Drs. Smith and Domingue
200 Beaullieu Drive Bldg. 2 Lafayette, LA 70508
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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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Bone grafting - What to expect for your procedure

Poor oral health can cause more than just yellow teeth and bad breath. If oral concerns such as gum disease and tooth decay are not treated and reversed it can eventually lead to the loss of teeth and bone loss. Bone loss cannot be repaired, but if your jaw bone has deteriorated, you may be a candidate for bone grafting. Many dental procedures require a specific amount of bone, which is why Dr. J. Jerome Smith and Dr. Danny Domingue offer bone grafting procedures to their patients that don’t qualify for these procedures.

Bone Loss

Bone loss can be a major concern for those who have severe tooth decay and gum disease. Once the decay has spread past the pulp and root of your teeth it will begin to eat away at the bone as well. Periodontitis is when gum disease has progressed to the point that gums have started to recede and has started to deteriorate the bone underneath.  Other causes are facial trauma and not putting in a dental implant after the loss of a tooth.

Bone Grafts

The bone grafting process is recommended for those who do not have enough bone to hold in dental implants, need a sinus lift, or ridge modification. It works by using the bone from another location or from a donor to help build up the area with the bone loss. Once the grafts are in place, they should fuse together with the rest of the bone to create a stronger, denser bone.

Suring your bone graft appointment, your dentist will put you under anesthesia or numb the areas that will need the oral surgery. Then the surgeon will make an incision in the area the graft will be placed and the graft will be bonded to the remaining bone with pins or screws. The incision is then stitched closed and put into a splint to avoid damage to the healing bone.

It is normal to experience some discomfort after the surgery as your new bone heals so your dentist may prescribe you a pain medication to use as needed. Pain may also be accompanied by swelling and bruising of the jaw, cheek, and gums and some minor bleeding. You should only consume soft food for the first few days after the surgery to keep the incision site free from food debris and bacteria.

Improved Oral Health

Bone grafts can help you get your oral health back on track. If you are an Acadiana living in the Lafayette, LA area and have been denied dental implants or would like to know more about bone grafts, please contact our office today for more information!