Losing teeth can affect how you feel about your smile. It can affect how your self-esteem, and it can make it more difficult to eat the foods that you love. If you or someone you love is in this situation, then you can fix those issues with dental implants and a dental bridge at Bayou Dental Group. Call [phone] or use our online form to schedule a consultation at our dentist office in Monroe, LA.
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Try to imagine for a moment a television show about dentistry.
We know. It probably wouldn’t make for exciting TV, but bear with us for a moment.
Now, imagine this show is done in the style of a home restoration show. Maybe we could call it “This Old Mouth”.
Still not planning to save this on your DVR? We don’t blame you but hang in there.
If this show were real, we can envision a few scenarios based on the services we have provided for our patients at Bayou Dental Group.
To be fair, some of the patients who come to our dentist office in Monroe, LA, are characters. Maybe this show could work, after all.
Pilot: Implant Dentures
If we were producing this show, the first episode would be about dentures and dental implants. It might play out something like this.
The featured patient would be someone who was completely edentulous. If we were in charge of casting, we would probably pick someone who had traditional dentures.
In the introductory part of the show, you would meet this person and his or her spouse. You would see scenes of the patient cleaning and putting in his or her dentures before heading out for the day.
At one point, he or she would join some friends for lunch. At the restaurant, the camera would pan over the menu, and our featured patients would say something like, “I really want the corn on the cob and the buttered carrots as my side, but they are just too hard to eat with my dentures.”
Our featured patient would then order a chopped steak with mashed potatoes on the side. Since this shows are about showing the problems that may need to be addressed, his or her dentures would slip out as he or she tried to place this order.
Act Two: The Dentist Office
After a break, we would cut back to a dentist office, where someone like our own Dr. Finley would be shown talking about the benefits of dental implants.
The camera would pull back to reveal that the dentist is talking to our featured patient, at which point the narrator would speak over images that explained the history of dental implants:
“Swedish physician and professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark developed dental implants after
an accident discover while doing research with rabbits. He’d placed titanium cylinders in their leg bones as part of a research experiment about blood flow.
When he realized that the bone had bonded to the cylinders, making them difficult to
remove, Dr. Brånemark spent the next decade developing the modern dental implant.
He placed his first dental implant in a human patient in 1965, and since then dental implants have become a staple of restorative dentistry and tooth replacement.”
Back in the dentist office, the dentist would explain that dental implants are used to replace the roots of missing teeth.
As the dentist talked how implants are used to make teeth implants stable and secure, an illustration would show the steps in the process.
The dentist may use a cone beam scanner like the one we have at Bayou Dental Group to create a 3D model of the feature patient’s jaw (since this particular patient would not have any real teeth).
The dentist would show how the computer-generated 3D model helps in planning the placement of the implants for the greatest benefit to the patient.
Another illustration would show how dentures can be attached to the dental implants and why this makes them much more likely to stay in place than dentures held in place by denture adhesives.
The teaser before the commercial break would be the patient getting ready for his implant procedure.
Conclusion: The Happy Patient
Home improvement shows end on a happy note, and “This Old Mouth” would be the same.
We would jump ahead to months after our patient’s dentures had been bonded to the implants. He or she would be sitting in the same restaurant that he or she visit earlier in the show.
Only, this time, he or she wouldn’t even look at the menu. Instead, when the waiter arrived our patient would say, confidently, “Bring me the fried chicken dinner with carrots and corn on the cob.”
After telling his or her friends how much of a difference that implant-supported dentures have made in his or her life, the screen would cut to a shot of the patient biting into the carrots, the corn, and the chicken without any problems as the closing credits started.
Be The Star Of Our Show
We realize “This Old Mouth” probably won’t start production anytime soon, but there is something we want you to know. We consider all our patients to be featured patients.
That’s true if you are coming to see us about getting implant-supported dentures, tooth-colored fillings, or any other dental restoration at Bayou Dental Group in Monroe, LA.
We also welcome you to make an appointment today if you need teeth replaced or repaired. You can contact us online or call [phone].
Did you know that a majority of kids will have a cavity between the ages of 5 and 9, according to the American Dental Association?
We’re hoping that got your attention. And if you are looking for a dentist for you and your kids, then we hope you will come to our office in Monroe, LA.
