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!
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.
July 9, 2016
Welcome back to another blog by Lapalco Family Dental! We offer high-quality teeth replacement solutions that will serve your needs! Check out our infographic below to determine whether dentures or dentla implants might be better for your specific situation. Give us a call at 504-264-6461 to get started on your journey to a beautiful, functional smile today!
June 17, 2016
Welcome back to another blog by Lapalco Family Dental! Our Marrero, LA dental office offer high-quality tooth replacement solutions for those in need … even full mouth options! Today, we would like to tell you a story about a patient of ours who regained his smile with the help of our tooth replacement solutions. We want you to know that, if you are like Harry, we can help you get the restorative work you need, too!
If at any time you have a question or concern (or would simply like to book an appointment), please contact our team. We would be delighted to help you get all of the information you need to make the best decision for the well being of your smile!
Harry visited our office for the first time about a year ago. Until he walked into our office, Harry had not seen a dentist in nearly 40 years! He was a recent retiree who, until that point, did not feel like he could afford the dental care he needed. When he finally had access to his pension, he decided it was time to take action. Harry was tired of having an unhealthy, decayed, and disfigured smile. It was time to regain what he had lost.
Getting The Help He Needed
When it was time to make a change, Harry called up a dear friend who he knew would have a great recommendation for a dental office.
[Ring, ring, ring]
“Hey, Bill, it’s Harry. How’s it going?” Harry asked.
Bill replied, “I’m great. How are you?”
“Well, I hope to be doing better soon. I want to ask you about something.” Harry told Bill about his situation and told him he was ready to get the smile he knew he deserved. Bill indeed had the perfect suggestion for him.
“Lapalco Family Dental. That’s where my wife and I go. We’ve been seeing Dr. Landry for almost 20 years now. They take great care of us, and I know they can help you get what you need.”
When Harry ended his conversation with Bill, he picked up the phone and dialed up our office and told us about his situation. We were able to schedule him into see our team that very week. Harry was on the road to achieve the smile he deserved!
Considering His Options
When Harry arrived at our office, he learned that his situation was even more extensive than he thought. After a series of X-rays and examinations, we determined that all of his remaining teeth would need to be extracted. We then wanted to replace them in some way. But that was decision for Harry to make. He had two main options: removable dentures or dental implants.
Because Harry was a thrifty man and wasn’t too keen on the idea of undergoing surgery, he opted for the dentures. We were able to schedule his extraction appointment and get him in for the procedure within a few weeks. He went home the very same day with a beautiful new set of dentures. Right away Harry loved the way his new smile looked, but getting used to using them to eat was more difficult.
Stay Tuned For Part Two
In fact, Harry never really got the hang of his dentures. One day, he realized that enough was enough. He needed a more secure solution. And he knew just who to call! Stay tuned to learn more about Harry’s journey and how he got the more secure smile he knew he needed.
Make An Appointment
Are you like Harry? Has it been a while since you have visited the dentist and you know that you need major help? Don’t worry, we can help you find a solution! Whether you need comprehensive restorative care or simply are in need of a checkup, our team is here for you. Please contact our office directly to book your visit.
You can reach your friends at Lapalco Family Dental by calling 504-264-6461. You can also send us a message using our online contact form. Either way, we would be delighted to help you find a suitable date and time for your visit. We look forward to working with you!
May 15, 2016
If you got a new set of tires for your car, would you want the lug nuts tightened after the tires were put on? We are going to go out on a limb and guess that you would.
You could probably drive for a little while with the tires unsecured, but you also realize they will stay in place much longer if you take the time secure them where you want them to be.
In a way, this is similar to getting dentures when you could have implant-supported dentures instead.
Implants are a great development in modern dentistry. We are proud to offer them for our patients at Lapalco Family Dental. Call or come by our Louisiana dental office in Marrero to learn more about how implants can make your dentures even better.
Hall Of Fame Development
You might think we are exaggerating when we say that dental implants are a great invention for all humanity, but we have a good reason for saying this.
Dr. Per-Ingvar Brånemark, the inventor of the modern dental implant, was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame earlier this month. Not bad for something he invented in part because of an unanticipated result while he was doing research with rabbits.
Dr. Brånemark is anatomy professor and a physician. In the 1950s, he was conducting a study to learn more about blood circulation. As part of his research, he placed titanium chambers into the leg bones of a rabbit.
His intention was to use them multiple times. Instead, he found that the rabbit’s bone had bonded to the chamber making it very difficult to remove.
Dr. Brånemark recognized the potential benefits of this discovery. He even coined a term, osseointegration, to describe the bonding that took place between the bone and the titanium.
He used this knowledge to develop the first modern dental implant. He successfully placed implants into a patient in September of 1965. The original design has been improved through more research, but and today, titanium dental implants are used routinely around the world.
The Pros And Cons Of Dentures
Traditional dentures do offer some benefits.
If you lose all or most of your teeth, then you may feel extremely self-conscious about smiling or speaking with other people. This can make social and professional interactions more stressful, and in some cases, it can cause people to become withdrawn.
We want our patients to feel comfortable no matter where they are, and dentures can make that happen.
A set of dentures can restore the appearance of a full set of teeth, which can make it easier to smile. Dentures also can be used to assist in pronouncing certain words and sounds, just as your teeth once did.
We would all agree that biting and chewing food is much more difficult if you don’t have any teeth.
Dentures won’t restore all of your chewing ability. In fact, studies have shown that people with dentures have about one-fifth the bite force of someone with all of his or her teeth.
But one-fifth is better than nothing. You may not be able to eat corn on the cob, but you can eat kernels of corn.
The downside is that traditional dentures can come loose, often at awkward times. Speaking, singing, sneezing, laughing, eating, and coughing are some of the things that can cause your dentures to slip out of place.
Security And Stability
Earlier we mentioned the role that lug nuts play in securing tires on your car. Dental implants greatly improve the security and stability of your dentures.
Implants replace the roots of your teeth. Like the roots, they are anchored in your jaw. When they are placed, your jawbone will bond to the implants as you heal from the procedure.
When your jaw is ready, we can attach your dentures to the implants. This will keep them exactly where you want them to be whether you are socializing at a celebration or going to lunch with a friend from work.
And when you are having lunch, you can feel comfortable ordering anything that you want from the menu. With dental implants, you may not regain all of your original bite force, but you can get closer to 100 percent than you may realize.
Dentures are OK, but implant-supported dentures are great. You can get them at Lapalco Family Dental. If you live in or near Marrero, LA, call us at 504-264-6461 or use our online form to schedule a consultation in our office.
Find out for yourself how dental implants can make your dentures even better.
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.