Drs. Smith and Domingue
200 Beaullieu Drive Bldg. 2 Lafayette, LA 70508
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Jerome Smith | Doctor
Dr. J. Jerome Smith

Dr. J. Jerome Smith graduated cum laude from the University of Louisiana, then completed his studies at LSU’s School Dentistry. He has been practicing comprehensive, state-of-the art dentistry for more than 35 years. For the past three decades, he has focused on implant dentistry and comprehensive adult reconstructive care.

Among Dr. Smith’s many career highlights are receiving recognition as a Diplomate for the International Congress of Oral Implantology and serving as a Past Continuing Education Chairman for the Academy of General Dentistry. He also serves as Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor at LSU School of Dentistry. He is involved with Latin World Ministries Dental/Medical Project and the Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic.

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Daniel Domingue | Doctor
Dr. Danny Domingue

Dr. Daniel Domingue was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana, graduating from St. Thomas More. He attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge for his undergraduate degree, then completed his DDS degree at the LSU School Dentistry in New Orleans. Prior to joining his uncle’s practice, he practiced dentistry for several years in Lake Charles.

Dr. Domingue has been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards, including Diplomate from the American Board of Oral Implantology, the highest award possible for general dentists practicing implantology. He was the youngest dentist to ever receive this recognition.

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  • “ Dr. Smith and Domingue are absolutely amazing! They do amazing work and they are very accommodating. Dr. Domingue saw me on Labor day to do an emergency fix for me on his day off! They have the nicest staff. I recommend them 100%.”
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  • “ I have had the best experience with Dr. Domingue and his staff! He's kind, professional, and is extremely involved with every aspect of the patient care. His staff is one of the friendliest I have ever met. They don't only work in your mouth, they form real professional relationships. Dr. Domingue recently told me he was going to work with my time because, "you are way busier than I am". What a humble statement! I was so impressed when he recently shared that he was going on a mission trip to serve in Mexico. I think he is a gift to the lafayette community, and everyone needs to know.”
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  • “ Most people don't enjoy going to the dentist but I actually do. Dr. Domingue is extremely caring and knowledgeable and the entire staff is so kind every time I have an appointment. Thank you for your excellent service! I HIGHLY recommend this group.”
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Bone Grafting in Lafayette, LA

Has another dentist told you that you’re not a good candidate for dental implants? For most dentists, dental implants in patients who have deteriorated bone tissue because of extractions, trauma, or gum disease are just too complex and beyond their skills. Luckily, we are not most dentists!

Dentists from across the Southeast come to our Acadiana dental practice to learn how to place and restore dental implants. Patients come to us from as far away as Texas and Mississippi to get advanced dental care.

We understand that every patient’s needs are different, and we are committed to finding ways for every patient to get the care they need. If the quality of your bone tissue is not currently sufficient for dental implants, we can build it up using a process called bone grafting.

What Is Bone Grafting?

Bone Grafting Lafayette LA | A diagram of a tooth, root and jaw boneYou may already be familiar with the concept behind tissue grafting. During this type of procedure, tissue is removed from somewhere else on the body (or obtained from a tissue bank) and then surgically placed over the area that needs to be repaired and treated so that it incorporates into the existing tissue. This type of procedure is often used to help repair the skin of patients who have been badly burned.

Bone grafting is essentially the same idea. We can use bone from a tissue bank or remove bone from another area on your body. We will discuss your options with you during your consultation and give you the advantages and drawbacks of each option and provide you with our recommendation to help you make an informed decision.

Once the donor bone has been placed, it is covered with a special barrier of material that encourages your existing tissue to accept the donor bone and incorporate it so that it becomes a permanent part of the bone structure.

Other Uses for Bone Grafts

In addition to building up your bone tissue for placing dental implants, bone grafts may be used to treat other dental conditions as well. Some of the other reasons we may recommend a bone graft include:

A man hikes, smiling | lafayette la bone graftingSinus lifts – If implants cannot be placed because of the quality of your sinus floor, a sinus lift may be necessary. In this procedure, your sinus membrane is raised to a more suitable position and then extra bone is grafted onto the sinus floor to provide a location for dental implants to be placed.

Nerve repositioning – In some cases, the location of your inferior alveolar nerve, which runs through your lower jaw, is affected by advanced bone loss. When this happens, placing dental implants could cause you to lose sensation in your chin and your lower lip. We absolutely don’t want this to happen! We can use a repositioning technique to move the nerve and then use bone grafts to fill in the gap created during the surgery.

Ridge augmentation – Certain conditions such as trauma, advanced periodontal disease, and birth defects can cause ridges to form in the bone of your jaw. Bone grafting allows us to fill in these ridges to restore the health of your jaw.

To find out more about bone grafts and how they can help you improve the health and functionality of your smile, please call our office today for a consultation.