If you are missing most or all of your natural teeth, it can be difficult to eat and speak properly.
A custom denture can restore your bite, your self-confidence, and even your quality of life.
Our team of dentists in Lake Charles, LA, can craft traditional or implant-supported dentures to restore your smile.
Benefits of Dentures
Restored Oral Function
Proper chewing requires that teeth interlock snuggly when the jaws are closed. This is known as occlusion, and tooth loss can negatively affect this important oral function. Dentures restore bite balance, reducing your risk of developing uncomfortable jaw conditions.
More Youthful Facial Features
Missing teeth are associated with advanced age. Beyond addressing gaps in your smile, a full or partial prosthetic can ensure that your cheeks do not appear sunken-in. If you are looking for a treatment that can leave you looking several years younger, custom dentures might be right for you.
Improved Speech Clarity
Teeth play an important role in speech function. Following the placement of your denture at one of our dental practice locations, you may notice that speaking becomes easier and clearer.
Living with missing teeth can be embarrassing. A high-quality full or partial denture can give you the ability to speak and chew with confidence. Our custom prosthetics are definitely a cause for smiling.
Schedule Your Denture Consultation Today
Our Lake Charles-area offices accept most major insurance plans and offer financing through CareCredit®. No matter what your oral health needs are, Dr. Jeffery Hennigan and the dental team of Lake Area Dentistry are here to provide you with quality and affordable care. Our doctors emphasize preventative care as a means of saving you time and money down the road.
A denture can deliver life-changing benefits. To schedule your initial consultation at one of our offices, serving patients in and near Lake Charles, DeQuincy, Kinder, or Sulphur, LA, please contact our office online or call:
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Traditional vs. Implant-Supported Dentures
Traditional dentures are removable. They rest on your gums and depend on a combination of denture adhesive and suction to remain in place. Although this provides a level of stability that can allow you to enunciate and eat soft or finely chopped foods, traditional dentures can shift out of place.
Implant-supported dentures are secured directly to implants that are surgically placed in your jaw. This keeps your dentures in place at all times, regardless of what you choose to eat. Dental implants also provide stimulation to your jaw to prevent the atrophy that follows tooth loss. As a result, implant-supported dentures need far fewer adjustments than traditional dentures.
Not Sure If Dentures Are Right For You? Request a consultation with our dentists today
Throughout our history, we have provided exceptional oral care treatments to help our patients achieve and maintain a lifetime of healthy and beautiful smiles. Before any dental care begins, your dentist will discuss all of your options and craft a custom treatment plan to fit your specific dentistry needs and goals. We want each patient to be educated and feel confident in their treatment options.
If you are wondering if dentures are right for you, the first step is a consultation at one of our four locations. We proudly serve the patients of Lake Charles, LA, and surrounding communities with comprehensive treatment options, including crowns, dentures, and other restorative dentistry procedures to replace one missing tooth or many missing teeth.
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What If You Are Only Missing a Few Teeth?
Dentures are only recommended following considerable tooth loss. If you have lost one or a few consecutive teeth, you may be a better candidate for a dental bridge. An individual lost tooth can be replaced using a crown and dental implant. However, if you are missing a significant portion of your upper or lower dental arch, a partial denture is the better option.
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The Added Benefits of Dental Implants
If you are dissatisfied with the performance of your removable denture, consider stabilizing it with dental implants. These small metal posts are placed in the jaw, replacing missing tooth roots and allowing your false teeth to feel and function like natural teeth. This unique restoration also prevents the jawbone atrophy that follows tooth loss, is gentler on your gums, and better protects your overall oral health.
Our practice in Lake Charles, LA, works with an experienced oral surgeon who can place your implants. We can coordinate all other aspects of your implant care.
Unfortunately, not all our patients qualify for implant-supported dentures. Since they involve a surgical procedure, candidates must be in good overall health and non-smokers. Certain conditions like uncontrolled diabetes can increase your risk of complications so make sure to go over your medical history with our dentist to ensure your safety.
Candidates must also have sufficient jawbone density to support traditional implants. If you have experienced jawbone recession from long-term tooth loss, you may first require a bone grafting procedure. Alternatively, you may want to consider All-on-4® treatment, a technique that takes advantage of your remaining bone tissue with just four implants (as opposed to the traditional six to eight). All-on-4 implants stabilize a complete denture and can help you avoid preparatory procedures. To find out what treatment you qualify for, schedule a consultation at our office in Lake Charles, or DeQuincy, LA.
Get a Personal Estimate Today
We are here to help you find the best restorative option for your needs and budget. We never pressure you to choose one type of denture over another or upsell you on treatment.
Schedule a one-on-one consultation with our dentists today to get a personalized cost estimate for your treatment. We have conveniently located offices serving Lake Charles, DeQuincy, Sulphur, Kinder, and surrounding areas. Get in touch by sending us a message online, or by calling our offices.
How Much Do Dentures Cost?
The cost of a traditional denture at our Lake Charles dentistry practice generally ranges between $1,100-$2,000. This type of denture is typically covered–at least to some extent–by insurance.
For implant-supported dentures, you can expect the costs to be much higher because treatment is more complex and includes oral surgery. Although the denture might be covered by insurance, implants are considered elective. However, the benefits and long-term savings that come with implant-supported dentures make the price a worthy investment.
Lake Area Dentistry is accepting new patients from Lake Charles, DeQuincy, Sulphur, Kinder, and nearby communities and takes most major insurance plans. We also accept financing through CareCredit, allowing you to make affordable monthly payments to cover the cost of treatment.
The specific steps of your treatment will depend largely on what denture type you choose. However, most patients can expect:
A custom denture from our practice can restore your bite and your self-confidence–even your quality of life.
Incredible Smile Transformations
If you are suffering from poor confidence due to missing teeth, a new denture can transform your appearance and self-esteem. Our Lake Charles practice works with premium dental labs to ensure the most natural-looking and well-fitting results.
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Maintenance and Aftercare
General tips for maintaining the integrity of your dental appliance include:
Overnight Denture Care
If you have a removable denture, you'll need to take it out each night and place it in a glass of water. Placing the prosthetic in water ensures that the base material maintains its proper size and shape.
Cleaning your false teeth is easy. Simply brush the prosthetic with water using a soft-bristled toothbrush. There are also denture cleaning solutions that you can purchase.
Brushing and Flossing
Implant-supported dentures are often not removable. They should still be brushed twice a day as you would brush your natural teeth. Most convenience stores offer floss threaders that can be used to remove food particles from beneath your implant-supported denture.
Regular Dental Care
False teeth require periodic adjustments to account for changes to your gums. If you already visit our Lake Charles dental practice for check-ups and cleanings, your dentist can use those visits to ensure that your denture is still fitting properly. Dentures do not last forever. After several years, it may need to be replaced.
How long will my dentures last?
With proper care, your dentures can last for 15 years or more. It is important to remember that your restoration may wear over time, but if you follow proper care instructions, it can last for years to come.
Do dentures hurt?
No. If your dentures are hurting you or causing irritations, it is important to call your dentist. They can make adjustments to your dentures to eliminate the irritations or explore what may be causing you pain.
Do I still qualify for dentures if I have gum disease?
It is important to have a healthy foundation for your dentures, so you will need to undergo treatment for any oral health issues like gum disease, infections, or decay before you receive dentures. Lake Area Dentistry provides comprehensive treatments to help you achieve a healthy, functional, and beautiful smile.
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