Your Lafayette Dentist Explains Gum Contouring

shutterstock_103838846We all know about the basics of dental care: brushing and flossing, exams and cleanings, even dental fillings and teeth whitening. But what about laser dentistry and gum contouring? These dental care services aren’t things from a futuristic sci-fi movie, they’re beneficial health care procedures that can transform the health and appearance of your smile. Today, Lafayette dentist Dr. Michael Young wants to discuss gum contouring and laser dentistry.

What is gum contouring?

The art of gum contouring is just how it sounds: altering the shape of the gum tissue. Gum contouring is performed for several reasons, including:

  • to lengthen the surface area of a tooth prior to placing a dental crown or other restoration (crown lengthening)
  • to correct uneven gum tissue across several teeth to give the teeth and gums a more uniform appearance
  • to reduce gum tissue to make teeth appear larger
  • to correct areas of gum tissue following treatment for periodontal disease (more…)

Can Changing Your Shopping Habits Help Prevent Cavities?

Mom and daughter making healthy food choicesIf you grew up like most Americans, your parents probably warned you that eating too much sugar would “rot your teeth.” As a concerned parent, you’ve probably found yourself admonishing your own children to limit their sugar intake or run the risk of developing cavities. Unfortunately, reducing the amount of what scientists call “free sugars” (sugar, honey, fruit concentrates, and other sweeteners that are added to processed foods) can be difficult in today’s culinary environment. Current research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the bulk of Americans’ free sugar intake comes from foods and drinks consumed in the home. Clearly, the choices you make at the grocery store can have a huge impact on your family’s oral and general health. In today’s blog, Lafayette LA family dentist, Dr. Michael J. Young, provides the tools you need to make informed shopping choices and improve the long term health of your family’s smiles. (more…)

Cosmetic Dentist Shares Important Information about Teeth Whitening

smiling woman lafayetteAre you considering teeth whitening treatment so that you can finally get the luminescent smile you have always wanted? If so, there are several things that you should know before you decide on a treatment. An experienced cosmetic dentist, your Lafayette LA dentist, Dr. Michael Young, has helped many patients get the results they want from teeth whitening treatment. He is now sharing some helpful information with you so that your smile transformation can end up how you have always imagined. (more…)

Learn About Invisalign Clear Braces

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Do you cover your mouth when you laugh? Do you try to avoid appearing in photos? For many people, uneven teeth can be an embarrassing ordeal. While many people desire a more esthetically pleasing smile, but fear wearing metal braces will hurt their professional appearance. Fortunately, we offer a clear and comfortable alternative to metal orthodontics. Your Lafayette LA dentist, Dr. Michael J. Young, offers practically invisible smile correction with Invisalign clear braces.

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Replace Failing Teeth with Natural-Looking Dentures

separated set of teethDon’t let missing teeth ruin your holiday season by not allowing you to eat some of your favorite foods! Consider dentures. Dentures are false teeth that replace teeth you have lost. Over the years, there have been major advancements in the look and fit of dentures. Today, dentures are custom-made for each individual, and mimic natural teeth. Dr. Michael Young in Lafayette, LA has a goal to provide you with the most technologically advanced dentures possible. You don’t have to live with missing or decaying teeth. Dr. Young can help you regain your smile. (more…)

Lafayette Dentist Gives the Dish on Dentures

Older Couple OutdoorsLafayette dentist, Dr. Michael J. Young, has restored the smiles of many a patient dealing with missing teeth. There’s no doubt that losing a permanent tooth is upsetting, and can really change both the way you look and the way you are perceived. If you have missing teeth, but you’re not sure the best way to replace them, you are wise to do plenty of research. Each method has their pros and cons, and every person has varying needs. For some, tried-and-true dentures may be the best possible solution.

Dentures Have their Place

You may have known about dentures your entire life. Many of our grandparents or older relatives had the need for bridges or dentures because dental care wasn’t as good when they were growing up. Dentures are custom-made (more…)

Lafayette Dentist Talks about Dental Bridges

Smiling Middle AgedOur family and cosmetic dental office provides multiple tooth replacement options. Losing teeth can have cosmetic and functional repercussions. Furthermore, the whole situation can be simply embarrassing. Addressing tooth loss in an expedient manner is important if you want to avoid issues like other teeth drifting out of place, or jawbone density issues. Your Lafayette dentist, Dr. Michael Young, would like to highlight a particular tooth replacement method: dental bridges.

