May 9, 2017
When your tooth is in need of repair, whether it’s a dental crown or bridge, the last thing you want to worry about is walking around with a temporary restoration while you wait for a permanent one to be made.
The good news is that at Lapalco Family Dental in Marrero, LA, you don’t have to! Take a look at today’s infographic about how our CEREC one-day crown technology works.
October 24, 2016
At Lapalco Family Dental, we see both children and adults. So we know that losing a tooth or even several teeth when you’re a child is usually no big thing. You know it’s temporary and that those gaps will be closed by new adult teeth. But it’s a different story when you’re an adult and lose a tooth or teeth.
Suddenly, you’re looking at the prospect of flashing a gap-toothed smile for the rest of your life. Or, not smiling at all. You many not know it yet, but you’ll be more likely to chew on the side with more teeth. That can lead to premature wear on those teeth, to muscle imbalances, and to headaches.
Let’s be clear: there are plenty of adults who live with one or more missing teeth. But very, very few are happy about that fact.
You may have thought that replacing that missing tooth or teeth was too expensive. The fact is that getting a dental bridge or dental implant may actually save you money down the road. And either option will greatly improve your quality of life.
A dental bridge is basically three crowns bonded together. A crown (or cap, as you may have heard it called) is either a hollow or solid “false tooth.” In the case of dental bridges, the hollow end crowns, known as abutments, fit over healthy teeth. Those teeth will likely need to be reduced a bit in size so that the crowns look natural.
The solid crown that fills the gap is called the pontic. Once the abutments are cemented into place, the pontic takes over the smiling and/or chewing duties for the missing tooth.
Dental bridges are very well-established technology. The materials used to make them are more durable and lifelike than ever. Despite those materials, bridges still have some potential drawbacks.
The first drawback is in the nature of design itself. Chewing exerts tremendous pressure; when you chew on a pontic, that pressure is transferred to the abutments, increasing stress on those teeth. Over time, that stress can lead to failure of the bridge. Also, decay can compromise one or both abutments, again causing the bridge to fail. That’s more common than you might think, because dental bridges require a special flossing technique that not everyone takes the time to master.
Still, a dental bridge can be a good solution. Generally speaking, one or crowns, or perhaps the bridge itself, may need to be replaced every 8 to 10 years. Some last longer, others fail more quickly.
The state-of-the-art solution for missing teeth is the dental implant. The implant itself a tiny titanium screw that is inserted through the gum and into the bone below. Once the bone has fused to the screw, the dental restoration is firmly attached. That restoration is a single solid crown for one implant, or a bridge or even a full arch of replacement teeth when a number of implants are used.
Implants offer a number of advantages over dental bridges. The implant basically replaces a tooth root. That transfers the pressure of chewing to the underlying bone, which helps keep it healthy. Bridges can’t do that.
The titanium implants themselves should last as long you live, and restorations that are placed on implants tend to last considerably longer. So, while implants may be a more expensive option up front, many people actually save money in the long run.
You don’t have to live with the embarrassment and pain of missing teeth any longer. But
there’s only one way to know which option is right for your needs, and that’s to schedule a consultation with Lapalco Family Dental. To schedule a visit at our dentist office in Marrero, LA, call 504-264-6461 or fill out our online form.
February 15, 2016
Later this year, we will be voting for the next President of the United States.
This got us to thinking about our first President, George Washington. Many of you may have heard the stories about him having wooden teeth. The truth is that he did have false teeth, but they were not made of wood.
His false teeth were made of ivory, and they were held in place with wires that were attached to his remaining natural teeth, according to the Mount Vernon website.
In the history of the humanity, people have used all kinds of things — ivory, animal bones, animal teeth, and even teeth taken from dead soldiers — to replace lost and missing teeth.
Today, we have a much better option for our patients at Lapalco Family Dental in Marrero, LA. That option is dental implants. Keep reading to understand why our dentist called them “the greatest new technology we have in dentistry.”
What Is A Dental Implant?
Dental crowns, bridges, and dentures are primarily meant to replace the crowns of your missing teeth. Dental implants replace the roots of your lost teeth.
The roots anchor your teeth in your jaw, much like the root of a tree holds it in the ground. This also helps to explain how dental implants can help you.
First, dental implants are good for the bones in your mouth.
Your roots provide stimulation to the bone when you bite and chew, and this encourages new bone growth. If you lose a single tooth, you can lose up to 25 percent of your bone density in that part of your mouth with a year.
A dental implant can provide similar stimulation to your bone, which keeps it healthy, growing, and strong.
Second, modern dental implants are titanium metal cylinders. We use titanium because of a process known as osseointegration, which means that your bone will bond directly to the implant. That is why your dental implants stay will stay securely in your jaw.
Crowns And Bridges
If you have a missing tooth or you need a tooth removed, placing a dental implant provides a solid foundation for one of our CEREC dental crowns.
If you have lost multiple teeth, then you may want dental implants to hold a dental bridge or partial dentures.
With either dental crowns or bridges, you will look like you have a full set of natural teeth, and just as important, they will give you the function of a full set of teeth as well.
Dentures With Implants
If you are missing a complete arch of teeth, then you may have resigned yourself to a life of soft foods. You may have accepted that your dentures could come loose while you are speaking or eating.
And you may think that you just have to accept the taste of the adhesives you use so your dentures will be a little more secure.
Thanks to dental implants, that doesn’t have to be the case for you.
A healthy person with all of his or her teeth has a bite force between 200 and 250 pounds. That’s more than enough to eat the foods that people like the eat.
In contrast, you may only have one-fifth or one-sixth of the bite force that you had with your natural teeth if you have dentures, according to a study published in the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation.
That means a person who had 250 pounds of bite force would only have between 42 and 50 pounds of force with dentures. If that’s the maximum bite force you can produce, then it makes sense why biting into an apple, chewing on a piece of steak, or trying to bite into a piece of candy could be challenging.
Believe it or not, you can get all your bite force back with dental implants. By strategically placing dental implants in your mouth, they can support a full set of dentures.
Implants make your dentures secure and stable. This means your dentures will remain in place no matter what foods you try to eat, and you won’t have to worry about your dentures coming loose.
Stronger, Healthier, Happier
As long as people experience tooth decay and gum disease and teeth sometimes get knocked loose, then people will have a reason to replace missing and lost teeth.
If this happens to you, our dentist at Lapalco Family Dental in Marrero, LA, will be happy to place dental implants to restore your smile.
If you would like to find out if implants could help you or someone you love, call 504-264-6461 or fill out our online form to make an appointment.