What Happens When a Tooth Filling Fails?

When you have a cavity, it’s natural to wonder what might happen if you don’t treat it soon. After treating it, though, you should be able to continue about your daily routine without worrying about it anymore (beyond protecting it with good hygiene practices). However, some patients still have trouble due to a failure of their fillings to fully restore and protect their teeth. This can occur for a number of reasons, from inadequate filling materials to improper care, and more. At our Lafayette, LA, dental office, we utilize advanced, lifelike composite resin to place tooth-colored fillings that are more biocompatible and less likely to fail than many traditional ones. (more…)

A Snore Away from a Sleep Disorder

Of all the things you might consider unhealthy habits, snoring isn’t typically one of them. Loud, annoying, and possibly a deal-breaker in some relationships, but most people who snore occasionally don’t rank it as a health risk. For many, however, chronic snoring can have cumulative effects on different aspects of their health, wellbeing, and overall quality of life. When it’s severe enough, it can even be just one of several warning signs of a sleep disorder, like sleep apnea. At our Lafayette, LA, dental office, we’ve helped many patients overcome snoring and address their chronic sleep apnea with the help of custom-designed sleep appliances. (more…)

Bringing the Lafayette Community Together in January

The Lafayette community isn’t just about fun, but also building each other up and helping those who need it in any way possible. This January, those goals are at the forefront of several different initiatives, each of which is designed to help bring everyone in the community together for the greater good. From blood drives to help people with rare blood disorders to helping the homeless and those who need assistance with their social security benefits, you’ll find a charitable cause to volunteer for no matter what your passion is! (more…)

How Do Dental Implants Compare to Other Prostheses?

You shouldn’t ignore any concern with your smile’s health and wellbeing, but when it comes to tooth loss, hesitating to act could lead to a complex series of problems. For instance, a missing tooth not only affects your smile’s appearance, but it also changes how well your bite works and can impact the alignment of your remaining teeth. Without the root of the tooth in place, your jawbone can also suffer from a lack of stimulation when you bite and chew. The point of replacing your lost tooth as soon as possible is to reduce or eliminate your risks of such issues, and for patients at our Lafayette, LA, dental office, implants can often achieve that goal best. (more…)

Think You Know Teeth-Whitening? Find Out if You’re Right

There are many different reasons why teeth-whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments today. For example, it’s one of the least invasive of all procedures, involving little more than applying professional bleaching gel to the surfaces of your teeth. It’s also highly effective, allowing you to quickly and effectively erase noticeable teeth stains and restore your smile’s youthful appearance. However, many patients who visit our Lafayette, LA, dental office don’t fully realize the benefits that teeth-whitening can provide, or the importance of choosing professional treatment over one-size-fits-all products from the store. (more…)

Is There a Treatment for Teeth-Grinding?

These days, you have a treatment option for any condition that could affect your oral health. The thing about excessive teeth-grinding, though, is that not everyone who experiences it realizes that it’s a problem. Bruxism, the clinical name for chronic teeth-grinding, isn’t always obvious. While you may catch yourself grinding your teeth throughout the day once in a while, many patients who experience bruxism will grind their teeth most often at night. At our Lafayette, LA, dental office, we can help you determine if you do suffer from bruxism and how best to treat your teeth-grinding problem. (more…)

A Few Fun Events in Lafayette this Month!

January is a special month for many reasons. Not only is it the start of the year, but there’s a plethora of things to do to help get the family excited about starting the year off right! From free, fun educational activities and community pet care services to a gumbo cookoff for food lovers of all ages, Lafayette offers something for everyone to kickstart their year with a little fun and self-improvement.   (more…)

Why Clear Aligners Could Be Better than You Think

People who have to straighten their teeth have a lot to ponder. If they’ve never worn braces, then they may worry about what having them could mean for their daily lives. If they have, then they may be dismayed about the fact that they have to wear them again. Fortunately, we offer patients an often better solution at our Lafayette, LA, dental office. With the help of clear aligners, you can straighten your smile without hesitation, and without having to worry about the common inconveniences that may come with traditional braces. (more…)

I Want To Reach My Smile Goals

I Want To Reach My Smile GoalsThe start of the new year is a popular time for people to reflect on their goals. When it comes to your smile, you may have goals having to do with the way it looks. You may also have goals of getting your smile in good health. Whatever your specific wants are, your dentist can help you achieve them. Your dentist can also help you determine what is best for your smile’s needs as well. Our office in Lafayette, LA is currently hosting some fantastic patient specials that may align perfectly with your smile goals. (more…)

Different Types Of Dental Crowns

Different Types Of Dental CrownsA dental crown is sort of like a permanent helmet for a vulnerable tooth. It can be placed on your tooth to last for a very long time. A dental crown can offer protection for a tooth that may have been severely decayed or damaged. A crown is often placed after a root canal treatment. There are different reasons for restoring a tooth with a crown, but did you know that there are also different types of dental crowns? Crowns can be made out of different materials; the material used will depend on several factors. Factors such as placement in the smile and cosmetic goals can all play into the type of crown chosen to restore a tooth. Your dental team in Lafayette, LA can help you understand a crown’s role in your smile in order for you to choose the best type of crown for you.  (more…)