The staff at Bayou Dental Group enjoys working with children. Not only are kids fun, but this is a great opportunity to educate them about their oral health.
We want to make dental visits enjoyable for your children, too. We know this can help to build a lifelong habit of dental care that will keep their mouths healthy for decades to come.
1 By The First
Before your child’s initial visit with us, there are some things you can do to help your son or daughter.
You can use a moist cloth to wipe his or her gums before the first tooth erupts. Once your child has a tooth, then you should start brushing with a child-size toothbrush and small amount of toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice). Remember: As soon as your child has teeth, he or she can develop tooth decay.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends bringing your child for his or her first dental visit no later than his or her first birthday.
We realize your son or daughter won’t have many teeth at this point, but it’s never too early for a check-up. You are also developing a habit (that we hope will continue) of bringing your child for regular visits to our office.
This first visit isn’t just for your child. It’s also a great opportunity for you to ask questions about what you can do to encourage good oral hygiene habits at home.
One of the worst feelings any parent can experience is knowing that your child is in pain.
We know this, and we understand this. This is why we try to make your kids’ dental care as pain-free as possible.
Routine dental visits actually help with this. If your child does develop a cavity, we are more likely to catch it at an early stage if your family visits us regularly.
In some cases, we may not even have to numb his or her tooth to treat the tooth decay. If we find the cavity early, we can use air abrasion to remove the decay. Air abrasion works by uses air to push tiny particles into your child’s teeth. This acts as a miniature sandblaster to remove the decay — no drill required.
The gentle care that we provide is also reflected in the concern that our staff has for all our patients no matter how young or old.
We want your children to know that we are here to help them stay healthy and that we will make every effort to make their care as painless as we can.
Baby Teeth Are Important
Some parents may wonder why it matters if a primary tooth has a cavity. It’s just going to fall out anyway, right?
That is true, but your children’s primary teeth (also called baby teeth) are still important. If nothing else, these are the teeth they will learn to brush and floss. If they can keep their baby teeth healthy, then they are developing good habits that they can continue to use when they have their permanent teeth.
Some time after age 3, your child will express a desire to brush his or her own teeth to prove that he or she is a “big kid” or just as a natural part of becoming more independent.
At this age, you want your child to brush his or her teeth twice each day. Each time, he or she should use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste to scrub his or her teeth for at least two minutes and being sure to clean the teeth on all sides. It’s still a good idea to floss between their teeth once a day, too.
Primary teeth also act as space savers. Children’s baby teeth usually start falling out between the ages of 6 and 7. Often, the adult teeth erupt behind them.
In a way, baby teeth serve as guides that direct where the permanent teeth will go. When baby teeth fall out early, this can affect the alignment of their teeth and the development of their jaw.
Children don’t always appreciate the things their parents do for them, but parents continue to do them anyway because they love their kids.
Keeping your kids’ teeth healthy — and teaching them to do the same — is another one of those things. Our team at Bayou Dental Group wants to help however we can.
This starts when you bring your child to our dentist office in Monroe, LA. To make an appointment for a cleaning, just call [phone] or fill out our online form.
The Internet has changed the world in ways that hadn’t been imagined 30 years ago. (Example A: You are reading this on a dentist’s online website.)
Wifi expanded the reach of the Internet, and now it’s something we almost take for granted. Wifi works best when we don’t even notice it, and we usually don’t notice it unless there is a problem.
Dental implants are kind of the same way. The full benefits of having dental implants occur when we don’t think about them being there.
Instead, you just smile and take another bite of your meal just like you did when you still had all your teeth.
Here To Help The Stars
We know that dental implants are a wonderful service for any patient who visits our dentist office in Monroe, LA. Our staff at Bayou Dental Group will be glad to answer any questions you may have about them.
We have been trying to come up with a good analogy for implants, and we haven’t really come up with a perfect one.
Implants are not the star of Broadway show. They are more like the crew that builds to set so the show can be performed.
Implants are not like the quarterback as the public face of the team. Instead, implants are more like the trainers who work to keep the players healthy and strong so they can perform their best.
We understand what dental implants can do, and we want them to help anyone who needs to replace one or more teeth.
There’s a saying among people who are really into fitness. “Use it or lose it.”
