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:
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.
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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.
July 1, 2017
At Lapalco Family Dental, we love nothing more than to see a patient leave our office feeling comfortable and happy. That’s why we offer quality dentures that give you the stability you need to enjoy life to the fullest.
Here’s a message from our own Dr. Landry about how our implant retained dentures can open up an entirely new world for you!
June 9, 2017
Dental implants are revolutionizing modern dentistry. That’s why we’re sharing today’s infographic with you. At Lapalco Family Dental, Dr. Landry and our skilled team want you to be aware of the ways dental implants can radically improve and restore your smile!
If you are missing one tooth, or several teeth, consider dental implants from our Marrero dental office. Call us today at 504-264-6461 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment with Dr. Landry to see if this is the right tooth replacement option for you!
June 1, 2017
Don’t you love those stores that offer anything from bananas to home improvement tools? Where you can get everything you need in one convenient location?
That’s one of the many things you’ll love about our Marrero, LA dental office. Hear more from our own Dr. Landry about Family Lapalco Dental’s commitment to meeting your various dental needs with the same convenience of your local one-stop shop.
April 9, 2017
You don’t have to accept missing teeth as just another part of aging. At Lapalco Family Dental in Marrero, LA, we give our patients the latest in teeth replacement options to help you resume the quality of life you had before.
Look at this photo diagram of how dental implants work. Dr. Landry and our highly skilled, experienced team have used dental implants to help many patients regain their smiles, restore the functionality of their teeth, and even to prevent bone loss.
Time and again, dental implants prove to be one of the greatest teeth replacement options in modern dentistry. Do you imagine a healthier, more beautiful smile for yourself?
January 19, 2017
I’ve worked as a Marrero dentist for decades, and one thing that surprises me is the improvement in technology in the dental field. Staying on the cutting edge of dentistry is an important part of giving patients the best possible care. At Lapalco Family Dentistry, we make every effort to implement new technology that is more comfortable for the patient and leads to better, more accurate results.
We provide services like same-day crowns, and place dental implants for patients who have missing teeth. But these advanced services are only possible because we have advanced technology to lead the way. Today I want to tell you have an important tool in my office that can save your time and money while helping to resolve serious oral health issues: 3D scans.
The Difference Between Traditional Digital X-rays and 3D Scans
Digital X-rays have become extremely popular in the dental world. We dentists love them because they are safer for the patient and give us precise results. Digital X-rays reduce the radiation exposure by 90 percent when compared with traditional X-rays. That alone is a big enough selling point for me, as I ALWAYS air on the side of patient safety. Digital X-rays have become great tools in diagnosing and assessing patients for signs of tooth decay or root issues. They are low-cost, safe, and can be rendered in just a few seconds.
Over the years, we dentists needed more than a two-dimensional image of the oral cavity. As we began implementing advanced techniques like placing dental implants, we needed a better tool for diagnosing and treating patients. That’s where 3D images comes in. Compared with digital X-rays, 3D images give us a better view of tissues and bones than traditional digital X-rays.
Here’s What You Can Expect From Our 3D Scans
At Lapalco Family Dentistry, I have a cone beam computed tomography machine right here in my office. This is a machine you rarely see outside of a hospital. The CBCT is one of the best tools I have when treating patients who have missing teeth. Here’s why: The CBCT rotates around the head and captures images of the oral cavity.
Once the scan is completed, I can see 3D images of the patient’s oral cavity. It gives me precise results when diagnosing problems like sleep apnea or planning dental implant treatments. I use the CBCT to find the most appropriate location for the dental implant. With dental implants, placement is everything. We need to know what area of the mouth can best support the implant, along with where to avoid nerves and blood vessels. It’s safe to say that in using 3D scans for dental implant placement, we can achieve better results that lead to a reduced recovery.
The CBCT only takes a few minutes and is 100 percent painless. You just relax as the scanner rotates around your head.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
Depending on your dental needs, we can schedule a CBCT scan with you in our office today. I love using technology to teach patients about their oral health. A well-educated patient is more comfortable with the treatment and ultimately more relaxed in the dental chair. You can schedule a visit with my office today by calling 504-264-6461. I look forward to hearing from you.
