Healthy Smiles are Beautiful Smiles

cosmetic dentistry new orleans laAt Barataria Dental we believe that a beautiful smile is a healthy smile. New Orleans cosmetic dentists Dr. Maria Burmaster and Dr. Valerie Hemphill begin cosmetic dentistry by ensuring a stable bite and restoring health to the teeth and gums. Both highly trained, our dentists have an artistic eye for balanced aesthetics and natural results.

Beautiful Smiles in New Orleans

Whether you want whiter teeth, or need to replace a missing tooth, our dental care team can help you regain your confidence in your smile. Our team provides patients with one-on-one cosmetic consultations to help build a treatment plan that will restore your oral health and build the smile of your dreams. We always take the time to explain each needed treatment and how it will benefit you. Barataria Dental offers a full range of cosmetic dental treatments for comprehensive dental care.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments

Cosmetic dentistry is important for more than just making a beautiful smile. Cosmetic dentistry can help patients improve their confidence and their quality of life. Many patients experiencing cosmetic dental concerns do not realize the impact they may have on their oral health. Issues such as chipped, cracked, or missing teeth can develop into advanced dental health problems needing complex restorative dentistry. For conservative dental care, early diagnosis and treatment are essential.

Scheudle A Consultation

If you are considering cosmetic dentistry to enhance your smile, contact Barataria Dental. We are proud to be serving new and returning patients in the New Orleans area. Contact our New Orleans dentist office or schedule a consultation online.

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Dental Implants for Missing Teeth

Patient Being Examined By DentistAre you looking for a permanent, natural-looking solution to replace your missing teeth? Whether you are missing one tooth, or feel frustrated with ill-fitted dentures, dental implants can restore the function, health, and beauty to your natural smile. Marrero, LA dentists Dr. Maria Burmaster and Dr. Valerie Ribando work closely with oral surgeons to provide their patients with the most lifelike dental restoration for replacing lost teeth.

Are Dental Implants Right For Me?

Many patients will be successful candidates for the dental implant procedure. To determine if you are eligible for the surgical procedure, your Barataria Dental dentist will complete a thorough oral health exam and comprehensive evaluation of your oral health. Our Marrero, LA dentist office does provide alternatives for replacing missing teeth. Your dentist will help you determine what dental restoration will be best meet your oral health goals.

Benefits of Dental Implants

  • Superior durability and longevity
  • Better preservation of bone structure
  • Virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth
  • Eat, drink and speak comfortably without special restrictions or risk of slippage
  • Improve the appearance of the face by adding fullness to lips and cheeks

Replace Missing Teeth

Left untreated, missing teeth can begin to deteriorate your oral health. Your remaining teeth may shift, your jaw bone can begin to recede or breakdown, and you are at a higher risk of developing gum disease. Missing teeth make it more difficult to eat and speak and cause a decrease in self-confidence. A healthy and beautiful smile are essential for a higher quality of life. With today’s dental technology, Dr. Burmaster and Dr. Ribando can restore your natural-looking and highly functional smile. Healthy teeth and gums build a healthy oral foundation for lifelong smiles.

Schedule An Appointment

If you are missing a tooth or many teeth it is best to seek treatment as soon as possible. Early treatment can help prevent the development of advanced dental concerns and allows for conservative treatment planning. Biannual dental checkups can help keep your oral health in check. Our regular dental exams include a professional dental cleaning and comprehensive exam of your face, neck, teeth and gums to allow for early diagnosis of any advanced dental health concerns. Contact Barataria Dental or schedule your appointment online.

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Do Not Tollerate Bad Breath!

Unbelievable news!Is your persistent bad breath keeping you back from living your life to the fullest? Bad breath can be embarrassing, and if it does not go away with a thorough brushing and flossing, it may be an indicator of a more serious condition. Whether an oral health or systemic health concern, your bad breath could be trying to tell you something. Marrero LA dentists Dr. Maria Burmaster and Dr. Valerie Ribando encourage patients with chronic halitosis to schedule a dental health exam to get to the root of your bad breath.

So what could you bad breath be saying about your health? Bad breath could be a symptom of either an oral health concern or a systemic health condition. Dr. Burmaster and Dr. Ribando will refer you to a medical doctor if they believe that your halitosis may be caused by diabetes, lung infection, kidney or liver condition or a gastrointestinal problem. If the root of your halitosis is an oral health concern, our Barataria dental care team can help you address the problem so you can enjoy your optimal oral health.

