Missing teeth can significantly impact your oral health, ability to eat and speak, and daily quality of life.
Dentures are a time-tested solution for widespread tooth loss. They can help you eat, speak, and smile with confidence once again.
The dentists at Harris Dental Clinic in Laurel, MS, have more than 40 years of combined experience providing custom-made dentures.
Dentures Offer Many Benefits
Missing teeth increases the risk of developing several additional dental issues, including further tooth loss, cavities, and a weakened jawbone. Even a single missing tooth can make some of these more likely. A lack of teeth can also lead to an inability to eat a sufficiently healthy diet.
Crucial daily tasks like eating and speaking can be much more difficult for people missing their natural teeth. Dentures are a great way to restore these abilities, allowing you to talk and eat with renewed ease and confidence.
Your natural teeth provide necessary support to your facial structure. A lack of teeth leads to jawbone deterioration, which can cause wrinkling and a sunken look, making you appear years older than you actually are. Receiving dentures can help you fight these aesthetic concerns and can give you a renewed and more youthful appearance.
Many patients who suffer from tooth loss find themselves constantly hiding their smiles. This can actually take a toll on your happiness, since smiling is known to raise dopamine and serotonin levels. These are stress-reducing hormones that cause positive feelings when released in the body.
We Offer Several Types of Dentures
Many people are under the impression that dentures are only for those who are missing all their teeth. This is not the case. Partial dentures are a great dentistry option for patients missing just some of the teeth along a dental arch.
Partial dentures work by clipping onto the backs of existing teeth and resting on top of your gums. The use of tooth-colored clips and a gum-like base ensures partial dentures seamlessly blend into your existing smile.
Complete dentures, commonly referred to as full dentures, are used to replace an entire arch of missing teeth. Depending on your needs, you can receive full dentures for your top arch, bottom arch, or both.
This option is ideal for patients who are missing all or nearly all of their teeth but do not want to pay for dental implants. Complete dentures fit tightly to your gums but remain totally removable.
Dental implants are surgically implanted titanium posts that act as tooth roots. Dentures that are supported by dental implants provide the highest stability and support.
Implant-supported dentures are more expensive. However, many of our Laurel patients believe they are well worth the price because implants are the only treatment that prevent jawbone recession. They also permanently secure dentures, eliminating the risk of slippage.
Tooth Loss Is Common And So Are Dentures
According to the American College of Prosthodontists, 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. 36 million of these Americans have no teeth at all. Both numbers are expected to continue growing for years to come. A full 90% of those suffering from a lack of natural teeth have dentures.
If You Need Dentures, Act Now
The longer you go without your natural teeth, the more your upper and lower jaw will recede. Though dental implants are the only treatment option that can halt and prevent jawbone recession, removable dentures still provide important support for your face and mouth.
Waiting to receive your dentures makes it harder to properly fit them, which can affect comfort and function. While our expert dentists can often work around even the most complex issues, acting now will make receiving dentures easier on you and your mouth.
Work With Our Stellar Dentists
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Our dentists are deeply trusted by the residents of Laurel thanks to their extensive experience and immense skill. Dr. Harris has earned a sterling reputation among his fellow dentists. He has served as President of both the Laurel Area Dental Society and Mississippi District III. Dr. Culpepper has received highly advanced dental training that allows him to provide a level of care unavailable at many other practices.
Whenever applicable, our dentists rely on cutting-edge technology to augment their finely honed dental expertise. They also provide three tiers of sedation dentistry to make sure our patients remain relaxed and pain-free throughout each treatment. Whether you are receiving partial dentures to replace a couple of teeth or implant-supported complete dentures for your entire mouth, you can rely on our Laurel team to provide quality care. All you have to do is reach out to get started.
Laurel, MS, Loves Our Dental Team
"This office treats you like family. I’ve never had a bad experience and when I walk in for an appointment, it’s the best environment. Everyone asks about families and friends ... it’s like a reunion each time!" Monica McDonald
How We Make Dentistry Affordable
Dental insurance provides coverage for partial and complete dentures, both removable and implant-supported. Unfortunately, dental insurance will not cover the actual placement of dental implants.
Because our dentists know how necessary it is to address tooth loss, they have made a commitment to help our Mississippi patients with any out-of-pocket costs. We accept CareCredit®, a third-party financing option that allows you to make dental payments in convenient monthly installments with little or no interest.
Our Dentures Are Made Quickly
Drs. Harris and Culpepper draw upon their decades of experience to design lifelike, form-fitting dentures. They work with a trusted lab that fabricates fully customized dentures in just two to four weeks.
What to Expect From Dentures
Receiving dentures can dramatically improve many areas of your life. While some improvements are immediate, you should expect to take a little time adjusting to your dentures. Our dentists will provide you with experience-backed advice to help you transition into speaking and eating comfortably with your new restorations. Patients who opt for implant-supported dentures will not have to worry about any adjustment period.
Dentures give patients a fresh start on maintaining a beautiful and healthy smile. You can treat your new dentures just like your natural teeth. This means brush them twice a day, floss at least once daily, and maintain a regular appointment schedule with our dentists in Laurel. Removable dentures should be soaked in warm water overnight. Implant-supported dentures only need to be removed for examination at biannual checkups with our dentists.
We Can Repair Minor Denture Issues
Our dentists are truly committed to our Mississippi patients. We want you to get the most out of your dental investment, so we offer denture repair services for minor damage right at our Laurel office. If you need more extensive repairs, we'll gladly help you coordinate the process with a trusted dental lab.
More Great Reviews From Laurel, MS
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