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Root Canals--Not as Scary as They Sound!

If any procedure gets a bad reputation around the dental office, it’s root canals. One of the reasons for that is that the symptoms leading up to a root canal procedure can be quite painful and severe. Root canals are necessary when an infection exists inside your tooth, so you can imagine that having an infection that close to your nerve could be very uncomfortable!

This is where the bad reputation comes in. When patients come to us with an infected tooth, they are often already in pain. In fact, sometimes patients wait until the pain reaches a level where they cannot handle it at all anymore. Sometimes, by the time ...

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Are Your Dentures a Drag?

Even though people don’t talk about them as much as they used to, partial and full dentures are still one of the most effective tooth replacement options available. Dentures have been around for centuries in one form or another and their functionality as well as appearance has improved dramatically over time.

Partial Dentures Lafayette LADentures can help you maintain adequate nutrition, maintain your facial appearance, help you speak correctly, and give you confidence. We make quality complete, partial, and implant supported dentures in our Lafayette, LA dental office. 

Do you feel like your dentures don’t fit as well as they used to? It is common for ...

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Do You Want to Forget about Your Dental Appointment?

We often hear about patients who dread visiting our office. Don’t worry! We don’t take it personally. We understand that patients avoid the dentist and or even fear the dentist for many reasons. Sometimes you may have had a negative experience in the past or maybe you don’t even know why you start to feel anxious. It’s ok; you are not alone. Millions of Americans feel exactly the same way you do. That is why we decided to offer sedation dentistry in our Lafayette, LA dental office.

sedation dentistry LafayetteDo you want to forget all about your appointment? We offer a wide variety of sedation ...

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Why Laser Dentistry is Great for Our Patients

At our office, we carefully consider the benefits of new technology before we invest our time and money into it. Instead of jumping on every new gimmick, we carefully weigh how technology might make dentistry easier and more comfortable for our patients. We focus on results and how to increase treatment success and longevity, providing greater value to our patients.

When we decided to offer laser dentistry, we looked at the benefits from a patient standpoint and came up with a few main reasons why laser dentistry is great for our patients.

Preserving Your Tooth Structure

The old method of decay removal involved taking some healthy tooth structure in order to ensure that ...

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June is National Men's Health Month

Did you know that men are more likely to suffer from oral health conditions than women? That’s because fewer men report going to the dentist regularly and are less likely to brush and floss regularly than women. According to the American Dental Association, men between the ages of 30-54 are a third more likely to have periodontal (gum) disease than women of the same age and that number rises with age. 

Is it a coincidence, then, that men have a higher rate of heart attacks and cardiovascular conditions? Given the link between periodontal disease and heart attacks, these statistics paint a bleak picture for men who do not care for their ...

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Dental Implants and Cosmetic Dentistry

If you have missing teeth and you are thinking of having cosmetic dentistry, chances are we will discuss dental implants at some point during the planning phase of your treatment. At our Lafayette, LA dental office, we are experts at placing and restoring dental implants. Even if you never thought you could have dental implants, we provide bone grafting and implant placement for some of the toughest cases with outstanding success.

When you have missing teeth, dental implants are by far the best option for replacement. They provide stability in not only your bite but also your bone. This can preserve the integrity and density of your jawbone and your facial ...

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Periodontal Disease Instances Surpass Diabetes

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), more than half of all Americans do not receive regular dental care. Given that information, it should be no surprise to hear that instances of periodontal (gum) disease are on the rise. In fact, periodontal disease has surpassed diabetes in numbers of people infected in the US.

Additionally, scientists discovered links between periodontal disease and all of the top chronic diseases that cause death: heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, and asthma. Exactly how each of these links relate to one another is still being studied, but what is known is that people with gum disease are more likely to die suddenly from one ...

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