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.
April 26, 2017
One of the most common and multifaceted restorations in dentistry today is the dental crown. It’s a tooth-colored cap that covers, restores, and protects damaged, decayed, or weakened teeth. Crowns can be used to fix all sorts of dental problems, such as:
-Restore teeth that are too damaged for traditional fillings
-Protect a tooth after a root canal procedure
-Change the shape or appearance of a tooth
-Replace old, worn, failing or broken restorations
Placing dental crowns has traditionally involved several steps and multiple visits to your dentist. A dentist has to prepare the tooth, take an impression, and then place a temporary crown while you wait for your permanent crown to be made. Once it’s been fabricated, you return to the dentist to have your permanent crown placed.
When you consider the way dentists used to deal with problems, using tooth extraction as the primary method of solving dental issues like large cavities or teeth in need of root canals, it makes today’s common dental crown placement procedure seem like a dream!
But the truth is, modern technology allows our team at Lapalco Family Dental to make dental crowns faster and more convenient than ever. Our skilled dentist, Dr. Landry, uses the latest in advanced technology, known as CEREC, to design, create, and place your dental crowns in only one day!
Here are just some of the advantages of our CEREC same-day crown technology:
One Convenient Appointment – As we mentioned earlier, typically dental crowns require you to make multiple visits to your dentist. CEREC cuts that time significantly down to one convenient dental appointment.
You come in for your morning appointment where our experienced team will prepare your tooth, then we can design and create your crown while you wait. After a few hours, you walk out of our office with a permanent solution, all without having to sacrifice more time away from work or family than you need to.
No Wasted Time Or Money On A Temporary Fix – CEREC technology allows you to eliminate the need for a temporary crown altogether. This is good news, especially to those of you who’ve had to deal with them before. They’re tight, uncomfortable, and unsightly. Did we mention that they aren’t as secure as permanent crowns, either?
And not that this happens often, but temporary crowns can also leak or become dislodged, damaging the very tooth it was meant to protect. With same-day permanent crowns at Lapalco Family Dental, you don’t have to deal with that risk at all!
No More Impressions That Test Your Gag Reflex – If you’ve ever had the privilege of having a dentist take an impression of your teeth, you might easily recall how unpleasant an experience it can be. It can test your gag reflex and make you feel like you’re going to choke. It can be terribly uncomfortable for some people, and who can blame them?
With our CEREC technology, Dr. Landry takes a 3D scan of your teeth instead and sends those images to the CEREC computer. That’s where your permanent crown is custom designed, and then it’s off to the milling device that carves out your new comfortable, strong, and natural-looking crown.
A Customized, More Comfortable Fit – The other advantage of a digital impression over the goopy, gag-inducing impressions is accuracy. Advanced technology like CEREC allows us to create the perfect size to fit you because the margin for error is incredibly small. A better fitting permanent crown will feel natural and make it easier to maintain proper oral hygiene.
A Natural-Looking, More Attractive Restoration – As if CEREC weren’t already a modern marvel, it also comes with a shade chart that allows us to perfectly match the new crown to your natural teeth. We want to protect teeth and oral health with crowns that blend in with your natural smile. If we’ve done our job well, no one will be able to tell you’ve had any work done!
When you need a dental crown, trust a team that’s committed to giving their patients the most advanced, effective treatment options in dentistry. Give Lapalco Family Dental a call today at 504-264-6461 today or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment.
April 1, 2017
Instead of walking out of our office with an uncomfortable temporary crown, we can place your dental crown the same day we prepare it, thanks to our marvelous CEREC technology!
Today, Dr. Landry talks about the remarkable time-saving convenience of our modern technology here at Lapalco Family Dental. We help our patients receive high quality dental care they need quickly and efficiently. That’s what you can expect when you trust us with all your restorative dental needs.
November 1, 2016
When you look at your teeth in the mirror, do you wish you could do something about those chips, cracks, or missing teeth? Call us at 504-264-6461 to schedule your next appointment for dental crowns. Dr. Landry is your dentist in Marrero, LA with modern training and old-fashioned customer service. Plus, you can get your dental crown in one day thanks to our CEREC technology.
Why You Can Need A Dental Crown
Dental crowns are caps that cover your teeth. They’re made to look and feel like a healthy version of the tooth they cover. Each one is custom-made to fit your particular tooth. Dental crowns can be used to correct:
* Weak or thin enamel
* Missing teeth
When it comes to restoring your smile, dental crowns do a lot. That’s why you should call our Marrero, LA dental office today and make an appointment. Dr. Landry takes continuing education courses each year to stay fresh and learn the latest techniques. With his help, your smile can look great with dental crowns.
CEREC Technology So You Don’t Wait Weeks
In some dental offices, getting a dental crown can take weeks. That’s because the crown has to be made in an off-site lab. A dentist takes measurements, sends them to the lab, and a few weeks later, it finally arrives.
Lapalco Family Dental can get your crown ready the same day as your appointment. How can we do it that quickly? Because we have our own CEREC machine in our Marrero, LA dental office. CEREC stands for “Ceramic Reconstruction.” Dr. Landry enters the measurements, and the CEREC machine literally makes your dental crown while you wait.
Not every dental office in the area has CEREC technology. Dr. Landry is dedicated to using new but proved dental technologies, which is why we have CEREC here.
4 Reasons People Love CEREC One-Day Dental Crowns
But what can CEREC dental crowns specifically do for you? Here are four reasons people love this restorative dentistry treatment.
1. CEREC dental crowns repair and protect teeth with chips or cracks in the enamel.
The enamel on your teeth is durable, but it can get banged up over the years. You can get injured in sports, take a fall down the stairs, land hard while riding a bike, and more. All of that can lead to chipped and cracked enamel.
