Dentures – Covington, LA

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Your Smile
After Extensive
Tooth Loss

Dentures

Living with missing teeth can be difficult. A space in one’s smile can make it more difficult to bite, chew, and speak. But what’s worse is that it can make one hesitant and shy to show off their smile, harming their self-esteem and quality of life. Thankfully, MoreSMILES Dental Spa in Covington has allowed many patients to enjoy having a complete smile again.

Why Choose MoreSMILES Dental for
Dentures

  • Skilled and
    Knowledgeable Staff
  • Affordable In-Office Savings Plan Available
  • Friendly and Judgement-Free Dental Office

Who’s a Good Candidate for Dentures?

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Dentures can be used to treat patients of all ages who have one or a few missing teeth as well as those who are missing one or both arches. To determine if dentures can be a suitable treatment for you, Dr. Moreau will thoroughly inspect your mouth during your first consultation. If he finds untreated tooth decay, gum disease, or another relevant concern, he will recommend treatments to help you achieve a healthier mouth that can safely support dentures. Once you’re ready, we’ll be happy to proceed with getting you fitted for a customized set of dentures that is incredibly lifelike and amazingly comfortable. Contact our office if you have any questions.

Effects of Missing Teeth

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Tooth loss often happens because of injuries, tooth decay, or gum disease, and it can lead to negative consequences such as difficulty eating, trouble speaking, facial sagging, and lower self-esteem. The teeth work together as a team, and the loss of one can cause the pressure of chewing to be unevenly distributed or the remaining teeth to slide out of alignment, making the patient more vulnerable to further dental injuries and infections. By replacing your teeth sooner, you can prevent these issues to preserve your oral and overall health.

What Qualifies You for Dentures?

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Dentures can be a fantastic option for patients who have lost many teeth or whose teeth are overly sensitive or severely decayed as long as they have sufficiently healthy gum tissue and jawbones. A denture patient must also commit to a rigorous oral health routine to keep their mouth and dentures in great shape. The number of teeth you are missing will determine whether you need a full or partial denture, and you may want to consider implant dentures that are secured with high-quality dental implants. Dentures can also be quite affordable, making them great for patients on a budget.

Alternative Tooth-Replacement Options

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If you aren’t a good candidate for dentures or if you’d like to explore other tooth replacement options, we offer several other treatments that can address missing teeth. These include:

Dental bridges: Consisting of one or several artificial teeth strung between two crowns or dental implants, dental bridges can be great for patients with one or a few missing teeth in sequence. If supported by dental crowns, they require the patient to have healthy teeth on either side of the gap. If supported by dental implants, the patient’s gums and jawbone must be sufficiently healthy.

Dental implants: Consisting of a titanium post surgically placed in the jawbone, a beautiful and lifelike artificial tooth attached above the gumline, and an abutment piece connecting the two together, dental implants comfortably look and function just like real teeth. The patient needs healthy gums and jawbones to receive them, and while they’re more expensive than traditional dentures, they are permanent.

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Types of Dentures

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There are different types of dentures to treat different types of tooth loss, and advances in dental technology have made these restorations completely lifelike and comfortable. Our team here in Covington will recommend one of the following treatments depending on your situation:

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are used to replace several teeth and are clasped to the patient’s remaining natural teeth. The gum-colored base and high-quality artificial teeth blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile, making your grin both functional and beautiful. These restorations are completely removable and can restore a smile after losing one or several teeth.

Full Dentures

Many people deal with complete tooth loss, and full dentures can allow them to have a complete smile again. Just like partial dentures, full dentures boast a lifelike gum-colored base and beautiful prosthetic teeth, and may be held in place with natural suction, denture adhesive, or both. Full dentures are removable and incredibly comfortable.

Implant Dentures

Implant dentures work just like full dentures except they are anchored to dental implants surgically placed within the jawbone. This allows them to provide the patient with maximum stability and chewing force. This is the denture option of choice for those who love steak or corn-on-the-cob.

The Benefits of Dentures

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When you have gaps in your grin from one or more missing teeth, your daily quality of life can suffer. Not only is it more difficult to speak and chew, but you could also develop low self-esteem. Having a hard time completing tasks that were once second nature can impact how you feel about yourself.

Fortunately, dentures are a versatile solution that can rebuild your grin so you can get back to life as usual. Continue reading to learn more about their many benefits, and if you have additional questions, feel free to contact us and we’d be happy to provide more information.

Psychological Benefits

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If you’ve suffered tooth loss, you’re at a higher risk of experiencing feelings of sadness and depression as well as less social engagement. When you’re worried about whether others can understand you when you’re talking or whether you’ll be able to enjoy the food on the menu, you’re not likely to want to be out and about. Not only that but you might also feel anxious about your appearance and whether others are judging you.

Dentures restore your smile which can give you some well-deserved peace of mind. Once you’ve adjusted to wearing them, you’ll once again be able to eat and speak without issues. You’ll have lifelike artificial teeth where the gaps used to be so you can look and feel your best.

Clearer Enunciation

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Your teeth play an essential role in your ability to talk because you form certain words and sounds by pressing your tongue to them in specific ways. When they go missing, you might develop a lisp or other challenges that make it hard to enunciate. It can be incredibly frustrating to feel like people can’t fully understand you no matter how hard you try.

Dentures take on the role of your natural teeth so that you can speak more clearly. Your tongue and facial muscles may take about a month to learn how to effectively work around them but then it’ll become second nature.

