What Is Dry Socket?

teethextractAre you scheduled for a tooth extraction? Most tooth extractions are performed easily, quickly, and without any problems. Once in a great while, however, there may be a minor complication. The most common problem after having a tooth extracted is dry socket. Only about two to three percent of people ever develop dry socket and it’s most common in smokers, but it is worth knowing about. In today’s blog we answer the question: what is dry socket?   

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Frequently Asked Questions About Cavities

about cavitiesWhen you think about the dentist, typically the first thing to come to mind is teeth, perhaps followed by cavities. A cavity can be described as an empty space within a solid object; in this case, a tooth. When cavities form, they hurt almost from the beginning.  Since they increase in size and can affect the nerves if ignored, professional treatment is necessary if one of your teeth develops a cavity. (more…)

Two Times It Doesn’t Pay to Be Stubborn

yo-teeth-troubleThere are many times when being stubborn really pays off. Maybe it’s refusing to budge when a co-worker asks you repeatedly to cover for you, or one of those days when you don’t allow a total stranger to take advantage of you by cutting in line. Other times, being hard-headed only gets you into deeper trouble. Refusing to visit your dentist for your twice-a-year dental exam is one such example. Regardless of your excuse, whether you’re too busy, too broke, or just not feeling it, this is one type of stubbornness that can have devastating long-term consequences. Dr. Michael Young, a family dentist in Lafayette, LA, explains how neglecting your dental duties can mean big problems down the road.

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TMJ Disorder: Why Jaws Shouldn’t Pop

tmj disorderDo you notice that your jaws pop when you open and close your mouth, or that your jaws sometimes lock in an open or closed position, unable to move for a moment or two? For some people, a popping/clicking jaw is little more than an annoyance, while for others, it can be painful enough to make biting a chewing a chore. Either way, popping jaws are often a symptom of TMJ disorder—a jaw dysfunction that could eventually lead to other, more uncomfortable symptoms if not treated. (more…)

Why is Snoring an Oral Health Issue?

snoring an oral health issueSleep apnea (more accurately, obstructive sleep apnea) is a condition that causes patients to stop breathing periodically in their sleep. Given that it’s marked by excessively loud snoring, you might be surprised that your best chance at finding a diagnosis, and treatment, is at your dentist’s office. However, snoring and sleep apnea are typically oral health issues, and as a dedicated general dentist, Dr. Young is highly experienced in helping patients stop snoring and treat sleep apnea. (more…)

Quiz: What Causes Toothaches?

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At some point in your life, you’ve probably experienced a toothache. The discomfort can range from mild to unbearable, depending the cause of your tooth pain. Understanding the factors behind a toothache can help you prevent future occurrences and protect your smile.

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What’s the Difference Between Lumineers and Veneers?

veneers-lumineers-lafayetteMovie stars, politicians, and rock stars aren’t the only ones sporting beautiful smiles these days. A high-wattage smile can now be seen on everyone from teachers to rocket scientists, and who could blame them? People tend to perceive those with attractive teeth as more successful, attractive, and trustworthy than those whose teeth appear yellowed, cracked, or broken. Studies even show that one’s smile makes them look younger in the eyes of others, that is, unless teeth are crooked or worn down. Even job prospects improve with better oral health, Dr. Michael Young, who helps patients choose between Lumineers and porcelain veneers in Lafayette, LA. (more…)

Follow the Proper Flossing Procedure

FlosserWhen was the last time you flossed your teeth? If you answered, “today,” than great! If you avoid flossing, any dentist will encourage you to do better, but know that you’re not alone. In fact, roughly 73%  of Americans would rather go grocery shopping than floss. To motivate you, ask yourself why flossing is so important. If you can’t think of any answers, we can help. (more…)

Are you Aware of Eruption Cysts in Teething Babies?

Smiling BabyFinding an unidentifiable bump, lesion, or bruise on your child’s body is very frightening for parents; especially those who are raising a child for the first time. Imagine looking over at your crying little one only to see a bluish-purple lump prominently situated on their gums. This might sound very scary,  but eruption hematomas (or eruptions cysts) are actually relatively common when a child’s new teeth are coming in.

What are Eruption Cysts?

Your baby’s teeth start out growing inside a protective enclosure which is located in their jawbone. When primary teeth have reached complete development, they emerge through the bone tissue. Over time, teeth will pierce through the gums and you will see them for the first time – a generally exciting milestone.  In rare cases, when the protective enclosure from early tooth development leaks, fluid can accumulate between the tooth and gums. This means your child will present with an eruption cyst.   The appearance of these generally painless hematomas is usually either dark red, brown, bluish-purple, or translucent.  When you’re not familiar with this visual, however, the excitement of teething is marred by understandable parental panic.

Treatment for Eruption Cysts

Though disconcerting for obvious reasons, most eruption cysts don’t require special treatment. Your child’s tooth will usually break through the hematoma and emerge just like any typical teething experience. The bruise usually heals quickly. However, for your own piece of mind (and to remain on the (more…)

Highlight of the History of Dental Veneers

white smilePorcelain dental veneers are extremely versatile as a means for making over a cosmetically flawed smile. If your teeth have fractures, chips, overlaps, stains, gaps, or are slightly crooked, porcelain veneers will cover over those flaws and perfect your smile to your desires. Veneers are a dental innovation which has improved greatly over the years. These days, cosmetic dentists are able to offer patients very realistic and long-lasting results from veneers, but this wasn’t the case in the very beginning.

The Advent of Veneers

It may sound fitting that dental veneers were invented in the state of California, since this is where the majority of films and television shows were once produced. Through the use of denture adhesive, Dr. Charles Pincus figured out a way to stick prosthetic faux teeth onto the fronts of natural tooth surfaces. Unfortunately, denture adhesive only offered temporary bonding. Early dental veneers lasted for a few hours at a clip before slipping and falling right off. This (more…)