What Happens When You Don’t Check Your Teeth-Grinding?

Unless your teeth are already sensitive, worn down, and/or damaged, you might not consider grinding your teeth a significant concern. However, when left unchecked, chronic teeth-grinding (also known as bruxism) can become one of the biggest risks to your long-term oral health. At our Lafayette, LA, dental office, we can diagnose your bruxism and the specific cause of it during a comprehensive oral examination. Then, we can help you check your teeth-grinding habit by designing an appropriate treatment plan to help you stop, and to repair any tooth damage that may have resulted from it. (more…)

Ways to Improve Your Chances of Avoiding Tooth Loss

Tooth loss affects a large percentage of adults to varying degrees, and it happens often enough that many people consider it a natural part of the aging process. However, most cases of tooth loss occur from highly preventable conditions, such as dental disease, and could be prevented with the right level of care and maintenance. At our Lafayette, LA, dental office, protecting and preserving your smile is our top priority, and that includes helping you improve your chances of avoiding tooth loss with highly customized treatments and services. (more…)

How Veneers Create a Smile Makeover Instantly

Sometimes, it’s easy to ignore a blemish on your tooth here and there, especially if it isn’t that obvious at first. However, most types of blemishes grow worse over time, and by the time you notice them, you may have multiple different issues to address in order to restore your smile’s healthy, beautiful appearance. Making over your smile might seem like a huge challenge, but at our Lafayette, LA, dental office, we can often design a customized smile makeover using one or more porcelain veneers. The thin, lifelike shells can address a wide variety of issues at once, allowing you to completely makeover your smile almost instantly. (more…)

Reasons Why You Should Consider Invisalign® Aligners

One of the most important things to remember about crooked teeth (malocclusion) is that, if you have them, then ignoring them will only make matters worse. For that reason, we strongly advise correcting malocclusion as soon as possible, regardless at what age it occurs. However, for older teen and adult patients, the appearance of traditional braces can sometimes make them hesitate to seek the orthodontic treatment they need. At our Lafayette, LA, dental office, we help make the decision to straighten crooked teeth easier with the help of Invisalign® clear aligners. (more…)

How to Tell if Your Root Canal Needs Therapy

Your dental health isn’t static. Your teeth can be perfectly healthy during one routine visit, and during the next, you may learn that a tooth is decaying and needs immediate treatment to restore it. Depending on the extent of the decay, you might be able to treat it by filling the cavity it caused in your tooth, or you may need more involved treatment, such as root canal therapy. At our Lafayette, LA, dental office, we offer comfortable, customized root canal therapy to help you restore your tooth’s good health, but only after determining that it’s the most appropriate solution. (more…)

How Tooth Extraction Restores Your Smile

Before professional dentistry became so advanced, extracting a tooth was a common solution to minor problems like cavities or tooth damage. However, now, you have several customizable options for restoring teeth that have suffered all types of damage or infection. Yet, there are still instances when tooth extraction is the better option for the long-term health of your smile. At our Lafayette, LA, dental office, we only recommend tooth extraction when it’s the most effective way of removing a serious threat to your oral health and allowing us to restore the rest of your smile. (more…)

Fixing a Cracked Tooth Isn’t Difficult – But It’s Important

You might not always know that you’ve cracked a tooth, especially if it occurred gradually instead of instantly, such as from accidental trauma. However, the resulting discomfort of the damage will eventually make it obvious, and treating it will become increasingly more important. For some tooth cracks and fractures, though, fixing the damage might seem complicated, which might cause you to hesitate to seek the treatment you need. At our Lafayette, LA, dental office, we offer several different personalized options that can fix your specific tooth fracture in a minimally invasive yet highly effective way. (more…)

What Happens When a Tooth Filling Fails?

When you have a cavity, it’s natural to wonder what might happen if you don’t treat it soon. After treating it, though, you should be able to continue about your daily routine without worrying about it anymore (beyond protecting it with good hygiene practices). However, some patients still have trouble due to a failure of their fillings to fully restore and protect their teeth. This can occur for a number of reasons, from inadequate filling materials to improper care, and more. At our Lafayette, LA, dental office, we utilize advanced, lifelike composite resin to place tooth-colored fillings that are more biocompatible and less likely to fail than many traditional ones. (more…)

A Snore Away from a Sleep Disorder

Of all the things you might consider unhealthy habits, snoring isn’t typically one of them. Loud, annoying, and possibly a deal-breaker in some relationships, but most people who snore occasionally don’t rank it as a health risk. For many, however, chronic snoring can have cumulative effects on different aspects of their health, wellbeing, and overall quality of life. When it’s severe enough, it can even be just one of several warning signs of a sleep disorder, like sleep apnea. At our Lafayette, LA, dental office, we’ve helped many patients overcome snoring and address their chronic sleep apnea with the help of custom-designed sleep appliances. (more…)

Bringing the Lafayette Community Together in January

The Lafayette community isn’t just about fun, but also building each other up and helping those who need it in any way possible. This January, those goals are at the forefront of several different initiatives, each of which is designed to help bring everyone in the community together for the greater good. From blood drives to help people with rare blood disorders to helping the homeless and those who need assistance with their social security benefits, you’ll find a charitable cause to volunteer for no matter what your passion is! (more…)