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October 23, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

How dentures from your Baton Rouge, Louisiana dentist can improve your appearancedentures

If you have been wearing a denture for a long time, you may have noticed it doesn’t fit as well as it used to. If you are living with an incomplete smile due to lost teeth, you may be embarrassed to smile. It’s time for you to discover what the right denture can do for your appearance, your chewing ability, and your life! Dr. C. Farrell Fruge’ Jr. at Fruge’ Family Dentistry in Baton Rouge, Louisiana wants to help you explore how dentures can help you.

Dentures have many advantages. These are just a few of the benefits you will enjoy:

  • Better chewing ability because you will have more tooth surface to compact the food; this helps your digestion and your overall health.
  • Improved self-esteem and self-confidence because you will want to smile again and engage in social interactions; you won’t be embarrassed by your smile.

Dr. Fruge’ can help you find the right denture for you and you can choose from:

  • Full Dentures if you want to replace an entire arch of teeth. Full dentures can be either placed immediately or after your tissue has healed:
  • Immediate dentures are placed immediately after tooth extraction so you don’t have to go without teeth. A conventional denture is made after your tissue has healed.
  • Conventional dentures are made after your tissue has healed. The advantage of waiting until after healing is that you won’t have to get used to wearing two different dentures.
  • Overdentures are full dentures which are placed over dental implants or existing tooth roots. The advantage of an overdenture is that it will help you preserve the bone in your jaw, maintaining your facial contours.
  • Removable partial dentures if you want to replace several teeth but not an entire arch of teeth:
  • Conventional partial dentures are made after your tissue has healed. These are a permanent solution to replace lost teeth.
  • Transitional partial dentures are an interim solution if you are planning on dental implants at some point. Transitional partial dentures are designed to be a temporary solution and are less durable than conventional partials.

If you want to achieve a great smile and better chewing function, the right denture can help. To get started on your new smile call Dr. C. Farrell Fruge’ Jr. at Fruge’ Family Dentistry in Baton Rouge, Louisiana today!

August 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

A dental crown may be all you need to restore your smile and protect your tooth from crowns


Having a damaged tooth can certainly put a damper on your oral health; fortunately, this is an easy fix. In fact, if you are dealing with a tooth that is too damaged for a dental filling to support it then our Baton Rouge dentist Dr. C. Farrell Frugé, Jr. has the restoration that will do the trick: a dental crown.

A dental crown, also called a “cap”, is made to look just like the crown of a tooth. This hollow restoration is custom made to fit over the crown of a tooth to improve its look while also providing a strong outer layer to protect the tooth from further damage. Since crowns are designed to instill strength and resilience back into the tooth, it’s a great option for someone who has a tooth that has become cracked, chipped, fractured or weakened by decay or an infection.

In most cases, a dental crown is placed over a tooth after root canal therapy, in which an infected dental pulp needs to be removed from the inside of the tooth. Crowns are an easy and non-invasive way to preserve as much of your natural tooth as possible. Saving a natural tooth is always preferable to extracting and replacing the tooth.

Of course, a dental crown can also be used for cosmetic enhancement purposes, too. If you have a tooth that is severely malformed, misshapen, worn or discolored, our Baton Rouge cosmetic dentist may recommend covering the tooth with a dental crown in order to greatly improve the tooth’s shape or color.

Dental crowns are amazingly versatile. Not only can they protect a tooth from damage and enhance its appearance but they can also be placed over teeth to support a dental bridge (to replace missing teeth) or placed over a dental implant to replace a single missing tooth.

Do you have questions about getting dental crowns? Need to find out if this is the right restoration for you? If so, call Frugé Family Dentist in Baton Rouge, LA, today to schedule your consultation.

June 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

It's easy to see when someone has had a cavity filled with metal amalgam material. It's silvery in color and very noticeable when they fillingslaugh or talk. If your dentist identifies a cavity, you can restore teeth that are affected by cavities with cosmetic fillings, a restorative treatment offered by Dr. C. Farrell Fruge’ Jr. at Fruge Family Dentistry in Baton Rouge, LA.

Cosmetic Fillings
Better known as a composite or tooth-colored filling, cosmetic fillings are a more favorable choice if you're concerned with the appearance of your teeth. Cosmetic filling material is commonly made of composite resin or porcelain, which can be shaded to match your tooth. 