January 3, 2017
If your tooth is aching, schedule an appointment with Dr. Landry for treatment. Our Marrero, LA dental office can treat your tooth with a tooth-colored filling, a dental crown, or a root canal. You can also visit us for restorative, cosmetic, and general dentistry. Call 504-264-6461 to schedule your appointment today!
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.
September 8, 2016
We all like a little bit of excitement in our lives.
It’s the reason people watch scary movies. It’s the reason people ride roller coasters and jump out of airplanes. It’s even part of the reason some people get tattoos.
If you are thrill-seeker who likes to live on the edge, then stay away from dental implants when you are thinking about replacing your teeth.
Implants will hold your dentures securely in place. That’s hardly the kind of experience you’ll want if you prefer to live life on the edge.
Just so you know, we do offer dental implants as one of the restorative services at Lapalco Family Dental. Our dentist is convinced that people in and around Marrero, LA, want stability with their dentures.
The Challenge Of Speaking Your Mind
We think that everyone has a right to express his or her opinion, whether it’s about Presidential candidates or something really important like college football or where to get the best barbecue.
If you go through the trouble of getting dental implants at our Louisiana dental center, then your dentures will be incredibly secure and stable in your mouth.
You will be able to say exactly what you want to say, and you won’t have to worry about your dentures coming loose as you are about to make your best point. You won’t be concerned that your “teeth” with fall out just as you are about to make a funny joke.
You can even read a whole story to your grandchildren without getting tripped up on loose-fitting dentures a single time.
If you are the adventurous type, then you will have a lot more excitement with traditional dentures. At any moment, your dentures could come loose. You may not be able to explain what you are looking for to a salesperson, or you could have trouble placing your order in a restaurant.
With implants, you can do each of those things easily. Where’s the fun in that?
Speaking Of Food …
Many people think of adventurous eaters as people who are willing to try a variety of unusual foods.
Sure, you can try octopus, haggis, blood pudding, or escargot, but that’s only one way to turn your next meal into a true adventure.
Instead, you could walk into your favorite restaurant with nothing by a set of dentures to bite and chew your food. Then, you can order corn on the cob, steak, and carrots. Crunchy foods can challenge your ability to bite into them. They may even pull your dentures loose. Think of how much fun that could be for you and the other people at your table.
Steak poses a different kind of challenge as chewing it much difficult with traditional dentures.
And skip the typical soft desserts (cakes, ice cream) and go for something bolder, like peanut brittles. It’s sticky and crunchy so eating that with nothing by dentures will be a real thrill.
See, if you get implant-supported dentures, you will be able to eat practically as well as someone with real teeth. You’ll be able to bite into corn and carrots comfortably. You’ll be able to chew the steak with little or no strain.
Indeed, dental implants will make your dentures both more secure and stronger. That’s the kind of combination that makes it too easy to eat whatever you want.
Living On The Edge
If you do decide to get dental implants, you will be doing something that will make your dentures more stable than they could ever be on their own.
By using implants, you are replacing the roots of your teeth. When the implants are embedded in your jaw, you will need some time to heal before your dentures are attached.
In the long-term, the implants will help to sustain the health of your jaw, which make it much less likely that you will need to have your dentures refitted on a regular basis.
But think about what you will be missing. You won’t have dentures that could slip out at any moment when you are a sharing a story from your last vacation. You won’t wonder if your next bite will pull your replacement teeth from your mouth, either.
You’ll just be stuck with a nice smile and dentures that stay in place because of your dental implants.
How Adventurous Do You Want To Be?
You spend your days wondering when your “teeth” will fall out next, or you could live knowing that your implant-supported dentures will remain secure.
If you think you would prefer the boring life of implant-supported dentures, then go ahead and make an appointment at Lapalco Family Dental. To schedule a visit at our dentist office in Marrero, LA, at 504-264-6461 or fill out our online form.