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How To Restore Your Smile In One Day [BLOG]

September 18, 2017

One of the reasons patients tell us they waited so long to seek help for their smile problems is because they felt intimidated and overwhelmed by the process. That’s understandable because when you have major problems with your teeth, or are missing teeth entirely, it can be scary to think about how you could possibly come back from that kind of devastation to your oral health.

How many procedures would you have to endure? How long would all of it take? Or even more frightening, how painful would it be? Many people who’ve lost teeth, for example, let their oral health get off track because they were scared to go to the dentist in the first place. So all these roadblocks make sense.

But Dr. Landry and our team at Lapalco Family Dental want you to know you can restore your smile to its original glory, and you can do it in only one visit to our Marrero dental office!

We’ll explain how we can do that in a minute, but first, let’s talk about the reasons you shouldn’t put off fixing your dental problems any longer.

Reason #1 – You’ll look great and feel even better!

A damaged smile is embarrassing, there’s no question. The damage starts with your teeth in the form of chips, cracks, breaks, and tooth loss. But from there, the damage becomes emotional. You’re ashamed of your smile, so naturally, you avoid social interaction or any situation where you’d risk revealing the unsightly smile problems you have.

A smile that’s plagued with problems can also send a message that you’re lazy or that you don’t care about your health, which in most cases, couldn’t be further from the truth!

All of this can have a devastating effect on your emotional and physical health. Getting the dental treatment you need will not only give you an attractive smile, but it will give you a much needed boost in self-confidence to enjoy your life.  

Reason #2 – You can enjoy foods you’ve avoided for years!

If you’re missing teeth or have loose, shifting teeth, it will inevitably affect your ability to eat certain foods. Empty spaces or even dental pain will have an adverse effect on your nutrition. The changes to your diet then begin this domino effect of poor nutrition, and of course, poor health overall.

Restoring your smile will allow you to have fully-functioning teeth so you can eat enjoy the foods you love and maintain more nutritional balance for better health.

Reason #3 – You’ll reclaim your oral health and avoid problems in the future!

When it comes to your teeth and gums, letting even minor issues go untreated leads to serious problems down the road. So when you replace missing teeth or fix damaged teeth, you’re reclaiming your oral health once and for all. You’ll have strong, durable, and lasting restorations that will allow you to brush and floss with ease.

How Can We Restore Your Smile In One Day?

In our Marrero dental office, we house the latest in advanced technology so you can get the care you need without being sent to multiple specialists over a long stretch of appointments.

CEREC Same-Day Restorations – Our CEREC technology has completely changed the way we do dentistry! It allows us to create and place your restorations while you’re right there in the dental chair! In only one visit, we can custom create dental solutions such as:

-Dental Crowns

-Dental Veneers

-Dental Bridges

Another advantage of this same-day technology is that it cuts down the number of appointments you would need for dental implants and implant-retained dentures because the restorations you would need for each process can be done in one visit. CEREC gives patients more options in a convenient, hassle-free way.

Schedule An Appointment

We hope that what you’ve read has made you see some light at what moments ago was probably a very dark tunnel. Now you know there is a dental office that houses the kind of advanced technology to restore your smile in a faster, more convenient way than ever before!

You don’t have to be intimidated by your dental problems or put off treatment for one more day.

Give us a call at 504-264-6461 today or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment to restore your smile!

A Tale Of Two Chipped Teeth

August 25, 2016

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

They had the best of smiles … then they had the worst of smiles.

Twins Timmy and Tommy took turns trying to outdo one another in almost everything. If one won a race, then the other would try to run farther.

They decided to have a popcorn eating contest (don’t ask why, they just did). They each got a big tub. The winner was whoever finished his tub first.

As they raced to eat, they each bit into unpopped kernels. Mind you, this didn’t stop them. They just kept going. When they were finished (at about the same time), they each noticed something odd.

Both of them had chipped a tooth during their popcorn showdown.

Tommy decided to call Lapalco Family Dental in Marrero, LA, and Timmy called another dentist office.

Another Race?

Seriously, these twins competed over everything. Timmy said he was sure that his tooth would be fixed before Tommy’s. Tommy replied that Timmy shouldn’t be so sure about that.

You see, Tommy knew something that Timmy didn’t. Tommy knew that Lapalco Family Dental offered CEREC crowns.

They agreed that they would make their appointments at the same time on the same day, so they could determine a “winner” easier.

Tommy’s Appointment

Tommy arrived for his appointment feeling confident about his chances.

Dr. Landry looked at his tooth, and he agreed that a dental crown would be the best way to restore his tooth. This way Tommy’s smile would still look natural, and just as important, his crown would restore his ability to eat as well.

Dr. Landry explained that they would start by removing a portion of Tommy’s tooth. This way they could create a dental crown that fit perfectly in the place of his chipped tooth.

After that, the staff used their in-office milling machine to create a dental crown for Tommy.

Timmy’s Appointment

Timmy’s appointment start virtually identically to Tommy’s. Timmy’s dentist looked at his tooth and explained that a dental crown would be the best solution.

The dentist reshaped Timmy’s tooth and placed a temporary crown over it. This temporary crown was made of an acrylic material. It kind of looked like a tooth but its main function was to cover the natural part of the tooth until Timmy’s permanent crown was ready.

The dentist said they would order his dental crown from a laboratory, and the would call him when it was ready.

Timmy left with his temporary crown in place, confident that victory would soon be his.

Back At Tommy’s Appointment

Tommy was at Lapalco Family Dental a little longer than his brother as at his appointment.

But in the end, Tommy knew is was worth the wait.

When the CEREC machine was finished, Dr. Landry bonded Tommy’s permanent crown to his tooth. Dr. Landry explained that Tommy would still need to care for his crown like he does the rest of his natural teeth.

That means brushing and flossing every day.

But he also let Tommy know that by the time he left, his CEREC crown could be used just like any of his other teeth while he was eating.

At The House

Timmy was waiting on the couch when Tommy got back from his appointment.

“I told you my tooth would be fixed before yours,” Timmy announced with a smug look on his face.

Tommy asked Timmy if he had his permanent crown already. Timmy said, no, but he expected to have it within a few weeks.

Tommy then walked over to Timmy and opened his mouth.

“That is my permanent crown,” Tommy said, trying not to sound smugger than Timmy did earlier.

“How is that possible?” Timmy asked.

Tommy explained that his dentist was able to make a crown in one day thanks to the CEREC system. He said his dental crown was as effective as a real tooth, and he wouldn’t have to go back to the dentist to complete the process.

Timmy was a little dejected, but he would not stay discouraged for long.

“The next time I chip my tooth, I’m going to Lapalco Family Dental,” he said.

Treat Your Teeth Right

You have probably figured out by now that Timmy and Tommy aren’t real. They are two brothers we made up to illustrate how CEREC crowns are one of the ways we help our patients save time at our Louisiana dental center.

If you should need a dental crown, then please call us 504-264-6461 or use our online form to request an appointment at your earliest convenience.

But don’t be like Timmy. Don’t do things you know could lead to your teeth getting chipped.