Full and Partial Dentures in Gretna, LA
At NOLA Dentures and General Dentistry, Dr. Russell Schafer restores his patient's smiles with full and partial dentures.
All of our dentures are custom-made by expert US based dental technicians so that your teeth feel good and look natural. We do not use low-quality foreign labs or denture materials. Whether you need to replace an old denture, you're having one made for the first time, or you just need to replace a few missing teeth, Dr. Schafer and his team work hard so that you get the best new smile possible.
Types of Dentures in Gretna We Offer
Acrylic Partial Dentures
We can us an acrylic partial denture as a long-term or short-term option to replace a tooth that's been injured, decayed, or even knocked out (avulsed).
As a long-term solution, we use an acrylic partial denture for replacing one or multiple adjacent missing teeth. This can provide the function and aesthetics that were lost when your teeth were compromised.
Immediate dentures, or healing dentures, are made to wear after dental surgery. Immediate dentures not only give you a smile that you can take home but also act as a band-aid to help your mouth heal after surgery. Dr. Schafer may also recommend immediate dentures to help you adapt to dentures while the mouth heals by training your tongue and lips to adjust.
Custom Full Denture
Dr. Schafer fabricates our custom full dentures with high-quality acrylic and beautiful, strong teeth. We create our dentures from tough, stain-resistant materials so that they can last for many years. To ensure that you like your smile, we offer a try in so that you can approve the final look and make sure that it is right for you.
Making a Denture
A well-made denture requires between 3 to 5 appointments to make but can be broken into 3 steps.
The first step is making sure that we have a snug fit for the denture to the gums by taking good models of the jaws. By properly fitting to the gums, the denture can place even pressure on the gums as well as have more suction. Having a good fit is crucial to making a denture feel comfortable.
Trial Dentures and Bite
The next step is getting a good bite. A good bite will help determine how the jaws line up. This is important for two reasons. First, the bite and the fit determine where the teeth go and how they close together when chewing.
The second reason is that when the bite is good, then the denture is more comfortable as it presses the dentures into the gums evenly on all sides. To do the bite, we mold wax that fits the mouth properly which is called a trial denture. We place the trial dentures in the mouth and line them up properly. We then place a strong material (which is almost always blue) that connects the two trial dentures. The picture shows the two trial dentures connected by the blue material and the models are placed so that we can tell how the top and bottom jawline up.
The next and most important step is the try-in. During the try-in, the denture teeth are placed on the wax trial dentures themselves. This shows exactly where we will place the teeth in the mouth and the patient can see exactly what their new smile will look like and how the bite will feel.
In Dr. Schafer's opinion, this step is crucial because dentures should look natural and beautiful. At this step, Dr. Schafer encourages all of his patients to be hyper-critical of how their trial smile looks. If they don't love it, he does it again until it looks right.
The Final Product
Finally, by following all these steps closely, we create a beautiful, well-fitting denture. From the front and side views, the denture fits together well and looks beautiful in the patient's mouth.
After the patient receives their denture, Dr. Schafer asks for a minimum of three follow-up visits: one day, one week, and one month. The one-day follow-up is to make sure that everything is fitting well. Most dentists do this step.
At the one-week follow-up, the denture wearer has started to learn how the dentures fit and the dentures work. This is the most important of the three visits because if there are issues with the denture such as being too tight or fitting too well to the gums, the issues generally arise at the one-week visit.
Finally, the one-month visit is to check-in and make sure all is ok. By following all these steps, Dr. Schafer can ensure an excellent outcome for each denture wearer.
Contact Us to Learn More!
We look forward to providing you with dentures that meet your lifestyle and needs. Give us a call today for a free denture exam, x-ray, and consultation.