How to Care for Your Dentures

Couple on the CouchIf you have recently received dentures at our Lafayette, LA practice, you may be wondering about the best way to maintain your restorations. Just as you should practice good hygiene for your natural teeth, you should also carefully maintain your dentures. Even though your new teeth are synthetic, if you do not clean them properly, plaque can begin to accumulate, damaging the restorations and threatening your oral health. Dr. Young understands that dentures are an investment in your dental health and appearance. By properly caring for your dentures, you can ensure greater durability and stability for your new smile. (more…)

Are You Losing Sleep to Sleep Apnea?

tired yawning cup of coffeeIn a world where nearly everything new is designed to stimulate and entertain, losing sleep is easier than ever before. Instead of resting, you might want to catch up on new episodes of your favorite program, play around with your new phone or tablet, or get ahead on the next day’s workload. Sometimes, however, you might be losing sleep without even realizing it. The term, apnea, literally means “to stop breathing” in Greek, and sleep apnea describes a condition where your breathing periodically stops at night. Even though you think you’re sleeping soundly, you might soon begin exhibiting signs of sleep deprivation and fatigue. (more…)

More than Digital X-Rays: The Technology of Modern Dentistry

digital x-ray panoramicDiagnostics is the most important aspect your of cosmetic and restorative dental treatment. Without accurately diagnosing your condition, Dr. Young wouldn’t be able to assess your dental health and suggest an appropriate treatment plan. Though X-rays have long been a vital resource in dental diagnostics, digital X-rays offer significantly improved and instantaneous images while producing over 80% less radiation. Still, digital X-rays are only a small portion of the technology that Dr. Young employs to maximize the results of your dental treatment. (more…)

How to Improve Your Family’s Dental Health

happy family running happilyDental care means different things to different people, including each member of your family. As an experienced dentist, Dr. Michael J. Young understands that optimal dental care means individualized attention for each and every member of your family. Some aspects of dental health, however, are largely universal for everyone. For instance, good hygiene means attentive teeth brushing and flossing every day, coupled with routine dental checkups and cleanings, no matter how old you are. By maximizing your hygiene routine at home, you can help keep your family’s smiles clean, and avoid the need for complex restorative treatment. (more…)

Can Cosmetic Dentistry Fix That?

embarrassed woman covers her smileIf you could change something about your smile, what would it be? Whether your teeth are a little duller than you’d like, or seem out of alignment, Dr. Young can help improve their appearance with custom-designed cosmetic dentistry procedure. The first step to your smile improvement is to determine where, exactly, the problem lies, and how you wish your smile to look. After a thorough examination, Dr. Young will consult with you to answer all of your questions and help you design treatment plan to create the smile you want. (more…)

Is Gum Disease Something You Should Worry About?

woman with worried smileIt’s more than an issue with your gums; periodontal disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the United States. The rampant inflammation associated with the condition is also a recognized risk factor for other chronic inflammatory conditions.  The good news is that gum disease is highly preventable, and equally as controllable if it’s allowed to develop. All you need is a good hygiene routine at home and a diligent schedule of professional care at Dr. Young’s office to help ensure your gums and teeth remain healthy and disease-free. (more…)

Why You Should Consider Invisalign® for Straighter Teeth

young man consideringEven if they understand the complications associated with crooked teeth outside of cosmetic appearance, many older teens and adults hesitate or neglect to seek treatment for fear of having to wear braces. If their goal is to improve their confidence, then conspicuous metal brackets and wires can seem counterintuitive. Such hesitation, however, can expose your teeth to a wealth of problems, such as dental damage and an increased risk of dental health issues. To help you enjoy the benefits of a straighter smile while avoiding your apprehension over conventional braces, Dr. Michael Young often recommends Invisalign® clear aligners as a discreet alternative to traditional orthodontic treatment. (more…)

Defining Crooked Teeth

close up of crooked teethOf all the issues that can affect your smile’s function and appearance, crooked teeth are often among the most complex to treat. Besides the asymmetrical look it lends to your smile, malocclusion can make it difficult for your mouth to operate properly by throwing your bite pressure off balance. Your jaw’s joints and muscles can grow exhausted from overcompensating, and your teeth can suffer from excessive friction and pressure as your jaws shift. Unlike cavities and gum disease, malocclusion can affect patients in completely different ways, although nearly all cases require some form of orthodontic treatment to correct. (more…)

Can’t Explain Your Migraines? Look Into TMJ Disorder

intense migraineHeadaches are common for many people, and most of us have had at least one in our lifetime. Often, a headache means little more than stress, excessive eye strain from being in the sun too long, or listening to loud music consecutively for too long. A migraine, however, can be too intense to disregard as par for the course, and usually, there’s a reason why your head hurts so much. Patients who experience chronic migraines without an accurate diagnosis can often find the root of their discomfort in TMJ disorder, a jaw dysfunction that includes a wide variety of other symptoms, too. (more…)

Relax! Your Smile Will Thank You For It

man relaxing in hammockMost people would admit that relaxation is plenty of reason to smile. However, not as many people realize that taking a load off from time to time can actually improve the health of your smile by allowing you to decompress from compounding stress. Your Lafayette dentist, Dr. Michael J. Young, knows well that excessive stress can be the undoing of an otherwise-healthy smile. Today, we explore some of the effects that stress can have on your smile to exemplify why stress-relief is an important component of good oral health. (more…)