Restoring Your Confidence With Lumineers, the Cerinate Veneers

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Dental veneers are used as a form of cosmetic dentistry to correct tooth enamel that is worn, discolored, chipped or cracked, or uneven tooth spacing. While creating beautiful, bright smiles, they also protect the surface of the already damaged teeth which may eliminate the need for further treatments.

Veneers are made with different materials, including composite resin and porcelain. Porcelain Veneers has been known to be used for the more serious cases of damaged teeth. Lumineers  is one type of veneers used today. It is made from a patented Cerinate porcelain and has been proven to last up to 16-20 years. The dentist here at South Rivage Dental is a certified Lumineers dentist in Metairie and they have the ability to give anyone that beautiful smile.

Lumineers  can be made as thin as a contact lens and are very safe for sensitive patients since there is no drilling and no removal of the tooth structure - there is no pain involved!!

So, come on in and schedule a consultation with the South Rivage Dental dentists today, and let us show you how we can improve your smile with Lumineers, the Cerinate Veneers.


Going To The Dentist While Pregnant

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There are many people who believe that all dental procedures should be avoided during pregnancy. This is, in fact,  a dental myth. Not only is it not true, but, it is recommended that during pregnancy, preventative dental and regular exams not be put off.

It was very important for pregnant women to take care of their dental health during pregnancy. As a result of the hormonal changes taking place in a woman during this time, there is an increased risk for developing gum disease, which has been been known to affect the health of the developing baby. Ideally, it would be in a woman’s best interest to visit her dentist and have her gum tissue carefully examined, and have any oral health problems treated before pregnancy. However dental care during pregnancy is not forbidden.

It is recommended that any necessary dental procedures during pregnancy be avoided during the first trimester and the second half of the third trimester. These periods are critical times in the development of the baby’s growth and development. However, routine dental care is encouraged during the second trimester. Dental exams should not be skipped during pregnancy. During this time, more than ever, it will be very important to ensure that your have good dental health, especially your gums. Dental work such as fillings and crowns should be treated to reduce the chance of infection. Elective dental procedures, like teeth whitening and other cosmetic procedures,  should be postponed until after the pregnancy. Also, dental x-rays during pregnancy should be avoided, unless it is a dental emergency.


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Injuries to the mouth and face are the number-one sports trauma, and a dental injury is not only painful and costly; it's also permanent. Fortunately, many mouth injuries can be prevented by wearing an athletic mouth protector—also called a mouthguard. 

A mouthguard is a soft plastic appliance that fits over the teeth. When a properly designed mouthguard is worn, the lips, cheek, tongue and jaws are protected, as well as the teeth. The American Dental Association estimates that mouthguards prevent 200,000 injuries each year in high-school and college sports alone. 

Most people are aware that sports mouthguards are mandatory for participation in high-contact sports such as football, boxing and hockey. But what many people don't realize is that the majority of mouth injuries occur in children between the ages of 7 and 14, often while participating in commonplace activities like skateboarding, rollerblading or bike riding! Mouthguards should be worn during all activities where there is a risk of falling or head contact, either with another player or a piece of equipment. The Academy for Sports Dentistry has identified 35 activities and sports in which mouthguards should be worn to prevent orofacial injury, including baseball, soccer, basketball, martial arts, skiing, volleyball and gymnastics.

The most common mouth injuries are broken or lost teeth, but a blow to the mouth or jaw can also cause: 

jaw fractures

concussions and cerebral hemorrhage

head and neck injuries

problems with the jaw joint

jaw dislocations


Choosing a mouthguard

There are three types of mouthguards available: 

 - ready-made stock mouthguards

 - boil-and-bite mouthguards

 - custom-mademouthguards

Stock mouthguards are used right off the shelf. No modifications are made to enhance or customize the fit, so they offer very little, if any, protection. They also tend to feel loose, bulky and uncomfortable, and interfere with breathing and speaking, so it's likely they'll just be left in the gym bag. 

