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How Does CEREC One Day Crowns Work? [INFOGRAPHIC]

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.

Trust your restorative dentistry needs to our team at Lapalco Family Dental. Give us a call at 504-264-6461 today or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment.

CEREC Crowns: Your Same-Day Solution! [BLOG]

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.


Same-Day Crowns At Your Marrero Dental Office [VIDEO]

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.

How can Dr. Landry and our experienced, caring team help you today? Give us a call at 504-264-6461 today or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment.

4 Ways Restorative Dentistry Could Help You

May 22, 2016

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Your cousin recently had a root canal treatment.

Your father just got a set of implant-supported dentures.

One of your neighbors just got a dental crown.

And you received a filling to fix a cavity.

What do you all have in common? All of you have benefitted from restorative dentistry.

This is exactly what it sounds like. It’s the field of dentistry devoted to restoring your teeth to something similar to their original condition.

Restorative care is one of the many services we offer at our dental center in Marrero, LA. Today we will discuss four ways that restorative dentistry and Lapalco Family Dental could help you or someone you love.

▶︎ Root Canal Treatment

Toothaches are a problem. When you have an infected tooth, your morning coffee or an ice cream cone on a hot afternoon can be a source of pain.

The infections that require a root canal treatment occur when bacteria reaches the inside of your tooth. The bacteria can cause the soft pulp to become inflamed, which can create the pain you are feeling. This may be a constant, lingering pain, and the pain may be sharper at particular times.

A root canal can correct the problem and alleviate your pain. During this treatment, our dentist will remove the infected pulp along with the nerves and blood vessels from the inside of your tooth.

After cleaning your tooth, he will add a special material and seal the tooth to reduce your risk of reinfection. Your pain should go away, and you should be able to enjoy a hot cup of coffee once again.

▶︎ Implant-Supported Dentures

Millions of people throughout the United States are missing at least one row of teeth. Many of them settle for traditional dentures, which restore the appearance of their smiles and a fraction of their chewing power.

Whenever possible, we recommend implant-supported dentures instead. Rather than just replace the part of your lost or missing teeth, why not replace the whole thing?

Dental implants have been created to replace the lost roots of your teeth. This provides more stability and security for your dentures.

You will restore your smile, and you won’t have to worry about your dentures slipping out of place. And you will be able to eat anything that you want, just like you could when you had all your teeth.

▶︎ Dental Crowns

Our teeth can be damaged in a lot of ways.

You could fall or get hit in the mouth and part of a tooth could break loose. You could bite into a nut or an unpopped popcorn kernel and find that you have chipped your tooth as a result.

You also may have neglected your oral hygiene and developed a cavity that has gotten so bad, that your tooth is starting to turn black.

Instead of ignoring these problems, you can fix them with a dental crown.

We can reshape your tooth by removing the parts of your tooth that have been damaged by a break, chip, or tooth decay. In this process, we are saving the healthy parts of your tooth and creating an abutment where we can place your dental crown.

One of the advantages of getting your dental crown at Lapalco Family Dental is we can make your crown on the same day as your visit. With our CEREC milling machine, we can mold a piece of ceramic to look like one of your teeth and bond it in place before you leave.

At some other dentist offices, you may have to wait for weeks after your initial visit to get your permanent crown.

▶︎ Tooth Fillings

Tooth decay can go by many names, but you may have heard them called cavities more than a few times. More than likely, you or someone you know has had at least one cavity. In the United States, more than 90 percent of the population will have at least one cavity in their lives.

If you deal with your cavity early, you often can treat it simply with a filling. We use tooth-colored fillings in our office. They provide the same protection as amalgam (metal) fillings, and they blend in seamlessly with your smile.

No Problem Is Too Big Or Small

Restorative dentistry can help someone who needs to repair a single tooth or who needs to replace all of his or her teeth. You can find the treatments mentioned above and more at our Louisiana dental center located in Marrero.

