Lafayette Dentist Shares the Benefits of Mini Dental Implants

dental implantsDental implants have easily become one of the most secure tooth replacement options available today. Yet, while many patients opt for implants and have reported great results, not every patient qualifies for full implants due to insufficient bone mass. Should this apply to you, try asking about mini dental implants (or MDI). An MDI is half the size of a full implant and works best for patients who have suffered with some jaw bone loss.

Dr. Michael J. Young, your Lafayette dentist, shares benefits to mini dental implants with his patients, in this article.

The Perks of Mini Dental Implants

  • Minimally invasive. With a traditional dental implant, the dentist places the implant past the gum line and within the jaw bone. However, an MDI doesn’t function in that manner. Instead, an MDI is within the gum line, just above the jaw bone. Without the excess penetration, the implantation procedure is quick; the entire process may take a couple of hours tops.
    Additionally, since MDI’s take the minimally invasive approach, patients can begin to eat and continue normal activities soon after the procedure has been completed.
  • Quick procedure. As aforementioned, a couple of hours after the start of implant procedure and your Lafayette dentist has finished placing your implants. A full-sized implant requires three steps that could span up-to a year’s worth of time.
    During the first procedure, the dentist places the implant and waits until patient has completely healed, which could take up-to six months. Then, the second portion is implanted and the patient is allotted another healing period of up-to six months—an issue MDI patients won’t experience.
  • Faster recovery. A year’s worth of healing periods is quite a bit of time. Thus, anything even a little faster is an improvement. An MDI requires a couple of week’s worth of recovery time. Some patients feel comfortable eating and continuing regular activities within few days, though.

Visit Your Lafayette Dentist for Implant Dentistry

For more information about mini dental implants, ask Dr. Young. He can explain the implant procedure and answer any questions you may have. To schedule an appointment with our Lafayette dental practice, 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.

Lafayette Dentist: Learn About Dentures with Today’s Quiz


Losing your teeth can be an embarrassing ordeal. In addition to making a person feel self-conscious, tooth loss also makes eating and even speaking difficult. Thankfully, your Lafayette dentist, Dr. Michael J. Young, offers an innovative solution to addressing missing teeth. In today’s blog, Dr. Young uses a fun and informative quiz to explain how dentures can provide quality smile restoration.


Lafayette Dentist Explores Dental Crowns of Today

guy with healthy smileDental crowns are among the most widely-used dental restorations today, and serve a variety of functions that make them the ideal solution for many different situations. As a replica of your tooth, a dental crown can offer vital protection to a tooth that’s been too damaged or weakened to protect itself. In some cases, a dental crown can even replace a tooth that’s been lost or extracted, either from severe dental disease or accidental trauma. Today, your Lafayette dentist, Dr. Michael J. Young, explores the uses of modern dental crowns and the different ways in which they can restore and preserve your smile.

Artistic Restorations for Damaged Teeth

Your teeth, especially the strong protective layer of enamel that surrounds them, are the strongest part of your body. Unfortunately, once a tooth is damaged or compromised by tooth decay, it cannot repair itself or regrow its damaged structure. (more…)

Lafayette Dentist Quizzes Your Knowledge of Fluoride & Cavities

fluoride toothpaste and toothbrushAlthough tooth decay and cavities affect over 90% of adults in the United States, the truth is that there are numerous tools and methods for effectively fighting the disease’s development. Brushing and flossing your teeth is the first and foremost defense against cavities; however, sometimes, good dental hygiene requires a bit of professional help and a boost to your teeth’s defenses. Lafayette dentist, Dr. Michael J. Young, tests your knowledge of one of the most effective professional dental hygiene measures—fluoride—and why it’s a beneficial supplement to your oral hygiene routine.

Fluoride and Cavities—True/False Quiz

Tooth decay isn’t preventable, although it is highly controllable.

False—Despite its wide-spread occurrence, tooth decay can be prevented with proper care and maintenance. (more…)

Lafayette Dentist’s Interesting Facts About Human Teeth

separated set of teethYou brush and floss them twice a day a more (hopefully), and according to recommendations, you should let a professional clean and inspect them at least once every six months. In spite of the quality time that you (should) spend with your teeth, how much do you actually know about the little marvels? Today, your Lafayette dentist, Dr. Michael J. Young, presents a few interesting facts about your teeth that go beyond the brush and floss you use to care for them.

Did You Know?

  • The protective layer around your teeth is called tooth enamel, and is comprised almost entirely of calcium and phosphate mineral crystals. When healthy, enamel is stronger than any other substance on earth except diamond. (more…)

Lafayette Dentist: Sometimes, Adults Need Braces, Too

pretty girl covering mouth with handsAlthough adults with braces aren’t exactly a rare sight, many people still automatically associate traditional orthodontic treatment with younger children. Occlusal (tooth alignment) issues are most-effectively treated when detected early, such as before a child’s permanent teeth and jawbone fully develop. Early intervention can diminish the effects of these issues, making it easier to complete treatment when your child is older. However, malocclusion doesn’t only affect children, and even if you’ve never needed braces before, crooked teeth can force you to consider orthodontic treatment as an adult. Your Lafayette dentist, Dr. Michael J. Young, explains malocclusion and the need for braces, even as an adult.