Benefits of this Dental Solution
The clear benefit of choosing cosmetic fillings is that you won't have to try to hide the back molars of your teeth when you laugh or speak to friends. Another benefit is that composite material is similar in durability to amalgam. Your fillings will protect your teeth for years—even longer if you brush, floss and see your Baton Rouge, LA dentist for regularly scheduled checkups.

An Alternative to Metal Fillings
Cosmetic fillings are considered a viable alternative to metal fillings. They give you a more natural looking smile that you’ll be comfortable with over the years. The dentist normally doesn’t have to remove as much enamel from the tooth structure to fill a cavity when using composite material. Also, some cosmetic fillings are made of porcelain, which gives you the best match in terms of appearance.

Talk to a Dentist About this Treatment
After a short exam and consultation, your dentist can tell you if you need a cavity filled and discuss the benefits of cosmetic fillings with you in more detail. Call (225) 292-9700 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. C. Farrell Fruge', Jr. at his practice in Baton Rouge, LA.

April 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

How your dentist in Baton Rouge can enhance your smilecosmetic dentistry

The right dental procedure can change your smile from ordinary to dazzling. Dr. C. Farrell Fruge’ Jr. at Fruge’ Family Dentistry in Baton Rouge, LA, wants to share a few dental services you may want to consider to improve your smile.

Dental crowns are the treatment-of-choice for teeth that have been badly damaged, severely decayed or broken. Teeth with minimal tooth structure remaining can be transformed into a fully functional, beautiful part of your smile. There are several materials used for dental crowns including:

  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal, which is both durable and natural-looking
  • Full porcelain, which is the most aesthetically beautiful crown

A professional teeth whitening treatment is the perfect solution to renew and rejuvenate an aging, dull, yellowing smile, or if you have significant staining from smoking or drinking coffee. The highly effective in-office treatment takes about an hour and can whiten your smile up to 8 shades whiter.

Porcelain veneers are an excellent choice if you want a dramatic improvement to your smile. Veneers are thin shells of porcelain which are cemented to the front surfaces of your teeth. Veneers can hide these unsightly problems:

  • Excessive wear, chips or cracks
  • Damage, breakage and other signs of trauma
  • Slightly overlapped or spaced apart teeth
  • Discolorations, stains or enamel defects

These are just a sample of the many dental services you may want to consider at Fruge’ Family Dentistry. For a complete list of available treatments, please visit the services page on the website at

You deserve a great smile, so it’s time to discover dental services to give you a smile you can be proud of. It’s time to call Dr. Fruge’ at Fruge’ Family Dentistry in Baton Rouge, LA. Call today to get started!

January 25, 2017
Category: Dentistry
Tags: gum disease  

Many people will experience minor gum bleeding or tooth sensitivity. However, consistent instances should never be ignored as they gum diseasecan be early signs of gum disease, gingivitis. If left untreated it can advance to periodontal disease, which can cause tooth loss in patients. Dr. C. Farrell Fruge', Jr., your Baton Rouge, LA, dentist at Fruge Family Dentistry, can thoroughly examine each patient to determine whether or not they are experiencing gum disease symptoms. Taking preventative steps to manage symptoms before they progress is the best approach to gum disease prevention.

Early Signs of Gum Disease

Similar to bacteria left in the mouth that can lead to cavities or tooth decay, gum disease can cause inflammation and/or infection. If left untreated, this can lead to bone recession or tooth loss. Oral bacteria and inflammation also has been proven to increase a patient’s risk of serious health problems such as stroke, heart disease or heart attack and diabetes.

Some of the most common gum disease symptoms that a dentist can monitor include:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Tender or swelling in gums
  • Redness
  • Bad breath
  • Gum recession
  • Loose teeth
  • Pus/discharge between the gums

Gum Disease Treatment and Prevention in Baton Rouge

It’s important to schedule an appointment with a professional dentist such as if you are experiencing any or all of these early signs of gum disease. A regular oral hygiene routine with daily brushing and flossing can help prevent these issues. Also, limiting the consumption of sugar and avoiding tobacco can also improve both teeth and gum health.

At Fruge Family Dentistry, they are experienced in treating and preventing gum disease in patients of all ages. Regular dental examinations and cleanings every six months also help to clear away plaque and bacteria that can cause this dangerous disease. To schedule an appointment today with your Baton Rouge, LA, dentist, Dr. Fruge', call (225) 292-9700.

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