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Immediate Dentures

    One of the most common concerns that patients have when come to NOLA Dentures and General Dentistry is they want their smile fixed.  Fixing smiles is one of the key foundations of dentistry along with keeping the mouth healthy, ensuring good chewing, and speaking well.  Unfortunately, often times when smiles need to get fixed it is because the teeth are no longer fixable and they are either loose or broken.  However, these teeth are usually still functioning because they are providing some level of a smile even if the smile itself isn’t very pretty.  To fabricate a final prosthesis and fix the smile long term, often five to seven ...

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3D Printed Dentures

At NOLA Dentures and General Dentistry, Dr. Schafer strives to offer the highest level of care for his patients by keeping up with the latest technology.  One of the newest services that Dr. Schafer offers to NOLA Dentures and General Dentistry is making 3d printed dentures from our in office 3d printers. We offer this service because it helps many of our patients avoid embarrassment from missing teeth at a much more quickly than our hand crafted dentures and we use them in situations where we need a low cost prosthesis for the moment.  This blog post will discuss the process for creating the printed dentures, the types of printed ...

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Common terms and conditions that insurance carriers use to deny benefits.

Insurance Paper | Insurance Terms Gretna, LA

In the previous two blog posts, I’ve discussed various dental insurance terms that carriers use to help you better understand dental benefits. Probably though, the most frustrating thing that most patients and dentists experience with carriers is denials of benefits. Unfortunately, dental insurance companies lose money each time they pay out a claim and some of them have departments and systems set up to deny coverage to their subscribers. In this short essay, I’d like to describe common terms and conditions that insurance carriers use to deny benefits to ensure that they don’t pay out too much money for your care as well as what you can do to ensure ...

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Terminology Important to Understanding Dental Benefits

Dental Terminology | Dentist in Gretna LA

In our last blog post, we covered an overview of dental benefits from the differences between HMO and PPO as well as what typical PPO plans cover. In this post, I would like to cover some routine terminology that the different carriers use as these terms are important to understanding dental benefits. By understanding these different terms that are used, subscribers can better utilize their policy to make sure they are getting the best bang for their buck. I would like to cover “in-network” vs “out-of-network,” pre-authorization, and coverage details.

Insurance Plans

One of the most common questions that we receive from new patients is “do you take insurance?” and this is ...

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Understanding Your Dental Insurance or Dental benefits

Dental Insurance paper with Approved stamp

At NOLA Dentures and General Dentistry, one of the most frequent discussions in our office is about a person’s dental insurance or dental benefits. This series of blog posts will be about using 3rd parties to help cover the cost of dentistry from describing what they are to common terminology used by the companies and common problems that occur. My goal for these blogs is to inform you so that you know how to work with your insurance company to get the best possible care. For the first blog, I want to discuss what dental insurance is, the difference between PPO vs HMO, and whether you should sign up ...

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Nightguards: Protecting Your Teeth and Smile

Mouth Guards Gretna LA

We can injure our smile three different ways. We can get cavities which is a bacterial infection that causes break down of the teeth. We can get gum disease which is an infection and swelling around the bone that supports the teeth. We can also grind and clench our teeth in ways that are destructive causing teeth to fracture and the bone to be injured. In this blog, I want to discuss nighttime tooth grinding, how nightguards can help protect teeth, and when do I recommend night guards.

The Reason For Mouth Guards

The medical term for grinding is called bruxism; however, for this article, I will refer to it as grinding. ...

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Daytime Clenching and Grinding

Jaw Clenching | Gretna Jaw Pain

Clenching and grinding also known as parafunctional activity or bruxism by dentists is generally broken up into two different types: clenching while sleeping and clenching while awake. While both can wear and break teeth, they are caused by different factors. Generally, night time clenching and grinding is difficult to stop because we are sleeping and we cannot control what we do at night time. Daytime clenching on the other hand is much easier to control because we are awake, but it is still a habit that can take time to break. To understand daytime bruxism, the three factors are why do we do it and what happens to mouth, how ...

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