9445 Stevens Rd., Suite 120
Shreveport, LA 71106
Dentures & Partial Dentures
Whether from disease, malnutrition or genetic disorders, sometimes it is necessary for us to extract all of a patient's lower or upper teeth. While this can be devastating, dentures can provide a second chance at a beautiful smile.
Having complete dentures helps with chewing as well as supporting one's facial structure and improving ones speech. With immediate dentures, you can have a full set of teeth while you are waiting for your gums to heal and your bone to realign after having teeth removed. This can take up to ten months, so immediate dentures are a great alternative during that time.
Sometimes, complete dentures are not necessary. Partial dentures can replace missing teeth, and are secured to your remaining teeth with clasps.
No matter which kind of dentures you choose, you can be assured to receive natural-looking dentures that match your facial structure and desired tooth color.
For more information or to receive a free consultation, please contact us today.
At Dentures & Dental Services® of Shreveport, LA, we make every reasonable attempt to save your teeth. Unfortunately, in some cases damage to teeth is so advanced that it may be necessary to extract the tooth in order to maintain dental health.
If a tooth is broken, cracked or extensively decayed it may be necessary to remove it. Likewise, a tooth that is associated with advanced stages of periodontal disease may need to be removed.
Whatever the cause, you can rest assured that Dentures & Dental Services® of Shreveport, LA will carefully explore and inform you of any other options before making the decision to remove a tooth. Should tooth extraction become necessary, you are assured of nurturing care that comes with any Dentures & Dental Services® of Shreveport, LA procedure. We understand that the process of having a tooth extracted can be daunting and we make every reasonable attempt to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure.
Wisdom Tooth Extractions
In our late teens or early twenties, our third molars, commonly known as our wisdom teeth, begin to come in. In many cases, the jaw is simply not large enough to accommodate the extra teeth, and they become impacted, meaning they remain under the gum.
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause further complications including infection, crowding, damage to other teeth, cysts that permanently damage the jaw and other problems. In instances where the wisdom teeth do come through the gums, it may be at an awkward angle, also necessitating wisdom teeth extractions. While it is difficult to predict whether your impacted teeth will cause such damage, it is possible complications could arise. Regular x-rays help your doctor track your wisdom teeth and make decisions about removal.
The extraction of wisdom teeth is a common procedure and is performed under local anesthesia. After surgery, patients can expect varying levels of swelling and discomfort.
However, we make every reasonable effort possible to minimize pain and recovery time.
If you need your wisdom teeth removed or examined, please call our office today. We're happy to help.
Cleanings and Consultations
We all know that good oral hygiene keeps your teeth looking clean and shiny, but did you know that it's also essential to your overall health? It's true, poor oral hygiene can contribute to a variety of dental and medical problems such as gum disease, infection, and heart disease.
That's why dentists recommend that teeth be cleaned professionally twice a year. Teeth cleaning is the removal of dental plaque and tartar in order to prevent cavities, gingivitis and gum disease. The average dental cleaning is a routine procedure that is rarely painful and takes 30 to 45 minutes.
At Dentures & Dental Services® of Shreveport, LA, we perform a variety of dental cleaning procedures, from scaling to whitening, so you can rest assured that yours will be performed by a skilled and experienced dental professional.
Using state-of-the-art dental technology, we have improved thousands of smiles, and we want to do the same for you. To schedule an appointment or a consultation, please contact us today.
Dental x-rays work by creating an image of the denser parts of your body, such as teeth and bone, revealing dental problems that may not be apparent to the naked eye. At Dentures & Dental Services® of Shreveport, LA, we use this technology to detect and treat various disorders, such as cavities, infections, misalignment and decay, hopefully in their early stages.
Taking a dental x-ray takes just a few minutes and doesn't hurt. Minimal amounts of radiation are emitted in the process as x-ray machines are strictly regulated.
We use several types of x-rays in diagnosing dental problems, including:
Depending on your age and level of dental health, the ADA recommends getting a dental x-ray approximately every 1 to 3 years.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.