Malocclusion for All Ages

Braces are largely associated with younger children and early treatment because problems with bite alignment often manifest themselves early. Nevertheless, your teeth can grow crooked and your bite misaligned for a number of reasons, like crowding as your permanent teeth erupt (especially wisdom teeth) or a dental injury. Regardless of what age your teeth became uneven, straightening them is a priority to your mouth’s continued good health and function. (more…)

Lafayette Dentist Outlines the Benefits of Invisalign Clear Braces

invisalignLast week, we gave you the straight facts about crooked teeth, including their functional importance beyond the cosmetic appeal of your smile. Nevertheless, Dr. Young understands that knowing the complications of crooked teeth may not help appease your apprehension about wearing metal braces to correct them. Luckily, your Lafayette dentist offers Invisalign clear braces to help you straighten your teeth discretely, maintaining your confidence throughout the course of your orthodontic treatment.

Not Braces, Exactly…

The secret to clear braces is that they aren’t braces, exactly; at least, not by the traditional definition of braces, which apply force to move your teeth through interconnected brackets and wires. Instead, Invisalign consists of a series of removable, clear acrylic aligners, each of which progressively moves your teeth into their desired positions. While traditional braces require regular visits to adjust your wires, treatment with clear braces progresses by simply exchanging your current aligner for the next in the series. (more…)

Lafayette Dentist’s Straight Facts About Crooked Teeth

pretty woman straight smileAlthough malocclusion, or the issue of crooked teeth, can have a significant impact on your smile’s aesthetic value (not to mention your confidence), many patients opt to keep their teeth crooked rather than straighten them. This may be largely due to apprehension about traditional orthodontic treatment, which requires the use of metal brackets and wires for up to two years or more. However, as a dedicated Lafayette dentist, Dr. Michael J. Young warns that crooked teeth can prove hazardous to your oral health as a whole. Today, we explore some of the facts you may not know about malocclusion, including the role that your teeth’s positions play in your mouth’s good health and proper function.

Exploring Malocclusion

  • Aside from making your smile more appealing, straight teeth serve a vital function—displacing the pressure of your bite. When your teeth are perfectly aligned, the impact from biting and chewing is evenly distributed among your teeth, minimizing the pressure absorbed by each of your teeth. When this balance is disrupted, some teeth can be forced to withstand more pressure than they were meant for, and may sustain structural damage (i.e., cracks, fractures, and breakage) for their efforts. (more…)

Lafayette Dentist Explains the Truth About Root Canal Treatment

pretty thinkingHave you ever had a root canal treatment? Have you ever been told you that you needed one, but postponed or neglected it out of apprehension for the procedure? Although root canal treatments are designed to save your tooth from decay and stop its discomfort, the procedure has gained a notorious reputation, which causes many to place their oral health at further risk by prolonging the necessary treatment. Your Lafayette dentist, Dr. Michael J. Young, explains how serious tooth decay can become, and why root canal treatment shouldn’t be neglected if it becomes necessary.

Understanding Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is a progressive disease, and as such, the proper treatment depends on how severe it is once detected. Root canal treatment is typically reserved for severe tooth decay that threatens your tooth’s existence, and is usually the last resort before extraction becomes necessary. When it’s less severe, tooth decay is often treated by removing the infected tooth structure and replacing it with a dental filling, which seals your tooth from further infection and reinforces it against further damage. (more…)

Lafayette Dentist Explains Dental Implants’ Effect on Tooth Loss

pretty lady smiling holding an appleReplacing lost teeth is about restoring your quality of life and confidence. The ability to bite, chew, and speak properly is largely dependent on a full set of healthy teeth, or adequate replacements for those that are missing. Since your teeth are meant to withstand the everyday pressures of biting and chewing, their replacements require a strong foundation to support the same pressures. As your Lafayette dentist, Dr. Michael J. Young, explains, dental implants are the only option that can provide your replacement teeth with a supportive foundation that mimics your natural teeth’s root-and-crown structure.

Steadying Your Replacement Teeth

Conventional replacement teeth, like dental bridges and dentures, involve discrete clasps, special adhesives, and the support of existing teeth to hold them in place. By contrast, dental implants are surgically inserted into your jawbone, which fuses to the implants’ titanium surfaces through a process called osseointegration. Once healed, your new prosthetic tooth roots can serve as anchors for your replacement teeth to keep them steady and secure while you eat, speak, and smile. (more…)