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By Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry
March 15, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

If you are missing a tooth you may be curious about what options you have when it comes to restoring your smile. Dental implants are in many ways the best solution to tooth loss. They are meant to be a final and complete restoration of a missing tooth. This treatment will last much longer and will be stronger than other options. Learn more about dental implants in Slidell, LA, from Dr. Susan Silvestri and Dr. Ronnie Deniger of Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry.

Better Support

The key difference between dental implants and other methods of restoration, such as bridges and dentures, has to do with the way in which they are supported. Dental bridges depend on adjacent teeth to serve as support for the tooth they are replacing. To accomplish this, these healthy teeth need to be reshaped so that a crown can be attached to them, then they will hold your new tooth in place.

Dentures depend on suction as their main method of support. These require a proper fit to perform at their best. So many of the common complaints people have regarding dentures are due to this factor. A dental implant is supported in a very similar way to your natural teeth. They use a titanium post that is permanently implanted onto the bone of your jaw, and it's onto this that your new tooth will be attached.

Dental Implants in Slidell, LA

One downside to dental implants is that they do require a longer initial investment of time, as the implanted post can take months to heal and fuse with the jaw bone. Implants can last a lifetime with proper care, and they don't need any special treatment when it comes to hygiene or diet, although good dental habits remain key to maintaining your smile.

If you're ready to restore a single missing tooth or a complete smile, find out if you're a candidate for dental implants. Call (985) 641-7200 to schedule a consultation in Slidell, LA, from Dr. Silvestri and Dr. Deniger of Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry.

By Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry
November 02, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

How a root canal from your dentists in Slidell, LA, can save your smile

When you have a dental abscess, the pain can be excruciating. It’s easy to think about taking the tooth out, but don’t do it! Once a tooth is removed, you are faced with either living without the tooth or replacing the tooth with a bridge, dental appliance, or dental implant. It’s often a better choice to save the abscessed tooth. The answer is root canal therapy!

Dr. Susan Silvestri and Dr. Ronnie Deniger of Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry in Slidell, LA, provide comprehensive dental care, including root canal treatment to save your smile.

When you have a dental abscess, it means that the inner layer of your tooth, known as the pulp, has become bruised, infected, or damaged. When this happens, inflammation and fluid build-up inside your tooth, causing pressure and pain, which can be severe. A root canal saves your tooth by removing the infected pulp, which eliminates the pressure and pain.

A dental abscess can be caused by:

  • Deep decay which has spread to the pulp
  • Chronic grinding or clenching which has bruised the pulp
  • A periodontal disease that has spread to the root of your tooth

When you have a dental abscess you may:

  • Feel an aching or stabbing pain in your tooth that doesn’t go away
  • Feel increasing tooth pain when you eat or drink hot or cold foods or beverages
  • Notice a white or red bump on your gums next to the tooth root
  • See drainage coming out of the bump on your gums

Root canal treatment begins when your dentist creates a small opening in the top of your painful tooth. The infected pulp tissue is drawn out through the opening. A sedative material is then placed inside your tooth. This material will dry up the fluid and eliminate inflammation, pressure, and pain.

When your tooth is no longer painful, the sedative material is removed and replaced with an inert material that is left inside your tooth. The final step is closing the opening with a permanent filling, and your root canal is complete.

Root canal treatment can save your tooth and your smile. To learn more about root canal treatment and how it can save your teeth and your smile, call Dr. Susan Silvestri and Dr. Ronnie Deniger of Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry in Slidell, LA. You can reach them by calling (985) 641-7200, so call today!

By Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry
April 22, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Are you nervous about smiling because of one or more missing teeth? Do you hide your smile in pictures because you aren’t happy with any gaps in your smile? If so, dental implants may be the solution you’ve been looking for. Dr. Susan Silvestri and Dr. Ronnie Deniger at Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry in Slidell, LA, are here to help you determine if you’re a good candidate for dental implants and if they could benefit you!

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a tooth replacement option that is durable and long-lasting and can complete your smile with a natural-looking finish. Your dentist in Slidell, LA, will implant a titanium post into your gums, which will then fuse into your jawbone, mimicking a root. Once the post is fused into the jawbone, it will be topped off with a dental crown. This crown can be color-matched to the rest of your teeth and no one will ever know you were missing a tooth, to begin with.

Before you can receive your dental implant, your dentist will have to determine if you’re a good candidate for dental implants. They will determine this by inspecting the area where you’re missing a tooth and check to see if the area is suitable to support an implant. They will have to be sure that your jawbone hasn’t deteriorated and can fuse with the implant.

