Crowns & Bridges
Crowns and Bridges are a great way to fix decaying teeth, replace missing teeth and correct various bite problems, and expert crown and bridgework takes a delicate hand with precision, skill and experience. At MoreSMILES, our doctors have prepared countless crowns and bridges for Louisiana patients.
If you have damaged teeth that need restoration, crowns and bridges are a great way to fix decaying teeth, replace missing teeth, and correct various bite problems.
A crown is used for a single tooth or multiple teeth where existing tooth structure allows “capping” the tooth to restore health and function. It’s often the best solution to restore decayed or fractured teeth and strengthen the tooth structure long-term.
A bridge is created to replace a missing tooth when there are two healthy teeth neighboring on either side for support.
An implant is increasingly becoming the standard of care for tooth replacement for two reasons:
- Implants replace a missing tooth (or teeth) without having to use abutting teeth for support, leaving healthy, natural teeth intact, and
- Implants have a proven track record with a very high rate of success.
When the health of a tooth has been compromised by decay, wear, improper bite or trauma, it’s only a matter of time before pain relief becomes your top priority. The goal of our comprehensive approach to your dental health is to detect little issues before they become big problems so you can avoid the discomfort of dental pain.In the case of unforeseen dental emergencies, we are concerned for your comfort and will make every effort to see you as soon as possible.
When restoration of teeth becomes necessary, we provide the very latest in filling materials, technique, treatment, and equipment to ensure your comfort and long-lasting health. Through laser detection of cavities, and our use of modern filling materials, we can preserve more natural tooth surface than ever before and avoid the use of ugly, potentially damaging metal fillings. Tooth-colored filling materials and computer-generated porcelain restorations are convenient, natural looking and durable. If you get anxious at the thought of having dental treatment, ask us how sedation can help you relax and get the dentistry you need.
CEREC® Same-Day Crowns
Digital dentistry with CEREC technology makes getting a crown easier than ever. In one visit, our doctors are able to take digital impressions, design the crown on a monitor right in the treatment room, mill the crown from a solid block of porcelain, and permanently cement the crown where it belongs.
This means no temporary crown, no waiting several weeks for a lab to create and mail back a crown, no second appointment, and there is no additional cost!
No messy putty impressions. CEREC CAD/CAM uses a capture wand to make digital impressions of the area and the surrounding teeth. CEREC and your doctor use these impressions to make the crown not only look great, but fit well in its spot and function like a natural tooth.
To replace a missing tooth, combine CEREC technology with an implant placed by Dr. Moreau and everything can be done right in our office. No need to travel back and forth between other offices.
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Full & Partial Dentures
For many of us, full or partial dentures will become a necessity at some point in our lives to replace missing teeth. This may be due to periodontal disease, tooth injury or tooth decay. Unlike our grandparents' dentures, however, our dentures do not have to be uncomfortable and ill-fitting.
With the help of our denture expert, Dr. Israel Finger, prosthodontic specialist, many happy patients have been able to smile confidently again and go back to eating all the foods they enjoy. Now they have more self-confidence and live a healthier life. Dr. Finger provides custom dentures, partials and implant restorations designed for each patient's personal treatment needs.
MoreSMILES is also now introducing Digital Dentures to the Northshore and Metro New Orleans area. If you or someone you know if in need of new dentures, call now to see if you are a candidate for this new technology.
Root Canal Therapy
While the words “root canal” can send shivers down the spine and instill a sense of anxiety, the advances in technology for providing root canal therapy have made this procedure so much easier than what its reputation might suggest. Most of our patients are pleasantly surprised at how well they tolerate the procedure, and post-op results are usually comfortable or a slight soreness that’s easily managed with over-the-counter medications.
In some complex cases, a patient requiring root canal therapy, or endodontics, is referred to one of our endodontic partners for treatment. But in many cases, we are able to provide standard of care treatment in our office. This therapy is used to clean out the interior of a badly infected tooth and prevent any harmful effects from returning. We provide ample information and education before beginning this procedure. Most are done in a single office visit and with minimal discomfort. Saving your teeth is usually the best and most cost efficient option.
Extracting one or more teeth is never our first choice for our valued patients, but there are situations where this service is necessary in order to protect the patient’s overall oral health and wellbeing. The tooth may be unable to be saved because of advanced periodontal disease or tooth decay; alternatively, we may need to remove it to make room for vital orthodontic correction. Whatever the reasons are, you can rest easy knowing that our team will do their best to ensure a smooth and comfortable procedure.
When a tooth is lost, it can cause the bone to deteriorate and the other teeth to move. Not only could this look unattractive, but it can also cause pain and discomfort. Placing an implant helps to stabilize the bone and prevent teeth from shifting.
Galileos 3D Imaging allows for accurate, guided implant placement. Dr. Moreau is able to view your jaw bone and sinus to plan the placement of the implant in a way that will allow for the most aesthetically pleasing placement of the crown.
Thanks to our Galileos 3D Imaging and CEREC technology, our patients are able to have the implant and crown done in the same office.
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Full Mouth Reconstruction
Full mouth reconstruction is an amazing option that can transform a neglected, diseased or broken-down mouth into a beautiful, healthy, functional and long-lasting mouth. This is a comprehensive approach, prioritized and tailored to your specific needs. Treatment and restoration can be achieved relatively quickly or can be phased according to your time considerations and family budget. Full mouth rehabilitation can also correct major mouth problems, including appearance, function and jaw / bite problems.
A full mouth reconstruction ensures a patient's gums, teeth, and jaw muscles function well and are in balance with each other. Full mouth reconstruction will bring together several elements in dentistry and orthodontics in order to correct a variety of tooth and gum problems, including broken or chipped teeth, misshapen teeth, missing teeth, misaligned teeth, or cracked teeth.
First, Dr. Moreau or Dr. Doyle will interview you to listen to your concerns and desires. Only after a thorough exam, which may include photographs, impressions and x-rays, will the doctor determine a treatment plan that will best suit your unique needs. Your treatment plan may include porcelain veneers, whitening, implants, crowns and bridges, and dental bonding. If you suffer from TMJ or neuromuscular problems, a goal of full mouth reconstruction should be to restore a harmonious bite to relieve head or neck tension, pain or soreness.
Once the foundation of your oral health is corrected, your smile will look and feel beautiful and you'll want to smile more! When you want to improve your total oral health, Dr. Moreau, Dr. Doyle, and Dr. Finger, our prosthodontic specialist, have the cosmetic dentistry experience and credentials you can trust. Email or call MoreSMILES today for more information on full mouth reconstruction or smile makeovers in the Metro New Orleans area and Northshore.