For a long-distance runner, this can mean continuing to run mile after mile to maintain his or her stamina for the next race that he or she is training for.
For a powerlifter, this could mean continuing to lift heavy weights to sustain the strength needed for competitions.
For a football player, this could mean continuing to practice skills that he learned in high school in order to remain at the top of his game.
The same principle applies to your jawbone, believe it or not. Your jaw and teeth are part of a team. When that team is working together, it keeps your jaw healthy and strong.
Your teeth — more specifically, the roots of your teeth — play a key role in this process. Throughout your life, your jaw will resorb old tissue and replace that with new tissue as long as it gets the signal to do so.
Think of it as a factory that continues to make widgets as long as it keeps receiving new orders for them. If those orders stop, then the factory stops making more.
When you lose a tooth, part of your jaw stops getting those orders for new bone tissue. As you lose more teeth, less of your jawbone is making new bone tissue.
The problem is that your jaw will continue to resorb the old tissue. If that tissue isn’t replaced, then your jaw will get smaller and smaller.
Dental implants keep this process going. When an implant is placed into your jaw, it becomes your new root for all practical purposes. The implant sends the order that new bone tissue is needed, and your jawbone responds by making that new tissue.
Holding The Line
When your jawbone is healthy and strong, this means your implants are more secure and stable as well.
And that helps the rest of your teeth, too.
You are probably aware that teeth can be moved. This is the basis for orthodontic care.
But you may not be aware that your teeth move every day. You generally don’t notice those changes because as your teeth move, they push into one another.
This mutual pressure effectively keeps your teeth in the same relative positions from day to day.
So what can happen if you remove just one of those teeth? Those small pressures can cause teeth to drift into the open space created by a lost tooth.
That drifting can affect how well you are able to bite and chew food. Over time, the drifting (combined with the loss of bone mass in your jaw) can lead to more lost teeth.
Getting a dental implant or implants to support a dental crown or bridge can stop you tooth loss before it gets worse.
By replacing your missing tooth, you now have something to push back on your teeth and keep them where you want them to stay.
A lost tooth can become lost teeth or a lost row of teeth if you don’t take steps to replace what is missing.
A well-placed dental implant from Bayou Dental Group could save you from additional problems. If you have questions about dental implants or tooth replacement, please contact us online or call [phone].
At Bayou Dental Group, we consider Monroe, LA, and the surrounding area to be part of our community. As dental professionals, we care about the oral health of every member of our community.
But we know that we aren’t able to help everyone. One of the reasons why is dental anxiety.
Dental anxiety can be unpleasant for anyone who is experiencing it, and that’s probably an understatement.
According to experts, millions of Americans avoid the dentist as a result of their anxiety. This increases their risk of developing serious oral health issues.
We want to help you prevent those problems. We also want to help you find a way to manage your anxiety about visiting our office.
This is why we offer sedation dentistry for our patients.
A Visit To The Dentist
Let’s say you were coming to our office for a cleaning and examination. This is the basis for preventive dental care.
When you walk in the door, you are greeted by a member of our friendly staff.
When your name is called, you are taken to one of our patient rooms. We may take X-rays of your teeth to look for signs of tooth decay and to check for any changes to your alignment.
A dental hygienist will remove any tartar or plaque build-up on your teeth. She also may use dental floss to clean between your teeth and gums, and then finish by polishing your teeth.
If we find something that needs to be addressed, we may numb part of your mouth so we can fix the problem without causing you pain.
When you are finished, you may schedule your next appointment before heading back to your daily life.
If you don’t have dental anxiety, that may have sounded like a routine trip to the dentist.
But if you do struggle with fear of the dentist, you may have felt anxious just reading those sentences.
Maybe your anxiety is due to a fear of needles. Maybe you feel anxious when a dental professional gets the tools ready to clean your mouth.
Maybe just sitting in the chair or walking through the door gets your heart racing.
We want you to know that it’s OK. We treat patients nearly every day who struggle with dental anxiety. Some of them take advantage of our comfort options to relax, and others use dental sedation to get through their treatment.
Whatever approach will help you is the approach we want to use.
A Dental Visit With Oral Sedation
Here’s what your dental visit could be like with oral conscious sedation.
A family member or a friend comes to your house. This person drives you to our office and walks in with you to provide support.