Once you receive your dental implant, care is easy. Treat your implant as if it was a regular tooth and be sure to brush and floss daily. Another benefit is that dental implants can help prevent facial sagging from happening in the future. The titanium post provides stimulation to the gums that were missing after the tooth was lost. This helps provide support to the jawbone and stops it from deteriorating.

Contact Your Dentist Today!

If you’re missing one or more teeth, be sure to contact Dr. Susan Silvestri and Dr. Ronnie Deniger at Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry in Slidell, LA, to see if you are an eligible candidate for dental implants. Call (985) 641-7200 today!

By Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry
August 29, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

When nearly half of adults have a condition, it is something that definitely needs to be addressed. That is the case for gum disease, which gum-diseaseprogresses to periodontitis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Periodontal disease can eventually cause tooth loss if it isn’t treated, and the possibility for gum-related infections. These are some of the most visible signs of periodontal disease that you should watch for and discuss with a dentist at Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry in Slidell, LA, as soon as possible to avoid tooth loss.

Bleeding, Red Gums
When you smile, your teeth can be pearly white and you could still have gum disease. What you should look at is the condition of your gums. If they’re bleeding or red in color, that means that they’re inflamed and irritated by bad bacteria. Blood on your toothbrush or when you floss is another possible sign. In either case, you should see your Slidell, LA, dentist as soon as possible for a checkup and cleaning. The earlier you go in for an appointment, the more likely the bad bacteria can be controlled.

A Very Unpleasant Mouth Odor
It’s fairly normal to wake up in the morning with bad breath, but it should go away after brushing, gargling, and rinsing. If your breath continues to smell unpleasant even after brushing multiple times, that’s a possible sign of periodontitis. The odor is often particularly pungent due to the overgrowth of bacteria around the gumline.

Deep, Loose Pockets Around the Teeth
The gums are healthy when they closely support the bottom edges of the teeth. If you notice that your gum tissue is beginning to come loose from the area around your gumline, that is a sign of periodontitis. By removing plaque and diseased tissue, your dentist can help restore healthy gum tissue to provide proper support for your teeth.

Get Help for a Possible Case of Periodontal Disease
Whether or not you have periodontitis, it is a good idea to see a dentist at Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry in Slidell, LA, at least a few times per year for checkups to avoid the effects of bad bacteria on your gums. Call (985) 641-7200 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Susan Silvestri or Dr. Ronnie Deniger.

By Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry
March 20, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

The loss of a tooth can may seem like a minor event, at least at first. A gap in your smile may make you feel self-conscious in social Root-Canal(situations and can make it difficult to tear into foods or chew them thoroughly, depending on the location of your missing tooth. Luckily, root canal therapy, offered by your Slidell, LA, dentists, Drs. Susan Silvestri and Ronnie Deniger of Silvestri and Deniger, prevents tooth loss due to infected or inflamed teeth.

Root canal therapy removes tooth pulp

Root canals are procedures that remove the soft pulp deep inside your tooth. The procedure is necessary if you have an inflammation or infection in the pulp. Without treatment, you'll eventually lose your tooth.

During the procedure, your Slidell, LA, dentist opens your tooth and removes the pulp. The interior of the tooth is cleaned carefully, including the tiny pathways known as the root canals that extend the length of the tooth. In most cases, a root canal is a two-step process. You'll be given a temporary filling at the end of the first appointment in order to allow time for the tooth to drain.

When you return for your second appointment, you'll receive a permanent filling. Root canal therapy, although absolutely necessary for the health of your tooth, tends to weaken your tooth. Your dentist may recommend a crown to protect and strengthen your treated tooth.

A root canal ends your pain

Do you associate root canals with pain? Unfortunately, the therapy has gotten an undeserved reputation as a painful dental procedure.

Before your root canal begins, your dentist will numb your mouth with injections of a local anesthetic. He or she will also check with you periodically during the procedure to make sure that you aren't feeling any pain.

After your treatment, your tooth may feel a little tender initially, but you can expect to be pain-free in just a week or two. Over-the-counter pain medications can be helpful if you do happen to experience mild pain after your treatment.

Protect your smile with root canal therapy! If you're concerned about a tooth, call your Slidell, LA, dentists, Drs. Susan Silvestri and Ronnie Deniger of Silvestri and Deniger, at (985) 641-7200 to schedule an appointment.

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