Call us today and schedule your appointment for CEREC dental crowns. Dr. Landry has years of experience with dental crowns, so he knows how to make sure they will look and fit well in your smile. Chips and cracks will be hidden and sealed up so they don’t get any worse.
2. CEREC dental crowns repair cavities that grew too big for a dental filling.
Normally, cavities are repaired by a filling. However, that only works if you catch the cavity in time. Cavities continue to grow until a dentist can remove the eroded enamel and seal up the damage. Since there are no nerve endings in your enamel, it’s not hard to have a cavity grow too big for a filling.
That’s why you need to call our Marrero, LA dental office today for CEREC dental crowns. These can repair large cavities so you can eat normally again. Thanks to our CEREC technology, you can get your dental crown in one day instead of weeks.
3. CEREC dental crowns can replace missing teeth as part of a dental bridge or dental implant.
When you’re missing a tooth or two, things can be tough. You probably don’t like your smile anymore. Certain foods are harder to eat as well. Dental bridges and dental implants both use CEREC dental crowns to replace missing teeth.
By calling our Marrero, LA dental office today, you can get an appointment for a CEREC dental crown. Dr. Landry has advanced training and knows how to carefully replace lost teeth with dental bridges or dental implants. Your smile can soon be complete.
4. CEREC dental crowns strengthen a tooth after a root canal.
When the bacteria behind cavities get inside your tooth, it can be painful. Worse, it can make your tooth weak and eventually need to be extracted. Root canals are not painful! They can remove the infection and save the tooth. Afterward, a CEREC dental crown can be placed over that tooth so it’s strong again.
Dr. Landry has the right mix of training and experience to use CEREC dental crowns effectively. Plus, you won’t have to wait weeks for the crown to arrive since Dr. Landry makes them right here in our Marrero, LA dental office.
Call us TODAY at 504-264-6461 for your next appointment for dental crowns. Whether you need to repair damage, replace missing teeth, or strengthen a weak tooth, our CEREC dental crowns can be just what you need.
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.
Here at Lapalco Family Dental, located in Marrero, LA, the health of our patients’ smiles is our number one priority! That means helping you get through the upcoming holiday season! Halloween is right around the corner, and it’s the “sweetest” holiday of the year.
But those sweets treats can cause problems for kids’ teeth (and yours, if you have a “sweet tooth”) if some basic rules of good oral hygiene aren’t followed. Those problems include tooth chipping or even breakage, loss of dental restorations, and dental plaque building up that can cause decay.
With that in mind, here are 5 tips for a healthy smile this Halloween season.
Tip #1: Avoid sticky and hard candies.
We know that can be tough to do since a lot of families still prefer to grab a handful of those wrapped candies and drop in them in the goody bags of costumed kids.
Hard candies can chip or actually break teeth if your child (or you!) bites down hard enough. And few people have the willpower to continue to let the candy dissolve in the mouth. Better to avoid hard candies than to risk a healthy tooth! And if you have dental restorations such as crowns or bridges, you’d be better off giving the hard candies a pass, too.
Sticky candies won’t threaten your kids’ teeth or yours with breakage, but they’re notorious for getting in between teeth where brushing won’t remove the sugary stuff. And, if you or someone in your family has a filling or two, you could be putting those fillings at risk with sticky candy. Some people have actually pulled out part or all of a filling!
Tip #2: Eat your candy with meals.
One thing about candy is that it’s addictive – almost literally so. It’s amazingly easy to dip into the goody bag between meals and before you know it, your children have eaten a third of what’s in there! And, that sugary stuff usually stays on the teeth and gums until bedtime, feeding the decay-causing plaque that’s trying to grow there.
Save Halloween candy as a special dessert for after dinner. That way, your kids won’t overeat and it’ll be just a few hours before they brush away the remains of their indulgence.
Tip #3: Don’t forget to brush!
This may sound like a “doh!” tip, but you’d be surprised how much the Halloween season disrupts people’s schedules. Your kids may attend Halloween parties and come back home bouncing off the walls. Or, they may sneak some of that delicious sugary stuff in spite of your best efforts.
That’s what makes regular brushing and flossing even more important at Halloween. There are way more temptations than usual out there, and the energy with which kids embrace the season (and candy!) can disrupt schedules. Make a special effort at this time of year to never let the kids go to bed without caring for their teeth.
Tip #4: Drink lots of water.
Water used to be known as the “universal solvent” because so many things dissolve in it. It’s not usually called that anymore, but it’s still true that sugars are water-soluble – given them enough exposure to water, and they’ll dissolve.
The more often your kids drink plain water during the season, the better chance that the residue from sugary over-indulgence will dissolve and wash away. And that can save you a lot of time, aggravation, and money down the road.
Tip #5: Maintain a healthy diet.
This might be the hardest of the 5 tips to follow at this time of year. We can probably all remember when we were kids and not wanting supper because we dug into the candy stash.
Growing children need a balanced, healthy diet just as much if not more as adults. The Halloween season requires parents to be ever-vigilant in not letting their children replace healthy meals with handfuls of candy.
A Check-up Might Just be a Good Idea
At Lapalco Family Dental, we appreciate the fact that so many of our families schedule regular checkups for themselves and their children. But with the negative effects of massive candy use on young teeth this time of year, why not schedule a quick checkup? If you have the slightest doubt about how well your child’s teeth have weathered the season, let us put your mind at ease.
August 25, 2016
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.
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 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 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.
But don’t be like Timmy. Don’t do things you know could lead to your teeth getting chipped.
March 1, 2016
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.
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.