General Treatment

Our New Orleans dentist office can provide a wide range of dental services. Drs. Richard often recommend multidisciplinary dentistry    (using specialists if needed) for our patients and we will coordinate all appointments for you .

Dental Examination

We will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums, specifically looking for any potential problems. Depending on the patient, X-rays may be taken. If there are any signs of decay or other problems, we will recommend treatment options and make notes of any conditions that may need future observation. Oral hygiene instructions will also be provided along with suggestions to help you care for your teeth.

Routine Teeth Cleanings

Twice a year, you should schedule a routine dental cleaning. During this visit, our dental hygienist, Molly, will remove plaque from your teeth, especially from places where your brush can't reach, such as underneath the gum line and between teeth. She will then clean your teeth and apply fluoride to help protect your teeth once you leave the office.

Fillings

"Fillings" replace damaged or decayed tooth structure with a restorative material. 

  • White fillings: After much research, some new tooth-colored materials have been developed that are stronger, longer-lasting and more aesthetically pleasing to our patients. These high technology tooth-colored fillings bond directly to the tooth, strengthening it by restoring most of its original shape. The fillings are be custom-colored to match your teeth to help give you the most natural-looking smile possible.

Crowns

A crown is a custom-made covering that fits over an original tooth that is either decayed, damaged or cracked. Crowns are made of a of different materials such as high strength porcelain and gold.

The treatment plan for a patient receiving a crown usually involves:

  • Numbing the tooth to remove the decay in or around it
  • Re-sculpturing the tooth to provide an ideal fit for the crown
  • Making a physical or digital impression of your teeth in order to create the custom-made crown
  • Making a temporary crown out of acrylic resin and fitting it to the tooth while the custom crown is being made
  • Removing the temporary crown and fitting the custom-made one onto the tooth
  • Ensuring that the crown has the proper look, fit and function and cementing it into place

New technologies have greatly reduced the time needed to make strong, natural-looking crowns. Once the procedure is completed, proper care should be taken to ensure the crown remains in good condition and the teeth and gums are healthy. Given proper care, your crowns can last a lifetime!

Bridges

A bridge is a dental device that is used to replace a missing tooth. Replacing the missing tooth is necessary to prevent the shifting of teeth, to fix bite problems and to ensure the strength and integrity of the surrounding teeth.

A fixed rather than a removable bridge is the more popular, and consists of a filler tooth attached to two crowns in order to hold the bridge in place. In many cases, the patient chooses an implant over a fixed bridge to replace a missing tooth. If the patient is not a candidate for using an implant, the use of a fixed bridge is the standard of care.

Regardless of your needs, we have a solution to replace missing teeth which will work best for you!

Root Canals

A root canal is a procedure that extracts decayed tissue from inside a tooth, reshapes the canal and replaces it with strengthened filler. There are a number of reasons a root canal may be necessary, including dental injuries, severe decay and infection or inflammation in the tooth pulp. When left untreated, these problems can cause extensive damage to the tooth structure and surrounding bone.

Root canals can typically be completed in one visit, although more extensive cases may require another appointment. After the root canal therapy is completed, the treated tooth will require a crown.

Tooth Extractions

An extraction is the complete removal of a tooth. Extractions are sometimes necessary if:

  • A primary tooth is preventing the normal eruption of a permanent tooth
  • The tooth has suffered extensive tooth decay or trauma that cannot be repaired
  • The patient has advanced gum disease
  • The tooth is impacted – this is usually the case with the third molars, or “wisdom teeth,” as they erupt years after the other teeth and often have insufficient room in the jaw

Depending on the complexity of the case, an extraction can be performed fairly quickly and simply. The use of local anesthesia and, at times, in combination with nitrous oxide analgesia are used to ensure the patient is comfortable throughout the procedure.