For over 150 years, cavities were filled with a mixture of metals including silver and mercury. It was perfectly normal to see dark grey areas in someone's mouth when they laughed.
But today, you can get your cavities, as well as any other smaller hollow areas in your teeth, filled with composite fillings. Composite fillings are made from resins that are matched to your tooth's color - so they become nearly invisible when applied.
Composite fillings also provide an excellent seal on the affected area, so that tooth decay can be prevented. The factors that go into our decision to use composite fillings include:
If you are unsure about the type of filling you need, please schedule an appointment today for a consultation.
Depending on the type of treatment you have received for your dental problem, it might be necessary to:
Have your tooth restored to its original size and shape
Supply additional physical support for the treated tooth
Get a complete "makeover" on the affected tooth
For cases like these, a crown may be the most logical option.
While inlays and onlays cover the chewing surface of the tooth and fillings fill in the empty interior space of the tooth, crowns completely cover every visible part of the tooth - which is why they are sometimes referred to as "caps." A part of your tooth remains but is essentially rebuilt to resemble the tooth at its exterior best.
While porcelain crowns certainly can improve the look of a tooth or multiple teeth, they are recommended only in conjunction with prior repair of the tooth - not simply for cosmetic purposes.
For more information, please contact us today.
Dental Implants/Mini Implants
No matter if you are simply looking to fill in the void of one or multiple missing teeth, Dentures & Dental Services® of Shreveport has a possible solution. We offer single tooth implant supported crowns, implant supported bridges and implant supported dentures. Traditional endosteal implants are an option when it comes to stabilizing a denture. For some patients, mini implants might also be a consideration. One of our highly qualified and experienced dentists will discuss with you which option will work best in your particular situation. As with all of our services, implants are offered at a fraction of the cost of most general dentists!
As with all our dental services, you'll be treated with the nurturing care and professionalism that embodies the Dentures & Dental Services® practice. We'll make a reasonable effort to keep you comfortable and informed throughout the implant process. We are available to address any questions or concerns.
Don't wait to restore your smile. Please call Dentures & Dental Services® of Shreveport today and schedule an appointment!
In the past, teeth with diseased nerves have been removed from the mouth. However, through a root canal, most of the diseased tooth can usually be salvaged. In most cases, the root canal procedure is a simple treatment that involves little to no patient discomfort.
Within the walls of each tooth, a strand of dental pulp – the substance that supplies the tooth with nerves, nutrients, connective tissue and blood vessels – laces downward into the root. If the dental pulp becomes diseased, the pulp dies, cutting off the nutrients and nerve signals which the tooth needs to be healthy. If the diseased pulp is left in the tooth, the tooth will become infected, forcing it to need extraction.
Root canals can allow the dentist to remove the pulp, clean the canal and seal the tooth, effectively protecting and saving the tooth most times. After an opening is created through the crown of the tooth into the dental pulp chamber, the pulp is removed. The canal is cleaned out, and the pulp chamber is permanently filled. The dentist will proceed by putting in a temporary filling. Afterwards, the temporary filling will be replaced with a permanent filling or a crown, depending on the location of the tooth within the mouth.
Periodontal/Gum Disease Treatments
Periodontics refers to the treatment and maintenance of the structure that supports your teeth - namely, the gums and bone.
Gingivitis is an early form of gum disease. If you experience an occasional swelling of the gums, gums that bleed after brushing or flossing, itchy gums, or bright red or purple gums, chances are you have gingivitis. Gingivitis can be treated by having your teeth professionally cleaned, followed by a strict oral hygiene regimen, including anti-bacterial rinses.
Left untreated, gingivitis can escalate into periodontitis - although there are other factors that can contribute to the disease, including smoking, genetic tendencies, and unchecked diabetes. Periodontitis symptoms include those of gingivitis, as well as a metallic taste in the mouth, receding gums, enlarged spaces between the gums and teeth, severe halitosis (bad breath), and even loose teeth (from loss of bone).
For more information or to schedule an appointment please call Dentures & Dental Services® of Shreveport, LA today: (318) 686-0493.