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Welcome to Nelson Dental Care!

The Smile Studio is now Nelson Dental Care! Dr. Harry Batt has personally chosen Metairie dentist, Dr. James R. Nelson, to take over because he knows he’ll be leaving his nearby patients in the most capable and caring hands. Dr. Nelson’s goal is to keep everything you love about this dental office and continue to add great things to it. From tooth extractions to dental implants, he looks forward to helping you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.

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& Honest

We’ll only recommend the treatments that you absolutely need, and the final decision will always be yours.

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Friendly Care

We provide world-class dental care in a warm and welcoming environment perfect for the whole family!

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on Comfort

We’ll go the extra mile to make sure that you always have a relaxing and stress-free dental experience.

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We’re just north of I-10 near East Jefferson General Hospital. With us, you won’t have to go far to take care of your teeth!

Trusted Dentist Passionate About the Best Patient Care

Nelson Dental Care has a 100% laser focus on what matters most - the patients it serves. Everything we do has our patients' experiences in mind. From our comprehensive treatments (including preventive, cosmetic, and emergency dentistry), to the friendly smile you receive when you walk in the door, your care and comfort are what drives us. We truly believe that our office in your area offers a five star experience from start to finish.

Meet Dr. Nelson

Metairie dentist, James R. Nelson, DDS
James R. Nelson, DDS

What Others Are Saying

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Kasey S., Metairie, LA

Nelson Dental Care is the best place to brighten your smile! The environment is comforting and the staff is attentive and inviting. Dr. Nelson is extremely talented, professional, and thorough. You can tell he loves what he does and you won't be just another patient. Along with his team, they will make your dental experience great!

Kelly B., Metairie, LA

Excellent first experience at Nelson Dental Care today. Dr. Nelson and everyone I had contact with on his staff -Jordan, Ashley and Casey were all wonderful. Definitely going to continue my dental care there. Thanks Dr. Nelson!

Ashley B. Metairie

I honestly was nervous seeing a new dentist after seeing the same one for 20yrs. Dr Nelson took great care of me and it's nice to see familiar faces around the office! Ashley and Casey are rock stars that make me feel so at ease when coming in for an appointment

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-Our Featured Dental Services-

Preventive Dentistry

Family Dentistry

Have a child who is ready for their first dental appointment? Does one of your parents need their dental work updated? Think that you might have a cavity? In any case, we’d be happy to see all of you! At Nelson Dental Care, our goal is to be the “one-stop-shop” for Metairie families so that they always know where they can go for world-class dental care nearby. Thanks to our comprehensive dental care services, we can ensure that you and your entire family will have healthy and beautiful smiles for years to come!

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Restorative Dentistry

Dentistry Regain a Confident Smile

Do you have a broken or decayed tooth that has been bothering you lately? Does it make you less likely to smile? If so, Nelson Dental Care has just the solution you need. With our restorative dentistry services, we can repair your tooth in as little as one or two visits and make it look as good as new. Thanks to our skill and meticulous nature, your new tooth won’t just be strong and durable, but it will also blend seamlessly with the rest of your smile.

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Radiant Cosmetic
Dentistry Get the Smile You Always Wanted

Do you ever feel like your smile is holding you back? Would you feel more confident if your teeth were a bit whiter and straighter, or if you could get rid of those gaps? At Nelson Dental Care, we help people get the smile of their dreams every day with cosmetic dentistry services. With just one or two simple treatments, we can completely eliminate a wide array of cosmetic flaws so that when it comes to your smile, you can always trust that it’ll make the right first impression.

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Root Canals & Emergencies

Injured Tooth?
In Pain? We Accept Dental Emergencies

If you or a loved one suddenly suffers an injury to the teeth, don’t worry, Nelson Dental Care has you covered! When you contact us with an emergency, we’ll make an appointment to see you as soon as possible (even the same day!), and we’ll do everything we can to relieve your pain and save your smile. When you really need dental care FAST, you can always trust us to be there!

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Invisalign® Clear Braces

Clear Braces Discreetly Straighten Teeth

Need to straighten your teeth but don’t want to deal with the hassle and appearance of metal braces? With Invisalign, you don’t have to! This clear aligner system is almost invisible to the naked eye, meaning that the only thing people will see is your newly straightened smile! This treatment is perfect for adults who want to maintain their professional image at work or self-conscious teenagers who simply want to look their best at school.