You can make an appointment or ask any questions you may have by calling 504-264-6461 or filling out our online contact form.

Save Your Smile & Your Time With A CEREC Crown

February 1, 2016

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You have a lot on your plate between your family, your friends, and your job. You may have trouble finding the time to do the things you need to do, so trying to find time for a dental appointment may be difficult.

And if you need a dental crown, that’s even trickier because you may need to make two appointments … unless you have your dental crown created and placed in one day.

That’s possible if you live in Harvey or anywhere else within driving distance of our dentist office in Marrero, LA. Keep reading to learn about CEREC crowns, then call Lapalco Family Dental to find out how you can get yours in just one visit to our office.

Why A Dental Crown Can Help

Before we explain how you can get a CEREC same-day crowns, we want to make sure you understand the purpose of a dental crown.

When you have your dental crown, it will look just like on of your natural teeth. Just as important, it will function like a real tooth, so you can continue eating the foods that you love.

If you need a dental crown, that means something is wrong with your tooth. Here are some of the most common problems we fix with crowns:

◆ Chipped tooth — You may have lost part of a tooth if you were in an accident. Having a chipped tooth can make you self-conscious about your smile. It also leaves that tooth more vulnerable to a bacterial infection, which could cause our next problem.

◆ Decayed Tooth — We probably don’t need to explain why tooth decay is bad for you teeth. In some cases, the damage is minimal and can be corrected with a filling. In more serious cases, a dental crown may be necessary to remove all the decay and to reduce the risk of reinfection.

◆ Discolored Tooth — A decayed tooth can certainly turn an ugly yellow, brown, or black color. You also may develop a stained tooth due to habits like smoking or excessive coffee or tea drinking.

◆ Misshapen Tooth — If you have a tooth that is misshapen in some way, it may cause problems with your bite. A dental crown can resolve this issue.

◆ Weak Tooth — This could be the result of a tooth filling that has been replaced so many times that it has worn down the structure of your tooth. This may be the result of tooth decay, and it may be the result of an injury to your mouth.

CEREC Vs. Other Dental Crowns

Almost any dental crown will fix the problems we mentioned above. You have to decide how soon you want your crown.

With many dental crowns, the dentist will make an impression of the tooth to be reshaped. This impression is sent to a laboratory, so they can make your crown.

The dentist also will reshape your tooth into an abutment. In the process, he or she will remove the damaged, decayed, or discolored portions of your tooth. After he or she is finished, the dentist will place a temporary crown on your tooth.

Hopefully, your temporary crown won’t come loose in the weeks while you are waiting for your permanent crown to arrive. When it does, you will need to ask your boss for more time off work or give up some time with your family to get the crown bonded to your tooth.

At Lapalco Family Dental, we offer CEREC crowns because we know your time is valuable. (CEREC is an abbreviation for ceramic reconstruction, in case you were wondering.)

With CEREC, we start by making a digital impression of your damaged tooth. That impression is sent to a computer that controls our milling machine. We don’t have to send your impression somewhere else. We can make it in our office.

Our dentist will still need to reshape your tooth into an abutment. But instead of placing a temporary crown, we can cement your permanent crown in place before you leave.

You can walk in with a problematic tooth and walk out with your dental crown that same day.

Value Your Time And Your Teeth

We know when we have a problem, we want it fixed as soon as possible. With dental crowns, same-day service is as good you can get.

Find out why patients make the drive to see our dentist, Dr. Landry, at Lapalco Family Dental in Marrero, LA. Call 504-264-6461 or fill out our online form to make an appointment for your CEREC same-day dental crown.

