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How Do Dental Implants Help Your Smile? [INFOGRAPHIC]

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!

Dental Implants: Replace Your Teeth, Resume Your Life [PHOTO]

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?

Why not call Lapalco Family Dental today at 504-264-6461 or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation and find out if dental implants will work for you!

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Digital X-rays or 3D Scans? The Facts From Your Marrero Dentist

January 19, 2017

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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.

… BUT

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.

4 Reasons to Visit Us for Dental Implant

August 15, 2015

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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.

Dentures or Dental Implants?

June 9, 2015

There is nothing like a missing tooth (or as in some cases, teeth) to change your life significantly for the worse. Teeth that have been lost have a negative impact on your appearance as well as your self-confidence, but that probably goes without saying. What may not be so obvious are how missing teeth affect the teeth that are left. Missing teeth can cause problems with the alignment of your jaw, leading to damaged teeth that are prone to infection and disease. You will also notice difficulty when you speak, or chew food (any food). You will lose bone density in the area where you used to have teeth (on top of any bone loss that likely caused your tooth to fall out), and the teeth that are left will even begin to move around, causing further alignment issues and ruining the natural shape of your face (giving you a “drooping” caved-in look).

In our Marrero, LA dental practice, we see every day the impact of missing one or more teeth. It’s more tragic when you realize that for the most part, losing your teeth can be easily avoided with good oral hygiene (twice a day brushing, flossing, and mouthwash rinsing) and regular visits twice a year to your dentist’s office (for deep cleaning and examinations). This because the overwhelming majority of teeth that are lost in the US aren’t due to calamitous injury, but disease (most often, periodontal or gum disease).

If you’re in the unfortunate position of having lost teeth (while gaining gaps in your smile), we have the solutions that can help you get your smile back, and your life as well. Dental implants can permanently replace lost teeth, with no compromises in performance or appearance. However, many people have some reservations about dental implants due to a perception that more conventional restorations, like dentures, have a lower up front cost than implants. This may be “solid math” when you’re in the grocery store, but when it comes to your teeth and oral health, you might want to consider the “total cost” of dentures versus the upfront cost of dental implants.

Seeing the Value of Dental Implants

If you were presented with a choice where cost is not an issue, wouldn’t you make the choice that provides the best value, because you don’t need to compromise?

Case Study: Dental Implants Vs. Dentures

Dental implants are simply more effective than conventional dentures you might consider because of their perceived lower cost. Keep in mind that dentures (and dental bridges, for that matter) are still effective ways to address tooth loss; it is a possibility that even if you know you want implants you may not get them, due to the condition of your oral and general health, and other factors.

If you are able to get dental implants, they really are your best bet, in terms of performance (in this case, your ability to chew and grind food, speak, and maintain the face of your shape and keep the jaws in proper alignment).

The Shortcomings of Conventional Dentures

Dentures are a form of prosthesis that simulate the appearance of natural teeth and gums. When they are fitted properly, they look fairly close to normal teeth (certainly to a point where no one would be able to tell the difference if they weren’t looking for it), and they do provide a limited degree of functionality and performance. However, traditional dentures put serious limits on your lifestyle. Dentures will allow only 10% to 20% of your natural bite strength, which at the very least will reduce your diet to foods that can be easily chewed.

When dentures lose their fit (this is a matter of when, not if), they can cause serious problems that range from the inconvenient to dangerous. For dentures to work their best, a good fit is critical because dentures depend on your oral tissues and teeth to stay in place (adhesives are also used to supplement this support). Dentures can lose their fit for a number of reasons, but mostly it is due to the natural changes that occur in your oral tissues and the “shape” of your oral cavity (mouth) that take place over time. One example that most people find surprising is that simply losing weight, while a worthwhile undertaking for your overall health, leads to considerable change in the structure of your oral tissues. Once the fit is lost, it is lost.

This leads to the first major drawback of dentures. Dentures must be constantly replaced, which over many sets of dentures represents a considerable investment of time and money. You may have paid less upfront for your dentures when you first got them, but you will be saddled with additional costs for long after. This fact isn’t lost on the majority of denture-wearers, who will avoid replacing their dentures for as long as possible. That is why it is common for dentures to slip and slide.

Dentures that slip and slide have a strong tendency to fall out, which is humiliating. It also causes the telltale “clicking” sound that many people associate with people who wear dentures. Finally, all that movement creates a lot of rubbing and friction between your teeth, oral tissues, and the dentures. This can cause mouth sores and serious infections in your teeth and gums; if this happens, those problems will need to be addressed, and you can add those costs to the “total cost” of wearing conventional dentures.

How Are Dental Implants Better?

Dental implants do not have the drawback of dentures; as we mentioned earlier, dentures require a precise, solid fit so that the prostheses can interact correctly with your oral tissues and teeth. This design is necessary because dentures must be removed frequently by the wearer for maintenance and cleaning (which is another added cost of dentures, by the way, as well as the adhesives that help your dentures stay in place).

Dental implants do not require removal for cleaning. In fact, you can’t remove them at all! That is because dental implants are surgically placed, directly into your jawbone and beneath your gums (getting dental implants does require surgery; if you aren’t comfortable with this, or you can’t tolerate general anesthesia, you may not be a good candidate for implants).

Over time, the implant will actually merge with the bone in your jaw, increasing their steadfast hold. Because the implants do not move, you will experience no loss in performance (you will have full bite strength), and you won’t have to deal with the embarrassment as when dentures fall out of your mouth. Additionally, because there is no movement, there is no risk for additional infection as a result of the implants. In fact, dental implants can actually increase your overall oral health because it actually promotes the regrowth of the bone in your jaw!

Finally, dental implants are permanent in the realest possible sense. Dentures need perpetual replacement, but your dental implants (with proper care) will last you the rest of your life.

Do you see how the “value” of dental implants exceeds the “savings” from the lower upfront cost of conventional dentures?

Considering Your Options For Missing Teeth?

The choice is clear: dental implants are simply the better, more valuable solution, if you can get them. Only your dentist can help you determine if dental implants are right for you.

Call us today for a consultation! Dial 504-264-6461 or click here for our online appointment form.