Lapalco Family Dental : General Family Dentistry in Marrero, LA
When we use our x-rays to diagnose decay in between your teeth – I fight this all the time – I see decay, and people think I’m going to take care of it when it starts to bother me. When it starts to bother you, it’s too late. It means that the decay is now down to the nerve and you need to have a root canal or an extraction done. It’s always more expensive to put off general and family dentistry than it is to get it done today.
I see so many young people who say, well Doctor – I didn’t have insurance. That’s the most important time to come and get checked, because we can take care of problems when they’re small instead of waiting until they become huge problems.
Always I tell patients the same story. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. What that means is, if you have ten fillings and you can’t afford all of them, get one fixed. Come back in three months and get one more fixed. And before you know it, everything will be restored and you won’t have any big problems.
Westbank dentist Dr. CJ Landry is here to provide all of your family’s dental needs with family dentistry services. We focus on preventive care and early treatment to prevent future dental problems, keep costs low, and preserve your smile for a lifetime.
It is recommended that you visit your dentist at least twice year or more frequently if you are prone to cavities and gum disease. Regular visits are preventive, and they help your dentist identify and treat problems before they become big ones. During your visit, Dr. Landry will take any necessary X-rays and tests and examine your mouth, jaw, head and neck. Bite analysis, tooth-by-tooth evaluation, and oral cancer screening may also be performed.
One of our hygienists will clean your teeth, and Dr. Landry will take a final look and perform difficult plaque or tartar removal if needed. Teeth cleaning is usually performed without anesthesia, but be sure to tell your dentist if your mouth is extra sensitive or you have dental anxiety. First, the hygienist will remove plaque and tartar from every tooth surface using special instruments. Next, your teeth will be polished with a gritty paste to make them smooth.
If you get lots of cavities, your dentist in Marrero, LA recommends fluoride treatment and dental sealants. Fluoride helps rebuild teeth and strengthen the enamel against acid attacks. Dental sealant is a plastic material used to seal the grooves and pits on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Sealant helps prevent bacteria from entering the tooth and causing decay.
Besides fluoride treatment and dental sealants during the cavity-prone years, Dr. Landry also creates custom night guards to relieve pressure and prevent premature wear caused by teeth grinding.