  • Cavities- Untreated, tooth decay can cause a strong smell. Caught early, tooth decay can be treated with a dental filling. Advanced tooth decay may require a root canal procedure or tooth extraction to restore your oral health. Dr. Burmaster and Dr. Ribando are highly trained and experienced in restorative dentistry and provide personalized treatment plans for all of their patients.
  • Dry Mouth- Dry mouth is caused by a lack of saliva productions in your mouth. Without a healthy saliva flow, food debris and bacteria can build up causing bad breath and ultimately tooth decay or even gum disease. Our Barataria dentists can help you get a handle on your dry mouth.
  • Oral Hygiene – Brushing and flossing twice a day is essential for maintaining your oral health. Brushing and flossing help to remove plaque and tartar build up. Oral hygiene can help prevent the development of a range of dental and health concerns. If you have questions about what oral hygiene products are right for your oral health needs, our Marrero dental care team will be happy to assist you.

Schedule An Appointment

Biannual dental checkups can help keep your oral health in check. Our regular dental exams include a professional dental cleaning and comprehensive exam of your face, neck, teeth and gums to allow for early diagnosis of any advanced dental health concerns. Contact Barataria Dental or schedule your appointment online.

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Your Have Options : Teeth Whitening

Cosmetic Dentistry, Marrero, LAEveryone should feel confident in their smile. Our smiles are one of our best attributes and when healthy and bright, can improve the quality of your lives. Discoloration and stains on your teeth are a normal part of aging. Marrero LA dentists Dr. Maria Burmaster and Dr. Valerie Ribando offer options to set back the clock on your smile. Barataria Dental teeth whitening treatment options can take years off your smile and restore your confidence.

Your teeth can become discolored for many different reasons. Beverages and foods high in acidity, or dark in colors such as coffee and wine can stain your teeth when frequently consumed. Smoking and enamel wear can also make the teeth appear yellow. Dark stains may be caused by certain medications and could require additional cosmetic treatments to whiten. Our Barataria dental care team will help you to determine the cause of your stains

Professional teeth whitening treatments are more effective and create less sensitivity than over the counter options. The whitening gel used at Barataria Dental is specially designed for faster and more accurate results. Dr. Burmaster and Dr. Ribando will help you achieve your desired results for your brightest and whitest smile with custom fit gel trays. Custom fit gel trays allow for a more even and secure distribution of gel for more effective whitening.

Teeth Whitening Marrero, LA

So that we may offer the most personalized dental care, Barataria Dental offers three different options for professional teeth whitening. During your consultation, Dr. Ribando or Dr. Burmaster will help you to determine what treatment will best fit your goals, budget, and provide optimal results.

  • EZ White: EZ White can whiten teeth up to 8 shades in just one hour. EZ White provides lasting whitening results for your entire mouth.
  • Zoom Quick Pro: If you are looking for quick results at an affordable price, Zoom Quick Pro may be the teeth whitening option for you. Zoom Quick Pro can whiten your teeth up to 4 shades in just ten minutes. Ask your Marrero dentist about our post-dental cleaning whitening deal for a great offer on Zoom Quick Pro teeth whitening.
  • At Home Trays: Many patients chose the convenience of at home whitening trays. Our Barataria dental team will take molds of your teeth and fabricate custom fit whitening trays for your best whitening results. The trays can be used for touch ups after the initial treatment is finished.

Schedule An Appointment

To schedule a comprehensive oral exam and professional dental cleaning, and find out which whitening option is right for you, contact Barataria Dental or schedule your appointment online.

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Brush Better

invisalignMarrero LA dentists Dr. Maria Burmaster and Dr. Valerie Ribando want all of their patients to enjoy optimal oral health. Oral health begins with an at home oral hygiene routine. We all know we should brush and floss, but is your routine as effective as it could be?

2 Minute Brush

Most people report only brushing for a brief 45 seconds at a time. That is less than half of the recommended brushing time. Remember to always brush for a full two minutes. Two minutes gives you time to thoroughly brush all surfaces of your teeth, and soft tissues. To make the time go by faster and to be sure you are brushing for a full two minutes, put on your favorite two minute song, or, set a timer.

