Why Does My Tooth Need To Be Extracted?

Why Does My Tooth Need To Be Extracted?Getting bad news is never fun. Learning that you need a dental extraction falls into that category of not-fun bad news. However, a very important thing to remember is that your dentist always has your oral health as the top priority. A dental extraction should never be recommended unless absolutely necessary. Keeping your natural teeth is always a goal because having healthy teeth is always the best way to keep your smile in good health, which ultimately keeps you in good health overall. Unfortunately, there are situations when extracting a tooth becomes the best solution for your smile. In these situations, extraction is kept as a last resort. Your dentist in Lafayette, LA, can walk you through why an extraction becomes necessary and the best ways to handle the situation.  (more…)

Upcoming Fun In Lafayette

Upcoming Fun In LafayetteIf you live in or near Lafayette, Louisiana, then you know that the culture is rich, the food is delicious, and there is always fun just around the corner. There are plenty of events coming up this week and next in town. From an Artmosphere Brunch with a hit musician to book clubs, Cajun celebrations, local musicians, and more, there is something for everybody to enjoy. Our dental office also offers something for everyone with expert dental care available for the whole family ranging from important smile restorations to cosmetic treatments to routine cleanings and exams.  (more…)

I Want To Close The Gap In My Smile

I Want To Close The Gap In My SmileA gap, which is also known as diastema, can happen between your two front teeth. Extra spacing, however, can occur between any two teeth in your smile. Some people find that a gap makes their smile unique, but there are times when people begin to feel self-conscious about the way their smile looks. Wide, uneven spacing between teeth can be caused by several different issues. Many of these issues will not affect the health of your smile, but there are times when gaps are caused by something like tongue thrusting or periodontal disease. In these cases, whatever is causing the gap may also affect your smile’s health. When your smile’s health is in danger, that issue may need to be addressed in conjunction with addressing your smile’s appearance. However, strictly cosmetic issues can often be treated with cosmetic dentistry(more…)

My Oral Health Impacts The Rest Of My Body?

My Oral Health Impacts The Rest Of My Body?You only get one set of permanent teeth in your lifetime. This fact, along with your desire to have fresh breath and a bright smile, may encourage you to take good care of your oral health. In doing so, you probably brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day and visit for your dentist for an exam and cleaning at least twice a year, right? Did you know that keeping your mouth healthy can also have benefits on the rest of your body’s health? Several studies have linked the occurrence of gum disease and oral bacterial infections to the development of certain cardiovascular diseases and other health problems. Treating gum disease and oral health issues can prevent the risks to the rest of your body. Your dental team in Lafayette, LA, can help you keep your mouth healthy for health of your body.  (more…)

6 Tips For Brushing Your Teeth Effectively

6 Tips For Brushing Your Teeth EffectivelyWe all probably believe that we are good at brushing our teeth especially since most of us have been doing it for a very long time. The unfortunate news is that there are still a lot of people, both children and adults, that are not brushing their teeth effectively. While even ineffective brushing can help keep bacteria away, effective brushing of your teeth can provide more smile protection. Brushing your teeth effectively means removing more plaque and harmful bacteria from your mouth. Your dentist in Lafayette, LA, wants your smile to be healthy, clean, and protected, so here are six tips to help more effectively brush your teeth(more…)

Are There Signs That I Have TMJ Disorder?

Are There Signs That I Have TMJ Disorder?Having chronic pain can make a big difference in your overall lifestyle. TMJ disorder, which is an overall term for dysfunction with your temporomandibular joints (TMJs), can create constant pain in your life.  The TMJs connect your both sides of your lower jaw to your skull and provide movement for your jaw and mouth. Having dysfunctional joints can make the opening and closing of your mouth troublesome. The disorder includes a wide range of symptoms, which makes it difficult to pin down and diagnose TMJ disorder. There are many people that live with pain and discomfort for years without ever realizing that their jaw joints are to blame. While your dentist in Lafayette, LA, may be able to best help you determine if TMJ disorder is affecting you, there are some signs that your body may be sending you.  (more…)

Times When A Dental Crown May Help

Times When A Dental Crown May HelpDental crowns are an extremely common way to restore a tooth, and they have been common for quite a long time. Modern crowns are much more lifelike than dental crowns of the past. Advancements in dental technology and materials have made it so that dental crowns can look lifelike and perform with durability. A dental crown has its name because it is designed to replicate and cover your tooth’s crown, which is the visible part of the tooth that protrudes from your gum line. A dental crown is placed as a cap to fully cover a tooth, which allows it to be helpful in a wide variety of dental situations.  (more…)

Reasons A Bridge May Work For Your Smile

Reasons A Bridge May Work For Your SmileIf you are missing even just one tooth, it is very important to consider tooth replacement. Missing teeth can continue to make an impact on the health of your mouth long after it has left your smile. Voids in your smile can limit your abilities with your mouth’s main functions, increase your risk of losing more teeth, and cause problems for your remaining teeth. Replacing a missing tooth or multiple teeth with a dental prosthetic can help to prevent some of these potential problems. When considering options of replacement, do you know the reasons that you may choose a dental bridge? (more…)

Father’s Day Fun In Lafayette

Father's Day Fun In LafayetteThis weekend is a good time to celebrate the dads in your life because Sunday is Father’s Day. Rather than giving your dad another tee shirt or travel coffee mug, why not spend some quality time doing some interesting things around town? There are plenty of fun ways to spend the weekend that will make it feel like a special year.  (more…)