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Sedation Dentistry

Calming Sedation
Dentistry Enjoy Stress-Free Care

Does even the thought of going to the dentist make you feel nervous? If so, don’t worry, you are far from alone! We treat nervous patients in your area every day, and we always go the extra mile to make sure they are perfectly calm and comfortable during their visit. For our most anxious patients, we can offer safe and gentle sedation dentistry. These techniques won’t just protect you from discomfort, they’ll also help calm your worried mind so that you can finally take the stress out of your dental care.

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Dental Insurance Maximized CareCredit Financing Available

If you have dental insurance, we will accept it, and we will always work to get the most out of your benefits. Also, if it would help to break up the cost of your care into smaller monthly payments for a treatment that isn’t typically covered, like veneers, we can help you get low to no interest financing with CareCredit. (We have membership plans and periodic special offers too!).

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We Love Our Metairie Community & Giving Back

At Nelson Dental Care, we are truly committed to helping people whether they are in our office or not. This is why we frequently donate our time to a variety of organizations that have causes near and dear to our hearts. We regularly participate in Special Smiles for the Special Olympics and Habitat for Humanity, and we also donate free dental services to those in need. Nothing makes us feel better than seeing a smile on someone’s face because we’ve helped them.

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Smiles For Life
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We will be participating in Smiles for Life this year. As part of the campaign, we are offering discounted teeth whitening services and donating 100% of the proceeds to children's charities. 50% of the donations will go to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Louisiana, which is our local charity partner, and 50% will go to the Smiles for Life Foundation, which benefits children around the globe.

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Finding Our Metairie Dental Office
We Hope to Welcome You in Soon!

Dr. Nelson and our team are honored that you’re considering visiting us! When it comes time for your appointment, you’ll find us at 3939 Houma Blvd # 11 in Metairie, LA. We’re not far from East Jefferson General Hospital, as well as Colonial Oaks Living Center, Luxury Beauty Clinic, and Accelerated Dental Assisting Academy. From biannual checkups to discreet Invisalign and smile-rebuilding implant dentures, we look forwarding to helping you smile.

Frequently Asked Questions, Answered!

Our practice gladly welcomes all new and prospective patients. We understand you only want the best for your smile and may have several questions about the services we provide. At Nelson Dental Care, we want you to feel comfortable reaching out to our team of experts to inquire about our office and amenities. If you don’t have time to call and chat for a few minutes, you can review our list of frequently asked questions below. Hopefully, these answers provide you with the clarification and insight you need for yourself and your family.

How Do I Find the Best Place to Get Dental Work Done?

To get the answer to this question, you have to figure out what you’re looking for. It will help to ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you want to visit a practice located closer to your home or work?
  • Are you looking for an in-network provider?
  • Do you want a professional who offers comprehensive services for the entire family?

Once you know what you want from a dental practice, you can narrow down an office that will provide you with the best care for your smile. At Nelson Dental Care, we are pleased to care for patients of all ages and offer affordable dentistry for any budget. Make sure you read up on patient reviews and staff bios to ensure the practice is right for you.

How Do I Get Emergency Dental Care?

Don’t panic – there are ways to address dental emergencies at home. First things first, you should call our office and explain your symptoms. An experienced team member will provide instructions to help you manage your situation at home. If needed, we can pencil you in that very same day to get your smile back on the right track. Should you face continuous bleeding from the mouth, a fractured jaw, or increased swelling, be sure to contact 911 and get to your local emergency room as soon as possible.

What to Do If You Can’t Afford a Dentist?

Even if you think you can’t afford a dentist, you should still make an appointment with our office right away. Otherwise, failing to get the care you need can lead to more serious and problematic issues. You may eventually require more timely and costly procedures.

If you have dental insurance, we can review your policy to help reduce your out-of-pocket expenses. Patients without insurance can take advantage of flexible financing and our in-house membership plan. With these additional payment options, you can get the care you need while staying within your budget.

What Level of Education is Required to Be a Dentist?

Dental professionals must earn a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) or a Doctor of Dental Sciences (DDS) from an accredited dental school. Anyone who wants to pursue a career in dentistry must obtain a bachelor's degree before applying to dental school. Students who enroll in an accredited dental school can expect the program to last at least three years and undergo both classroom and hands-on training. All dentists must complete continuing education hours each year to keep their licenses.

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