New Brush

Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months, or sooner if the bristles begin to ware. Replacing your toothbrush frequently is important for several reasons. New bristles clean better and are more effective at removing debris from your mouth. Replacing your toothbrush also helps to keep bacteria at bay. Both bacteria from your mouth and airborne particles begin to build up on the bristles of your toothbrush, replacing your brush helps keep your bacteria exposure to a minimum.

Gently Brush

There is no need to brush vigorously. Brushing harder has no proven advantages over brushing gently. Brushing too hard can irritate your gums and may erode the protective enamel on your teeth. Gentle and deliberate brushing will help to remove debris and bacteria from your smile without agitating your teeth and gums.

Schedule Regular Visits to Our Marrero Dentist Office

Visiting the dentist twice a year is important even if you feel as though your mouth is healthy. With recent studies showing the intimate connection between body and oral health, there is now more emphasis on preventive oral care for improved overall health.
Visiting our Marrero dentist office twice a year can help Dr. Ribando and Dr. Burmaster diagnose any complex health concerns early. Early diagnosis allows for conservative treatment to save you time, money and improve your oral health.
To schedule a comprehensive oral exam and professional dental cleaning, or to discuss a specific oral health concern, contact Barataria Dental.

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Fact or Fiction Diabetes Quiz

periodonticMore Americans are being diagnosed with diabetes every year. A growing health concern, diabetes affects more than just your blood sugar levels. Diabetes can also lead to complex dental health concerns. Do you know how diabetes can take a toll on your gums and teeth? Take Marrero, LA Barataria Dental’s oral health quiz to test your knowledge on diabetes affects on your oral health.

Fact or Fiction : Diabetes And Your Oral Health, New Orleans

1.Fact or Fiction: Diabetes can reduce my natural production of saliva.

2.Fact or Fiction: Gum disease is more common in patients diagnosed with diabetes.

3.Fact or Fiction: White patches on my tongue and cheeks are normal.

4.Fact or Fiction: Diabetes may lead to increased cavity development.

1.Fact. Saliva production can be restricted due to diabetes. A lack of saliva may cause dry mouth which is closely linked to increased tooth decay. Staying well hydrated, brushing and flossing and chewing sugar free gum can help stimulate saliva production and keep your gums and teeth healthy.

2.Fact. Gum disease is more common in those with diabetes. Your body’s ability to fight off the bacteria infection that causes gum disease may be compromised due to diabetes. Barataria Dental offers treatment options for those with all stages of gum disease and work closely with a local periodontist for advanced cases. Gum disease is a serious oral health concern that is also linked to systemic health problems.

3.Fiction. White patches may be a sign you have developed Thrush. Thrush is a fungal infection of your cheeks and gums. Patients with diabetes may be more susceptible to Thrush due to their inability to fight off the fungus. Be sure to visit our Marrero dentist office to be treated for Thrush.

4.Fact. Some patients may see an increase in tooth decay and cavities if diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes causes an increase in sugar in your saliva that can breed plaque. Dry mouth is another side effect of diabetes that may lead to tooth decay.

Dr. Maria Burmaster and Dr. Valerie Ribando encourage all patients to visit the dentist at least twice a year. If you are diagnosed with diabetes, visiting the dentist can help you avoid developing serious dental health concerns. Drs. Burmaster and Ribando can help you develop a dental care plan to maintain your healthy, functional and beautiful smile.

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Cosmetic Veneers

VaneersAs you age you may develop cosmetic concerns about the appearance of your teeth. Your overall oral health is important and it starts with a functional, healthy and beautiful smile. If you have teeth that are discolored or damaged or are embarrassed by a large gap in your teeth, dental veneers may be the cosmetic dental procedure for you. In the past dental restorations could require multiple procedures and take several months to complete. Today, you can have gorgeous porcelain veneers placed on your teeth in just a few short weeks after just 2-3 visits to our Marrero dentist office.

Porcelain Veneers New Orleans LA

What is a porcelain veneer? Porcelain veneers are a custom-fit porcelain cover that is placed over a damaged tooth. Veneer dental restorations are made of a high quality thin porcelain that can be color matched to your natural teeth. The high quality porcelain used for veneers reflects light just as natural tooth enamel does. Most patients can not tell the difference between their veneers and their natural teeth.

Dental Concerns Treated With Porcelain Veneers

Feeling confident in your smile can help improve the quality of your life. Porcelain veneers can treat a variety of cosmetic dental concerns.

