budget plan list for council to review. Council approved transferring the $72,000 into a special holding fund for a fire training facility and to make further funding for construction of the facility part of the 2021 budget discussion.

budget plan for future construction of a fire training facility for the Clarence-Rockland Fire Department. The plan begins with reallocating money in the 2020 budget that was set aside to replace the SUV at CR Station 1 for field use by senior fire department staff. Replacement cost of the specially equipped SUV was

The City of Clarence-Rockland will have its special training facility for local fire- fighters some day. Council accepted a recommendation from its committee of the whole to start a



Labour Day Saturday for police in Rockland began with one impaired driving case and finished with another one. Police had a traffic check stop on Alma Street in Rockland on September 5 and pulled over one vehicle at 1:45 a.m. The driver failed the roadside screening device test and was taken to the detachment for a Breathalyzer test. The Breathalyzer test resulted in charges of impaired driving and driving with a blood-alcohol level exceeding 80 milligrams. About 17 hours later an early-evening traffic complaint on Laporte Street in Rockland resulted in another arrest for suspected drunk driving. Following results of a Breathalyzer test, police charged the driver with impaired driving and driving with a blood-alcohol level exceeding 80 milligrams.

Police had two impaired driving cases in Rockland on Labour Day Saturday, one in the early morning and the other in the early evening. —archives In both cases the drivers had their licences suspended for 90 days and their vehicles impounded for seven days. Their cases are now scheduled for a future session of provincial court in L’Orignal.

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