Whether you want a regular dentist for teeth cleaning or you’ve lost a tooth, Southern Dental Care can be your Lafitte dental clinic. Our office is just a short drive from your location. Our dentist, Dr. Lacey Andreotta, and her staff can provide various restorative, cosmetic, and orthodontic treatments, all with the same warm, personalized care you expect. The following is just a quick rundown of our most frequently requested services.
Patients with missing teeth can choose from a variety of prostheses in order to restore their bite and the natural shape of their face. They include:
- Dental bridges
- Dental implants
- Full and partial dentures
A dental bridge is a prosthesis that bridges the gap made by one or more missing teeth. It crowns the two surrounding teeth and allows for the placement of artificial teeth in the gap. An implant is a prosthetic device, usually made of titanium, that goes on top of the gums and cannot be removed except by a dentist. The artificial tooth, or teeth, are then lodged into the implant. Partial dentures are always used for multiple missing teeth rather than one missing tooth, while a full denture is made for the entire upper or lower jaw. Whatever your needs, we’ll create dentures that fit only you, and you can always come back to us every year or so for adjustments.
Chipped or decayed teeth can be restored with our tooth-colored dental crowns. They’re made with a composite resin, which requires less drilling into the teeth, and as long as you continue to have checkups, they can last for at least a decade.
Other Oral Surgeries
When the pulp of a tooth becomes infected, that calls for a root canal treatment. This is probably the most common example of oral surgery that we come across. We can also perform more drastic operations like tooth extraction, though this is reserved for cases where teeth suffer a traumatic injury. Wisdom teeth extraction is another service we provide.
If you have popping jaws or facial pain, there might be a disorder with the TMJ or the joint at the back of your jaw. When these joints are out of line, they can lead to other conditions like obstructive sleep apnea. This is another matter that you can discuss with our oral surgeon.
If you or a family member needs braces for crooked teeth, you can go with the old-fashioned metal braces, or you can try out Six Month Smiles, which uses clear aligners and tooth-colored archwires, making the braces virtually invisible. You’ll see results in six months because Six Month Smiles utilizes some of the latest dental technology that’s available.
If your teeth have become stained over time from too much coffee or cigarettes, there are easy ways to restore their appearance. You can choose to have a tooth whitening procedure done in our office or request a take-home treatment. After several treatments, you’ll start to see results. For more immediate results, you might think about our veneers. These are thin pieces of porcelain that are custom-made for your teeth and directly applied to them. You can not only improve your smile but also cover the look of any chipped, broken, or uneven teeth.
Another cosmetic treatment that our dentist can provide is BOTOX®. This may come as a surprise, but many dentists consider it good sense to offer this service. By injecting BOTOX® into your facial skin, we can work towards minimizing the appearance of wrinkles, relieving muscle tension and spasms, and even relieving migraines.
Located in Marrero, Southern Dental Care wants to be your Lafitte dental clinic. Before we start any treatment, we’ll thoroughly educate you on the procedure. We might also be able to interest you in our preventative dental measures. Give us a call today to set up an appointment for yourself or your family member.