Improves Nutrition

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It’s natural to avoid certain foods that are difficult to eat if you don’t have enough teeth to properly chew them. Unfortunately, many healthier options like fruits, veggies, and meat can be hard to chew without a full set of pearly whites. You might develop gastrointestinal issues because you’re unable to mash your food into easily digestible pieces. Some people even experience malnutrition because they’re unable to get all the nutrients their body needs.

With dentures, you’ll be able to bite and crush food effectively so that you can safely enjoy more wholesome meals.

Preserves Oral Health

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If you still have natural teeth remaining, they’re in danger without dentures. They’ll naturally shift to try to fill the wide spaces left behind by ones that have gone missing. This can lead to improper alignment that creates uneven wear and tear. Plus, frequent pressure in the wrong places can crack or break them.

Your restoration prevents this kind of movement from happening which prevents potential problems down the road.

Expands Opportunities

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Everyone knows that to be successful, it’s important to make a positive first impression. One of the first things others notice about you is the state of your smile and if yours is incomplete, they’re sure to notice. It might unintentionally communicate false information about you like that you don’t know how to take care of yourself, for example.

Dentures enhance your appearance which also boosts your self-confidence so that you can draw more positive attention to yourself. With them in place, you’ll be sure to impress at your next dinner date or job interview.

Understanding the Cost of Dentures

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Receiving dentures should be a very exciting time in your life! Soon, you’ll be eating and socializing with renewed confidence and vigor thanks to your high-quality prosthetics. However, sometimes it can be a bit stressful if you haven’t resolved your finances. That’s why our team at MoreSmiles Dental is dedicated to transparency when it comes to the cost of your new smile. Read more below to learn all about the financial considerations of dentures.

Factors that Affect the Cost of Dentures

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There are three major factors that affect the cost of your dentures:

  • Necessary Preparatory Treatments: Some patients will need specific procedures to prepare their mouth for dentures. These could include gum disease treatment, extractions, or restorative dentistry.
  • The Type of Base: Most dentures use an acrylic base that is dyed to match your gums, however, there are other material options available.
  • The Replacement Teeth: Moreau and Dr. Doyle usually prefer to use porcelain for your replacement teeth, but there are cheaper alternatives.

It’s good to weigh your options when considering dentures, but it’s equally important to consider long-term benefits against the total cost. Sometimes the cheapest option might end up costing you more over time!

Are Implant Dentures More Expensive?

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Implanted dentures are far more expensive than their traditional counterparts, but they are ultimately a better value when you consider their longevity and other benefits. Implant dentures are like traditional prosthetics, but instead of relying on suction, they are anchored to several strategically placed dental implants.

This keeps them very stable, restoring up to 70 percent of your biting force. In addition, the implants stimulate your jawbone just like natural teeth, keeping it strong and preventing facial collapse. Implant dentures also last much longer on average than traditional dentures, so even if they cost more up-front, you’ll save money on replacements and other maintenance costs.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dentures?

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Many insurance plans may cover a portion of the costs associated with your dentures, but it varies by provider and individual coverage. If your insurance does list dentures as a major procedure they cover, it’s usually at a rate of 50 percent once you’ve met your deductible. If you’re unsure about your coverage, or if you’d like our team to help you comb your policy, we’ll be more than happy to do so. We’ll also file necessary claims on your behalf, so you don’t have to stress!

Other Options for Making Dentures Affordable

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We understand that not every patient is fortunate enough to have personal dental insurance, and we still want to help. This is why we offer financing through CareCredit. Patients who qualify can use the service to finance their dental work and pay it off with low-to-no-interest payments.

Don’t let financial constraints stop you from enjoying the quality of life that dentures can bring. Call us today and schedule a consultation. Together, we can find a way forward that will help you smile again without stress.

Denture FAQs

Can I Sleep with My Dentures?

Most dentists would recommend that you take you dentures out before you go to bed each night. Your prosthetic puts a lot of pressure on your gums as you wear it, so if you never give them a break you’re likely to wind up with denture sores.

Moreover, it’s possible to have bacteria build up underneath your prosthetic, so it’s smart to soak your dentures in an antibacterial solution while you sleep in order to keep them sanitary.

What is the Average Age for Dentures?

Patients of any age can need dentures, and of the flip side, not everyone who is older will lose their teeth. That said, tooth loss does become more common as people age; around 66% of people between the ages of 40 and 64 are missing at least one of their teeth, compared to only 33% of adults from 20 to 39. As you might imagine, this means that the prevalence of dentures among older people is much higher.

However, just to reiterate, you shouldn’t take this to mean that only seniors can benefit from dentures. Anyone who is interested in replacing many of their teeth quickly and affordably, give us a call and we’ll be happy to talk to you about what dentures could do for you.

What Qualifies You for Dentures?

There are three types of dentures, and each has their use for a different kind of patient. Partial dentures are designed for those patients who have lost some but not all of their teeth on a gum ridge, and involve a set of acrylic teeth attached to a metal base. Full dentures are used to replace an entire line of teeth; they’re made entirely from acrylic and are designed to adhere to the gums via suction. Then there are implant dentures, which are ideal for patients that are looking for a little bit more stability, though they require a little more strength from your jaw.

Will It Hurt to Get Dentures?

The process of being fitted for dentures is likely to be completely painless. However, it’s common for patients to be a little bit sore immediately after receiving their dentures, as it’ll usually take some time to get used to wearing your prosthetic each day. This will gradually become more comfortable over the course of a few months.

If you need a tooth extraction before your procedure, you may also be uncomfortable for a few days following that treatment. However, this should improve within 3-5 days of the procedure.