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%.”
    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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Cracked Tooth Syndrome: What It Is and How We Treat It

Cracked Tooth Syndrome

You start to feel that twinge of sensitivity as you're enjoying your first bite of ice cream. You felt this last week too, but it went away quickly. The next thing you know your little twinge is not going away, instead it's keeping you up at night! You may be suffering from a cracked tooth and your dentist in Lafayette can help.

What is Cracked Tooth Syndrome?

Your tooth can become fractured or cracked from a number of different sources such as:

  • Chewing or biting hard foods, candy, or ice
  • A broken down old dental filling or crown
  • Trauma, an accident, or injury to your tooth

Cracked tooth syndrome is tricky because it's often hard to detect. You may be experiencing symptoms such as sensitivity to hot or cold foods or drinks, yet you might not see the crack in your tooth. Just like a car windshield, a small crack can often spread quickly leaving further damage in its wake.

How is Cracked Tooth Syndrome Detected?

Your dentist can detect it through an examination or x-rays and is your first line of defense when you have a cracked tooth. Early detection may offer you the opportunity to treat your tooth with a less invasive procedure such as a dental filling. This is why it's important to visit your dentist consistently for check-ups. Every six months is the standard recommendation for healthy patients.

How is Your Cracked Tooth Treated?

Early detection will allow you to treat your tooth with a dental filling or crown. A filling will repair a hole or fracture, while a crown is designed to fit over your entire tooth structure for larger repairs. If your fracture progresses, it could lead to an infection, which would require root canal therapy to preserve your tooth. It's always best to be proactive about treating your tooth as soon as possible.

If you suspect your tooth may be cracked or your restoration is broken down, contact Drs. Smith and Domingue to schedule your appointment and determine the best course of action for your tooth.