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Dental Crowns Could Be What Your Smile Needs

March 1, 2016

Filed under: Blog — Tags: , , — lapalcodental @ 8:00 am

You have a chipped tooth. Your reflexes aren’t quite as quick as they used to be. You learned that while pitching batting practice for your son’s baseball team.

Your neighbor just found out he will need a root canal treatment.

And one of your co-workers lost one of his teeth over the weekend.

It’s a good thing you all live in or near Marrero, LA, where the dentist at Lapalco Family Dental can fix all of your smiles with dental crowns.

Your Chipped Tooth

When you come to Lapalco Family Dental for your appointment, our dentist will restore your tooth to its former glory (and you won’t have to keep answering questions about how your tooth got broken).

The first step in the process is reshaping your damaged tooth. The break is the most obvious problem, but your tooth may have been weakened as a result of the impact of a flying baseball.

By reshaping your teeth, we will be removing the damaged parts of your tooth at the same time. This also preserves the stronger, healthier parts of your tooth.

This is also when you’ll appreciate that we offer CEREC dental crowns.

At another dentist office, they might have to send an order for your crown to a laboratory. It could take weeks for the lab to make your crown and ship it to the dentist. Then you will have to go back for a second appointment to have your permanent crown placed.

While you are waiting, that dentist will put a temporary crown in your mouth instead. This will serve as a placeholder although it won’t secured the same way as your permanent dental crown.

At Lapalco Family Dental, we can make your crown in our office on the same day as your appointment. You won’t have to wear a temporary crown. You won’t have to wait weeks for your real crown.

The day that you come to see us is the day that your tooth will be repaired.

Your Neighbor’s Root Canal

Nobody likes talking about root canals. Many people mistakenly believe they will be painful, when, really, they take away the pain caused by an infected tooth.

The dental crown your neighbor receives will be the final stage of his procedure.

Before the root canal treatment begins, your neighbor will receive either a local anesthetic, or he may undergo sedation dentistry so he doesn’t remember any of the procedure.

To remove the infected pulp inside your neighbor’s tooth, we make an opening in the crown. Once the infected material is removed, we sanitize the inside of the tooth, and we use a special material to fill it.

To seal the tooth, we can create a dental crown so your neighbor’s smile looks as good as it ever did and so your neighbor can continue using that tooth for eating.

Your Co-Worker’s Lost Tooth

A lost or missing tooth can create a lot of problems.

You didn’t say anything about it, but it was actually kind of distracting when you were talking to your co-worker. Plus, you could tell that he felt self-conscious about the space in his smile.

But you couldn’t see is the hole in his jawbone underneath his gums. From an oral health standpoint, this could be a bigger issue than the gap between his teeth.

Without a root in his jawbone, he could lose up to 25 percent of the bone density in that part of his mouth in the next 12 months. To prevent that, he has chosen to get a dental implant along with his dental crown.

Dental implants replace the roots of missing teeth. After the implant is placed, the jawbone will grow around it to hold it in place.

We can attach a dental crown on the implant to fully restore your co-workers’ smile (so he won’t feel so embarrassed) and the function of his teeth (so he can still order whatever he wants when you go to lunch together).

The Many Uses Of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are one of the most effective dental restorations ever devised. As we have shown, they can be used to repair damaged teeth, complete a root canal procedure, or to replace a missing tooth when paired with a dental implant.

Those are just a few of the ways we use dental crowns to help our patients at Lapalco Family Dental in Marrero, LA. If you would like to know if our dentist can help you or someone you know with a dental crown, fill out our online form or call 504-264-6461 to schedule an appointment.

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