CEREC: The Next Generation in Dental Crowns

June 1, 2015

Would it surprise you that we use something in our dental practice (Lapalco Family Dental in Marrero, LA) that is 2,000 years old on an almost daily basis? It’s true! We use porcelain to make our crowns. Why porcelain? Porcelain is very durable, stain-resistant, and is also the material that most closely approximates the appearance of your natural teeth. Porcelain was invented during the Han Dynasty in China, and made its way to Europe in the 16th century. The word “porcelain” comes from the Italian word porcellana, a type of translucent sea shell. In dentistry, porcelain has never been surpassed in terms of performance and aesthetic value.

It’s somewhat ironic then that to make our porcelain crowns, we use some of the most advanced technology available in dentistry. The CEREC Same Day Crowns system combines the advantages of porcelain which have been known for millennia with cutting edge advancements in the fields of digital imaging, automated manufacturing, and software. The crowns that are made using CEREC are more accurately designed and more durable, capable of saving teeth that at one time could only be addressed with an extraction by an oral surgeon.

On top of all these advantages, CEREC Same Day Crowns are fast. Traditionally, getting a dental crown place was a procedure that would take weeks to complete. You’d need two appointments: one to have your dental impression made (which is used to design the crown for your teeth) and one to have it placed. During the weeks in between, your crown would be fabricated at a specialized lab outside of the practice.

Besides being inconvenient for patients, all that waiting is dangerous. Because crowns usually take so long to make, you would have a temporary crown placed to provide basic protection for your tooth. These temporary crowns are very prone to breakage, and if this happens (more often than you might think) your tooth is now vulnerable to infection. This usually can only be treated with a root canal (which is likely why you’re getting the crown in the first place)!

How Does CEREC Make Crowns So Fast?

CEREC cuts out all the time it usually takes a crown; a procedure that took weeks now only takes a single appointment with CEREC. CEREC is an acronym (like AWOL, NAFTA, or SWOT) that stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. It’s a bit of a mouthful, so here’s what it means in plain English:

Chairside Economical Restoration: The entire fabrication (or “milling”) process takes place in your dentist’s office. There is no need to send away for a crown to be made. It is economical in terms of time and the materials needed to fabricate the crown, which is technically referred to as a dental restoration.

Esthetic Ceramics: simply refers to the porcelain from which CEREC Same Day Crowns are made. Porcelain is a type of ceramic, and it is unmatched in terms of performing the functions of your natural teeth, as well as how it looks in relation to your natural teeth.

How Your CEREC Crown is Designed

CEREC Same Day Crowns are custom made for your specific teeth, like all other crowns. However, CEREC achieves this in a way that is very different from traditional methods.

In a traditional crown placement, the first thing that your dentist will do is create an impression; similar to a mold, an impression is a physical “picture” of your oral cavity and teeth in three dimensions. These are useful, but the chance for error is high (for example, if the mold is taken incorrectly) and because the impressions are solid objects (and are relatively large in size) they usually cannot be stored, in case your crown is damaged due to injury.

CEREC uses advanced imaging technology to create a digital impression. Digital impressions are much more accurate than physical ones, can be stored, duplicated, and transmitted easily. Most importantly, a digital impression can be read by a computer.

The digital impression is sent to a computer, where powerful CAD/CAM software (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) interprets the impression, and generates a design for your crown. This process produces designs that are so accurate, we are now able to save teeth that were once considered unsalvageable; even teeth that have been injured and are broken very near the gum line.

Automated “Fast-Milling”

Once your dentist has gone over the design and made any necessary changes or additions, the final design is sent to an automatic fast-milling machine. Instead of a human spending hours doing painstaking, slow work, the automatic fast-milling machine quickly turns a block of porcelain into your crown in minutes. Once the milling process is complete, your crown can be placed immediately.

All of this saves you precious time and protects you from the risk of a tooth infection.

Are You Ready for the Next Generation of Dental Technology?

If your tooth has been damaged due to injury, tooth decay, or if it is recommended that you receive endodontic therapy (root canal), you need to get a crown. Don’t settle for waiting weeks when it can be done in an hour!

Call us to make an appointment at 504-264-6461, or click here to reach our online appointment form and book your visit right now!