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In our office, we embrace advanced dental techniques and technologies while honoring our commitment to providing compassionate, patient-centered care.
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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%.”
    Alivia F.
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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.”
    Laura M.
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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.”
    Hannah B.
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Digital Imaging for Diagnosis and Treatment in Lafayette, LA

At our Acadiana dental office, we are committed to providing our patients with the very best care possible. One of the ways we do this is through the use of advanced dental technology including digital photography and imaging in addition to digital x-rays.

We began incorporating digital imaging into our practice in 1995 and realized quickly what an incredible advantage we suddenly had in our ability to evaluate, diagnose, and plan treatment solutions for our patients. Recently, we also began to use CBCT scanning with Prexion 3D. This system is similar to the CAT scan you might receive at the hospital, but it is faster and limited to the dental area.

Why Digital Photography and Imaging?

an image of a doctor or assistant looking at an x-ray | Lafayette LA dental x-raysDentists have been using dental x-rays for decades to see beneath the gums and through the enamel so we can diagnose problems and monitor potential problems. This allows us to treat problems early with more conservative measures or plan treatment to prevent them altogether.

Compared to x-rays, digital photography and imaging technology has a number of advantages:

  • You are exposed to less radiation.
  • The process is fast since it doesn’t require film development.
  • The images are complete and give us a full view of what is going on.
  • We are able to perform faster and more accurate diagnoses.
  • The process is better for the environment since no chemicals are needed to develop the images.
  • Because the images are so clear, we can use them to show you where the problem is and explain easily why we recommend a certain treatment.

What is CBCT scanning?

an image of a woman getting a dental x-ray taken | Dental X-rays Lafayette, LAThe Prexion 3D scanner uses CBCT (cone beam computed tomography) technology. This imaging system allows us to see your bone structure and the other tissues of your face in highly detailed 3D.

One of the key ways we use this technology is when we are planning dental implant placement. When you are missing teeth, the bone beneath the missing tooth begins to atrophy from disuse. With the scanner, we can easily check the quality of your bone to make sure it is sufficient for holding the implant in place or if you need some additional assistance from procedures like bone grafts or sinus lifts.

Other uses for Digital Imaging Technology

In addition to helping us plan dental implant procedures, we use digital photography and imaging technology to help us diagnose and plan treatment for in a number of other situations including:

  • Identifying impacted molars or other teeth to determine whether surgery is the right option and how the surgery should be performed for the best results
  • Diagnosing sinus disorders and other conditions that may require surgical correction
  • Monitoring changes in your bone density and gum quality if we are treating you for periodontal disease
  • Planning and assistance during endodontic surgery

To learn more about digital photography and imaging and see for yourself how we use it in our practice, please give us a call at our Lafayette, LA dental office today.