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.
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.
May 1, 2017
What comes to mind when you picture a family dentist? Probably not anything you’ll see in our Lapalco Family Dental office in Marrero, LA!
That’s because our dentist, Dr. Landry, is a laid-back, friendly professional who easily helps our patients feel comfortable and right at home. Our caring staff do all we can to make your experience with us a positive one.
Just listen to what Ronnie has to say. Ronnie has been a long time patient of ours, and here, she talks about how she appreciates how we respect her time during appointments and why she prefers our family dental practice over anyone else.
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.
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 15, 2015
Are you missing one or more teeth? Missing teeth can hurt your appearance, making you appear unitelligent or unprofessional. Missing teeth can also affect your overall oral health and make it tremendously hard to chew. At Lapalco Family Dental in Marrero, LA we offer Dental Implants to replace missing teeth.
With a Dental Implant, we insert a synthetic root into your jaw. This is essentially a tiny screw, on which we can place a replacement tooth. We can also use Dental Implants to hold a denture in place if you are missing multiple teeth or all of your teeth.
Most dental offices cannot offer all the steps require of a Dental Implant procedure. Most will outsource your work to another office, or to an oral surgeon. At Lapalco Family Dental, we can perform all the work required for a Dental Implant at our office, saving you time and money.
Here are four other reasons you should consider a Dental Implant.
#1. Dental Implants Fix Your Smile
Dental Implants are the perfect solution for a missing tooth, or missing teeth. They are also an ideal option if you have a tooth that needs to be extracted, and would like to replace that tooth.
Dental Implants look incredibly life-like, and function just like a real tooth. Although a dental bridge can also be used for missing teeth; Dental Implants are longer lasting and make it easier to chew naturally. Best of all Dental Implants can last for decades.
#2: Dental Implants Prevent Bone Loss
Dental Implants are an important way to prevent bone loss. When you wear dentures, your facial bones start to reabsorb. That means in five years or so, you will need a new set of dentures for them to have a snug fit, and to continue functioning. Eventually, you may have suffered from so much bone loss that your mouth is no longer able to effectively use dentures.
Dental Implants prevent bone loss in the same way that your natural teeth do. Dental Implants help to support your facial structure, and improve your appearance.
#3: Dental Implants Benefit Your Life in Many Other Ways
With Dental Implants, you longer have to worry about using denture adhesive. In fact you no longer have to worry about any of the maintenance that dentures require, so as taking them out at night and cleaning them.
Dental Implants can also restore about one hundred percent of your nature chewing ability. That means you can eat what you like, without worrying about it being painful, or your dentures slipping off.
#4. Dental Implants Are Affordable
Don’t let the cost of dental work keep you from fixing your smile. Dental Implants can be less expensive over the long run than dentures, as they don’t need to be replaced every few years or require regular maintenance and care. We encourage you to run the numbers yourself, and compare.
Contact Our Office
Do you want to learn more about Dental Implants? We’re happy to explain the various dental implant services we offer, and answer any questions you may have. Click here to contact the office of Lapalco Family Dental in Marrero, LA.
July 30, 2015
Part of being a mature human being is knowing when to worry about something and when to let something go. We try to teach these same skills to our children. A gushing wound is serious and needs to be addressed quickly. A small scratch still hurts, but we can ignore that pain. But what do you do when it’s a pain that you can’t see, like tooth pain?
Here at our office in Marrero, Louisiana, we see all sorts of tooth pain! We see a wide variety of causes for that pain as well. One of the most concerning things is seeing patients who have been living with their tooth pain for weeks, months, or years. This concerns us because we know how serious this pain can be!
Today, we want to talk about tooth pain and why it’s so important that you get it checked out, even when it seems like something you can ignore. The smallest start of tooth pain can quickly turn into a throbbing nightmare!
Tooth Pain Shouldn’t Be Ignored
Your teeth are unique when compared to the rest of your body. For example, if you break a bone, it will grow back together and heal. A tooth cannot do that. The tooth itself cannot return to function without the assistance of dental restorations, like fillings. So a small bit of pain might not seem like a big deal, but it’s the start of something more serious, and that’s why you simply cannot ignore it.
Small Problems Progress
Almost all tooth pain can be linked to bacteria. You mouth is full of good and bad bacteria. Your teeth are constantly under attack. One small problem in your tooth enamel gives bacteria a chance to invade. It can happen without your knowledge, but it will eventually become very known to you when the pain begins! Here’s how it progresses:
Injury – Sometimes tooth pain begins as an injury. Maybe you bit into something wrong or suffered a different sort of injury. Whatever the case may be, there is an opening in your tooth enamel where bacteria can go to do harm.
Decay – Not all pain is due to an injury. More often than not, pain begins due to untreated decay. Bacteria has already been working on your tooth enamel and is now deep in your tooth. In other words, you have a deep cavity that needs repair!
Infection – Whether due to injury or decay, when the tooth enamel allows bacteria deep into the tooth, you are at risk for infection. If you have been ignoring that small pain for quite some time, don’t be surprised to wake up one morning to the throbbing pain of a tooth infection.
Finding the Best Solution for Dental Pain
Our job is to end your pain. We do that using a variety of procedures like those listed below. Ranging from a simple fix to the extreme, we want to show you just how many tools we have to solve your pain in the most efficient way possible!
Fillings – You’re most familiar with fillings. We use filling material to restore a decayed area on a tooth. We can remove the bacteria and damage, fill the space with composite material, and your tooth is ready for action once again!
Crowns – In cases of a broken tooth or leaking filling, we have to take things to the next level. We can’t simply patch your tooth with a filling. Instead, we need to cover the entire tooth with a porcelain cap that will look and function like your natural tooth enamel. The crown will hold your tooth together as well as protect it from any further damage.
Root Canal – When a tooth is infected, we have to remove that infection before it damages the tooth root beyond repair. To remove an infection, we perform a root canal. Root canals have a bad name, but the procedure itself is actually no more uncomfortable than a filling. Once we’ve removed the infection, we will cover the tooth with a crown to complete the restoration.
Extraction – The extreme end of the line for a tooth calls for extraction. We only turn to extraction when there is absolutely nothing else we can do to save your tooth. Extractions at Lapalco Family Dental are comfortable and easy with the use of numbing agents and sedation dentistry.
Future Care to Prevent Pain
Once you’ve experienced tooth pain and had it repaired, you will probably want to do what you can to avoid it in the future! The best way to prevent tooth pain is to maintain your oral health routines. Brush your teeth twice each day. Floss at the end of every day. Keep your regular six month cleaning appointments. These are simple, no-fuss ways to make sure you keep healthy, strong teeth for the rest of your life!
Make Your Appointment Today!
Are you ready to take care of your tooth pain once and for all? Contact our office today to set up your consultation or appointment. We would love to have you come visit us soon. We don’t mind if you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, we are here to help! Call today!
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.
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!