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Bone Grafting: What It Is and When We Might Recommend It

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Are you struggling to manage life with a missing tooth?

When you can't properly chew your food, eating becomes challenging. When you feel embarrassed about the appearance of your smile, it affects your confidence.

Perhaps you've considered dental implants to restore your smile, but you've been told you're not a good candidate for them. Bone grafting might be the solution you need, and Drs. Smith and Domingue can help you.

Bone Grafting 101

Dental implants require that the patient has enough healthy bone structure for proper support. Many dentists will tell you that dental implants aren't right for you if you don't have enough bone support. At our practice, our dentists have extensive experience ...

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Perio-Implantitis Explained

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Dental implants are widely considered the best way to replace missing teeth. There are a number of benefits to dental implants, including the fact that they are not prone to tooth decay. Overall, dental implants are not particularly prone to complications either—except for the slight risk of peri-implantitis.

U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health reports that a study they conducted showed three-fourths of patients studied showed no sign of peri-implantitis.

Although unusual, perio-implantitis does happen, particularly with patients who have had dental implants for the long-term. If you are a dental implants recipient in Lafayette, LA, there are facts you should know about this condition.

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Cosmetic Issues Fixed That Can Be Fixed with Dental Crowns

Dental Crowns Lafayette LA

Many of us have gotten dental crowns to fix a tooth that has a very large filling that is failing or to strengthen a tooth after a root canal procedure. But dental crowns can also be used in cosmetic dentistry.

Dental crowns are used to improve how a tooth looks, and there is the added benefit of making the tooth stronger and preventing any more problems for the tooth.

Curious about the cosmetic uses for dental crowns in Lafayette, LA? Let’s take a look at some of the reasons crowns are used primarily for esthetics.

Cosmetic Reasons for Dental Crowns

Those who find themselves dealing with the following situations might find that a dental ...

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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 ...

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Financial Options for Dental Implants

Financial Options for Dental Implants

Living with a missing or failing tooth is a challenge! You may find it difficult to chew and eat the healthy foods you once enjoyed because of your compromised tooth. It may also feel embarrassing talking or smiling in front of others. Dental implants in Lafayette, LA can help restore your smile and protect your oral health, but how can you fit the investment into your budget, and is it worth it?

Why Should I Invest in Dental Implants?

When you're missing a tooth it greatly impacts your oral health because your bone begins to deteriorate and your remaining teeth will start to shift. Without a root to support, your bone will ...

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Bad Breath? Here's What You Need to Know

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If you’ve been told you have bad breath, once you recovered from the embarrassment of it, you probably have wondered what to do about it.

First you should take a trip to your dentists in Lafayette, LA, Drs. Smith and Domingue, to determine if there is something serious going on. Gum disease can often present as bad breath that just won’t go away—regardless of how many times you brush or how much mouthwash you use.

Once you’ve ruled out gum disease or another oral health issue, here are three steps you can take to make sure your breath is more fresh than foul.

How to Avoid Bad Breath

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Dental Conditions Corrected with Veneers

Lafayette LA Veneers

Did you know that people who have a beautiful smile are perceived as happier, more confident, and more successful? Did you realize your teeth were this powerful?

It's surprising what a huge impact a beautiful smile can make! If you'd like to make improvements to your teeth, your cosmetic dentist in Lafayette, LA can help. Here are some of the dental conditions we can correct with porcelain veneers:

What Is a Porcelain Veneer?

Best described as a thin layer of porcelain, a dental veneer is bonded directly to your natural tooth structure, making it ideal for repairing a number dental issues such as:

  • Gaps and spacing between teeth
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Staining and discoloration
  • Chips, fractures, and wear
  • Misshapen ...

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