May 22, 2016
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.