The Design of Dental Bridges

Dental bridges were designed to mimic structural bridges. The dental apparatus relies on two end points that hold up the foundation of your bridgework. Between the two abutment teeth will be the same number of porcelain crowns as the number of teeth that are missing. Dental crowns are designed to look and act just like (more…)

Lafayette Cosmetic Dentist Makes Over Smiles with Porcelain Veneers

Smiling Girl Next DoorVeneers were once only suitable for Hollywood make-up artists to use on actors. Picture someone playing a historical figure, for example. Dental veneers had the ability to change a movie star’s entire look. Unfortunately, it was the adhesive that posed a problem, making veneers temporary. Luckily, innovation has made veneers a viable cosmetic solution for the average Joe or Josephine. With extensive experience in general and cosmetic oral health care, your Lafayette cosmetic dentist, Dr. Michael Young, has made over many happy smiles through the use of porcelain dental veneers.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are one of the most versatile ways to perfect a smile that you aren’t completely happy with. Tough stains that don’t respond to whitening, deep cracks and chips, jagged edges, wide gaps, over-crowding – many of these issues can be dealt with through this one simple procedure. Porcelain veneers utilize extremely thin wafers of porcelain which are placed on your teeth, adhered by a very strong bonding agent. Once stuck tightly, your veneers can be shaped and shined to give the appearance of natural teeth while perfecting issues with your smile. (more…)

Learn About Teeth with Your Lafayette Dentist

closeup model of teethLafayette Dentists Explains Teeth’s Defenses

Given the wide range of dental hygiene products, dental restoration techniques, and prevalence of dental diseases, you might think that human were teeth were utterly defenseless against the afflictions that plague them. If so, then you might also be surprised to learn that your teeth are actually protected by the strongest substance your body produces. With proper care and maintenance, tooth enamel is a highly effective barrier against bacteria that seek to infect healthy teeth. Unfortunately, proper care and maintenance are not guaranteed, and inadequate dental hygiene often leads to compromised tooth enamel, followed closely by tooth decay. With a little help from your Lafayette dentist, Dr. Michael J. Young, you can fortify your teeth’s natural defenses and significantly reduce your risk of developing a tooth infection. (more…)

Are Dental X-rays Safe? Lafayette Dentist Answers

x-raysDuring one of your bi-annual dental appointments, a dental assistant will capture dental x-rays. Should you be worried about radiation exposure? While the amount of radiation required for a traditional dental x-ray is miniscule, now it’s even less. At Dr. Young’s Lafayette dental office, you’ll be exposed to 80% less radiation that that miniscule amount referred to previously. Why? Because we use digital x-rays, which are safer for patients and staff, eco-friendly, easy to store and transfer, and extremely precise.

What Makes Digital X-rays Great?

  • Digital dental records. In the past, almost any dental practice was teeming with folders filled with patient records. With the move to digitization, dentists can upload digital x-rays directly into an electronic file. Should a specialist or insurance company require a copy of the x-ray, we can share the files with ease. No more paper! No more mail! Digital dental x-rays and digital records make patient record keeping easier and more efficient than ever.
  • Improved image quality. Traditional x-rays could sometimes appear fuzzy, which made detecting minute details a bit challenging at times. With digital images, precise pictures appear on a computer screen. Dr. Young can adjust the picture by enlarging it, changing the contrast, or even the color. Now we can identify details that were impossible to see in the past.
  • Quicker results. Traditional x-rays required the dentist or hygienist to develop the pictures directly from film. This process could take some time. Today, however, digital x-ray images appear instantly on a computer screen. With quicker results, the appointment overall, takes less time.
  • Environmentally sound. The chemicals used to develop traditional x-rays aren’t good for the environment. Supplies required were bulky, as well. Digital x-rays require no chemicals, plastic, or other supplies. They just appear.

Technologically Advanced Dental Care

If you have more questions or concerns about digital x-rays, talk to Dr. Young. He can explain the many benefits and answer all of your questions. To schedule an appointment, call us at (337) 237-6453. Also, visit our website for services, patient information, and to learn more about our team. We happily welcome patients from Pilette, Walroy, Long Bridge, Scott, Broadmoor, and neighboring cities.