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.
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.
August 25, 2016
They had the best of smiles … then they had the worst of smiles.
Twins Timmy and Tommy took turns trying to outdo one another in almost everything. If one won a race, then the other would try to run farther.
They decided to have a popcorn eating contest (don’t ask why, they just did). They each got a big tub. The winner was whoever finished his tub first.
As they raced to eat, they each bit into unpopped kernels. Mind you, this didn’t stop them. They just kept going. When they were finished (at about the same time), they each noticed something odd.
Both of them had chipped a tooth during their popcorn showdown.
Tommy decided to call Lapalco Family Dental in Marrero, LA, and Timmy called another dentist office.
Seriously, these twins competed over everything. Timmy said he was sure that his tooth would be fixed before Tommy’s. Tommy replied that Timmy shouldn’t be so sure about that.
You see, Tommy knew something that Timmy didn’t. Tommy knew that Lapalco Family Dental offered CEREC crowns.
They agreed that they would make their appointments at the same time on the same day, so they could determine a “winner” easier.
Tommy arrived for his appointment feeling confident about his chances.
Dr. Landry looked at his tooth, and he agreed that a dental crown would be the best way to restore his tooth. This way Tommy’s smile would still look natural, and just as important, his crown would restore his ability to eat as well.
Dr. Landry explained that they would start by removing a portion of Tommy’s tooth. This way they could create a dental crown that fit perfectly in the place of his chipped tooth.
After that, the staff used their in-office milling machine to create a dental crown for Tommy.
Timmy’s appointment start virtually identically to Tommy’s. Timmy’s dentist looked at his tooth and explained that a dental crown would be the best solution.
The dentist reshaped Timmy’s tooth and placed a temporary crown over it. This temporary crown was made of an acrylic material. It kind of looked like a tooth but its main function was to cover the natural part of the tooth until Timmy’s permanent crown was ready.
The dentist said they would order his dental crown from a laboratory, and the would call him when it was ready.
Timmy left with his temporary crown in place, confident that victory would soon be his.
Back At Tommy’s Appointment
Tommy was at Lapalco Family Dental a little longer than his brother as at his appointment.
But in the end, Tommy knew is was worth the wait.
When the CEREC machine was finished, Dr. Landry bonded Tommy’s permanent crown to his tooth. Dr. Landry explained that Tommy would still need to care for his crown like he does the rest of his natural teeth.
That means brushing and flossing every day.
But he also let Tommy know that by the time he left, his CEREC crown could be used just like any of his other teeth while he was eating.
At The House
Timmy was waiting on the couch when Tommy got back from his appointment.
“I told you my tooth would be fixed before yours,” Timmy announced with a smug look on his face.
Tommy asked Timmy if he had his permanent crown already. Timmy said, no, but he expected to have it within a few weeks.
Tommy then walked over to Timmy and opened his mouth.
“That is my permanent crown,” Tommy said, trying not to sound smugger than Timmy did earlier.
“How is that possible?” Timmy asked.
Tommy explained that his dentist was able to make a crown in one day thanks to the CEREC system. He said his dental crown was as effective as a real tooth, and he wouldn’t have to go back to the dentist to complete the process.
Timmy was a little dejected, but he would not stay discouraged for long.
“The next time I chip my tooth, I’m going to Lapalco Family Dental,” he said.
Treat Your Teeth Right
You have probably figured out by now that Timmy and Tommy aren’t real. They are two brothers we made up to illustrate how CEREC crowns are one of the ways we help our patients save time at our Louisiana dental center.
But don’t be like Timmy. Don’t do things you know could lead to your teeth getting chipped.
April 5, 2016
Welcome back to the Lapalco Family Dental blog!
Our philosophy has always been to provide old-fashioned service with modern technology. And that supports our mission, which is to make it easy for folks in the Marrero, LA area to achieve healthy, great-looking smiles.
We know that the thought of transforming your smile can seem daunting, especially before you see just how convenient we can make it.
Your mind will be consumed by the particulars. How many visits will you need to make to your dentist’s office? How long will each session take? How much will it set you back financially? Is it worth the hassle? We realize that these are all valid questions and concerns.
Lucky for you, there is a no-hassle, affordable solution: CEREC same-day dental crowns. In just one simple trip to our office, the gifted team here can create a dental crown for you that looks and functions like a natural tooth.
As your trusted partner for oral health, we’ve got you covered when it comes to smile transformations. We hope you sense that we value your time as much as you do, and we wouldn’t want to ever waste any of it unnecessarily. That’s why we invested heavily in CEREC dental crown technology. This is a newfangled system that offers our patients an easy, reliable way to fix a score of dental issues.
We should probably mention that CEREC is medical shorthand for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. Don’t worry, we don’t expect you to remember all that. Just remember that what CEREC means for you is that we can now accomplish in about an hour what may take several weeks at another dentist’s practice.
Around here, the CEREC process begins when we make a digital impression of the tooth or teeth that need work. We then reshape the tooth into an abutment that will support your dental crown.
In earlier eras, and even now at other dental offices, this would require sending your impression to a laboratory. The lab will then craft a dental crown for you as soon as they can get around to filling that order. Unfortunately, it could be weeks before they are able to get to your dental crown and send it back to the dentist. All the while, you’ll be left to wait around and deal with it.
Amazingly, with CEREC, we can now avoid that inconvenience by doing it all in-house, which saves you from having to make an extra trip to the dentist. With CEREC, we use our on-site milling machine to craft your dental crown while you wait.
With the help of modern computer software, we are able to send a digital impression of your teeth to the CEREC machine. The machine turns that information into a dental crown for you.
Essentially, what we are saying is that you can walk into our office with a tooth that has been bothering you, and go home with a natural-looking, more comfortable smile.
We told you it was easy!
You can now fix any number of dental problems without a big commitment of time and money. Our CEREC crowns can quickly repair the appearance of your teeth and restore your biting power. This means that you will be able to smile without embarrassment, and you can eat the foods you love without having to worry.
Make It Happen!
We can’t wait to get started! Even though we offer fast, convenient service, we want it to feel like when you come to visit, it’s really a visit. We talk about your friends, family, how the kids are, and while you’re here we’ll get a little dental work done at the same time. How does that sound?
Contact us today to hear more about what CEREC technology can do for you!
February 1, 2016
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.
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!