Before you go back to the patient rooms, you will take a pill. This pill contains medication that will help you relax and remain calm throughout your visit.
We will give the pill time to take effect, which will include you feeling drowsy or falling asleep.
The next thing you may remember is waking up at home in your bed. Your family member or friend is in the living room watching television because they drove you home from the dentist office.
You may not remember any of your dental care, and what you do recall may be spotty, like parts of a dream.
What you do know is that your teeth are clean and your mouth is healthy.
If that sounds like a more pleasant dental experience, then you may want to schedule a consultation with our dentist.
Why A Consultation?
While we would love for you to make your return to the dentist office with us, it may help if you visit us in a lower stress situation first.
During a consultation, you are not committing to anything, but you do will the opportunity to get to know our dentist, Dr. Finley, to meet other members of our staff, and to ask questions about our approach to dental care — including dental sedation.
We have found that understanding what can happen and why we do things is one way to help our patients relax.
If you feel like scheduling an appointment at the end of your consultation, we can help you find a time that works with your schedule.
If you feel you need more time to prepare for a dental cleaning, that’s OK, too. When you are ready, you can always call Bayou Dental Group at [phone] or contact our Monroe, LA, dentist office by filling out our online form.
You want to be happy, right?
No two people will want the same things, however. Some people enjoy getting out in nature. Other people prefer to spend their days in a workshop tinkering with mechanical devices.
And some people just want time to spend time with their family or curled up with a good book.
These differences are what make each of us who were are, and our smiles are a big part of who we are, too. Unfortunately, some people hide their smiles because they don’t like something about their teeth.
That makes our team members sad here at Bayou Dental Group. We prefer to see all our patients smiling when they visit our dentist office in Monroe, LA.
It’s also why Dr. Finley developed what he calls the Smile Creation procedure.
Get Your Creative Juices Flowing
We are all creative in our own ways, so why not put that creativity to use to help yourself.
Smile Creation begins with you. Think about what your ideal smile would look like. Better yet, get a pen and paper and write it down.
When you look in the mirror or look at a picture of yourself, what do you see in your smile? More importantly, what would you like to see?
What would you like to be different about your teeth or your smile?
When you are ready, call our office at 318-302-4236 or use our online contact form to request a consultation with Dr. Finley.
Bring your list to your meeting with Dr. Finley. This will help you during this initial discussion.
Dr. Finley wants to understand what you want. It’s important to him and to us that you are involved in the Smile Creation process from planning stages all the way to the final stages when you see your new smile for the first time.
But it starts with you sharing what you would like to see in the mirror each morning.
Dr. Finley is one of the most skilled cosmetic dentists in Louisiana, and he has earned accolades from his peers across the country.
In addition to being the Pelican State’s only accredited American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, he also is a five-time award winner in the AACD’s smile gallery competition (which is a demonstration of the cosmetic care he has provided for our patients).
No matter what changes you would like to make, we want to help, and you will be in the hands of a dental professional who can make it happen.
Planning And Preparation
We can’t stress how important it is for you to be involved in the planning process. Many times, there is more than one treatment for a problem (e.g. teeth whitening or veneers for teeth that are discolored).
Your input will be a valuable part of deciding which service or services we will use. We want you to be involved in planning your new smile.
We will use our resources to help, too.
One example of this is our cone beam scanner. We can use it to create a 3D model of your mouth, which will make it easier to determine how to make the changes you want to see.
The services we use will depend on your goals.
Dental bonding and dental crowns are both ways to restore teeth that are damaged as a result of wear and tear, chipping, and breaking.
Teeth whitening can remove stains from your teeth. Veneers can conceal the parts of your teeth that you don’t like and cover them with something you want others to see.
Dental implants and dental bridges could be part of your makeover, too, if you need to replace missing and lost teeth.
After we have worked out the plans for your new smile, we will work with you. This may mean making changes one step at a time, or it may mean planning a single visit to transform your smile.
Either way, our goal is to give you a reason to smile, and you will be even happier when you know that you helped to create it.
Whenever you feel like you are ready to begin the Smile Creation process, just contact our dentist office if you live in or near Monroe, La. Make an appointment with Dr. Finley to learn more about what is possible.
Again, you can contact us online or call [phone].