Boil-and-bite mouthguards fit somewhat better, because after they are purchased, their fit is enhanced somewhat by softening them in boiling water, then shaping them around teeth and allowing them to harden. However, this type of mouthguard also hampers speech and breathing, because the fit is not optimal. Furthermore, they aren't thick enough to provide adequate protection, and they become brittle after awhile so they need to be replaced relatively frequently.

Custom-made mouthguards are by far the best choice. For about the cost of a good pair of athletic shoes, custom mouthguards offer: 

 - sufficient thickness in critical areas, so protection is maximized

 - the best possible fit and retention

 - greater durability, which means less frequent replacement

Custom mouthguards are created specifically for you by professional technicians, using a material that is resilient, odorless and tasteless. To fabricate a custom-made mouthguard, on the first appointment, impressions of your teeth are made. From these impressions, models of your teeth are created. The mouthguard is fabricated on these models to ensure that the fit is precise. Then, on your next appointment, your mouthguard is tried in and adjusted as necessary to make sure protection and comfort are optimized.

While any mouthguard is better than none at all, a custom mouthguard is far more comfortable, so it's less likely to be left lying in the locker or the gym bag. They are also much more effective in preventing injuries, since they conform precisely to an individual's teeth. A custom mouthguard costs a bit more than off-the-shelf varieties, but their precise fit, comfort and excellent quality make them well worth the additional cost.


Keeping Gums Healthy By Eating Healthy

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We have always been told about the importance of brushing and flossing in the promotion of healthy gums, and also that we should try to stay away from all the sugary foods that contribute to tooth decay. However, not too often are we told about that foods that are good for our teeth and gums!

There are a lot of food that are rich in the vitamins that are very essential for the growth of healthy bones and teeth:

Foods rich in Vitamin A:
Vitamin A is necessary for the maintenance of the the normal structure of the tissues found in the oral cavity. These tissues serve as protective barriers against the microorganisms that cause diseases. Vitamin A , can be found in eggs, liver, salmon, cheese and beef. We can also get Vitamin A from orange-colored vegetables, like carrots and pumpkins, and dark leafy vegetables, like spinach.

Foods rich in Vitamin C: 
Vitamin C helps prevent tissue damage and is vital in the promotion of healthier gums by preventing the gums from breaking down. Vitamin C can be found in all kinds of fresh fruits including citrus fruits, strawberries, apples and mangoes. It can also be found in onions, broccoli and radishes.

Foods rich in Vitamin D: 
Vitamin D is essential in preventing the inflammation of gums which can lead to bleeding gums, and eventually periodontal disease. While plenty of sunlight aids in the body's production of Vitamin D, you can get additional Vitamin D from fortified milk, salmon and sardines.

For more in formation on how eating healthy can benefit your oral health, call the office of your Metairie Dentists today. Here at South Rivage Dental we are committed to providing the best in dental care ans patient education about their dental health.


CareCredit - Helping You get The Smile Of Your Dreams

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The biggest hindrance to many people getting the dental care they need is the financial obligation involved. Many  do not have insurance to cover most dental procedures and are faced with out of pocket expenses that are just too much for them. 


CareCredit may be the answer to their problems. It is a personal line of credit to be used solely for healthcare services. CareCredit various monthly plans where the user will have a certain length of time to pay for their procedure. instead of having to come up with the full payment at the time of treatment. 

However, CareCredit is not for everyone. It is a credit card, and is approval is based on past credit history from the  applicant(s). Many doctors offer CareCredit to their patients because they want to continue to offer the best care necessary. South Rivage Dental offers CareCredit as one of their finance options as they are very sensitive to the fact that in today's changing economy, many people have different financial obligations and being unable to pay for treatment in full will deter many from getting the necessary care required.

Come in or call us to discuss all financial options which may be available to you!!!!


South Rivage Dental

David Davenport, DDS

Chase Martin DDS


730 Veterans Blvd Suite B

Metairie, LA 70005

Phone: (504) 708-5095


Whoopi Speaks on Periodontal Disease

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