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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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Root Canal Therapy in Lafayette, LA

For many patients, the words “You need a root canal” strike fear into their hearts. The truth, however, is that advances in dental technology and sedation dentistry techniques have made most root canal procedures simpler, safer, and practically painless.

Often, patients who need a root canal are experiencing severe pain in the affected tooth. A root canal relieves that pain and restores the functionality of the tooth. Without a root canal, you could lose the tooth.

Our dentists, Drs. Jerome Smith and Danny Domingue, are skilled in performing root canal therapies and other endodontic procedures and will work with you to make sure you are comfortable throughout the entire procedure.

What Is a Root Canal?

The root canal is actually part of the structure of your tooth. It is inside your tooth and contains the pulp of your tooth as well as the nerve. Root canal therapy is a procedure that is formed on a tooth that has developed an infection in the root canal. Because the infection is located inside the tooth, opening the tooth is necessary to destroy the infection.

Before we begin your root canal, we will make sure that you are thoroughly numbed and completely comfortable. At this point, we will drill an access hole into your tooth that allows us to reach the infected part of your tooth. Working through this hole, we will use specialized instruments to clean out bacteria and decayed or infected material. If necessary, we may also apply a local antibiotic.

Once your tooth has been cleaned out and the infection is completely gone, we will seal your tooth using filling material. Your tooth may also be covered with a crown to protect and stabilize it.

Some discomfort may remain following the procedure, but this is the result of your body’s own inflammatory process. This discomfort will quickly fade once your immune system realizes that the infection is gone, and in the meantime, we can prescribe medication to help if necessary.

Do I Need a Root Canal?

Infection, decay, trauma, and other types of damage to your tooth could create the need for root canal therapy. Most of the time, people who need a root canal are experiencing symptoms that include pain, sensitivity, and abscesses on the gums.

In some cases, the need for a root canal can be seen on an x-ray or other digital image before symptoms become severe or even apparent. If this is your situation, we will review your images with you to explain why a root canal is necessary. We would prefer to treat the situation as early as possible to prevent an infection spreading into other teeth or into your bloodstream, where it can wreak havoc throughout your body. We would also strongly prefer that our patients not experience pain!

We know that the idea of a root canal can be scary, but we want to reassure you that the bad reputation of the root canal is undeserved. If you are experiencing pain or tenderness or if you have a pimple-like sore on your gum that won’t go away, please call our office today for an evaluation so we can get to the bottom of your problem and treat it.