  • Gaps and spaces between teeth
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Discolored or stained teeth
  • Uneven or crooked teeth

Custom Fit Veneers

Dr. Maria Burmaster and Dr. Valerie Ribando custom fit each veneer to your teeth to create a comfortable and functional smile. After your porcelain veneers are securely fixed to your teeth, you may resume your normal healthy diet and regular oral hygiene routine.

Veneers are secure and permanent cosmetic procedure. Porcelain veneers are designed to last your lifetime with proper care and maintenance. Porcelain Veneers are naturally resistant to stains, discoloration and damage. Drs. Burmaster and Ribando encourage patients to remain diligent with their oral hygiene routine and regular visits to Barataria Dental dentist office.

Schedule A Consultation

Drs. Burmaster and Ribando may suggest additional or alternative cosmetic and restorative dental procedures to help meet all of your cosmetic goals. At Barataria Dental in Marrero, our dentist office treats every patient as an individual. During your consultation our dentists will perform a comprehensive oral exam to determine what cosmetic and restorative dental procedures are right for you. We always aim to offer the most conservative treatment options that will protect your oral health and create your most beautiful and natural looking smile.

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Halloween Candy And Your Teeth

Halloween candy and your teeth, Marrero, LAThe scariest part of Halloween is the damage all that candy does to your teeth! Spooky plaque feeds off sugar, allowing it to rapidly spread and take over your mouth. Plaque buildup can cause gum disease, bad breath, sensitive teeth, and even tooth decay. Remember, plaque build up is like a ghost! Permanent effects of plaque are not immediately noticeable, but over a lifetime can cause serious and complex dental health concerns.

Marrero, LA Dentists Dr. Maria R. Burmaster and Dr. Valerie R. Hemphill have some “tricks and treats” for you to moderate your sugar intake this Halloween. By making a few compromises and alterations, you can still have a spooktacular Halloween, and keep your smile healthy all winter long!

Pick Your Poison: If you can’t resist the ghoulish temptation of the candy, try to drink water instead of soda or sugary juice. Less sugar is always better, and the water will help flush out the sugar.

Plan Your Scare: Eat candy after a meal when saliva production is already increased, helping to move that plaque building sugar instead of lingering around in your mouth. Remember to rinse or brush your teeth after enjoying your sweet treat.

Trick with Treats: Make grapes eyeballs, and carrots zombie fingers! Turn healthy snacks into creepy treats! Always offer healthy alternatives at gatherings and parties, but dress them up for Halloween, kids won’t even realize they are eating healthy!

Avoid Braces Busters: Don’t let sticky and hard candies ruin all that hard work you put into straightening your teeth! If you or your kids have braces, make sure you steer clear of any taffy or sucking candies. Hard candies can get stuck and even break expensive braces. If you have any questions about what you can and can’t enjoy this holiday with your braces make sure to contact Barataria Dental.

Family dentists Drs. Burmaster and Hemphill also always recommend maintaining your healthy oral hygiene habits especially as the busy holiday season picks up. Brush and floss twice a day and make sure to come in for your regular dental cleanings and a comprehensive oral health screening. Schedule your appointment today!

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Oral Health And Aging

Oral health and aging, Marrero, LA Marrero, LA Dentists Dr. Maria R. Burmaster and Dr. Valerie R. Hemphill emphasize the importance of striving to keep your natural teeth healthy for as long as possible to enjoy the best quality of life. Modern advances in both materials and technology in the dental field have made it possible to retain our natural teeth and a functional smile longer than ever before.

This means that maintaining consistent oral hygiene and routine dental checkups throughout our lifetime play a key role in our overall health and well-being. Keeping your smile healthy by taking advantage of all that modern dentistry can offer will provide you your best quality of life.

There are important considerations for your oral health as you age and Drs. Burmaster and Hemphill offer comprehensive care to address your concerns and help you maintain optimal oral health and meet your cosmetic goals for a natural looking smile.

Later in life, our gums may recede, exposing the root surfaces of our teeth. Gum recession can be caused by a number of factors, including trauma, periodontal disease, vigorous brushing, and genetic predisposition. Root exposure is problematic mainly because root surfaces are covered by a material called cementum, which is much softer than enamel and more susceptible to decay. In addition, certain medications can limit the flow of saliva, which is protective against cavities.

For this reason, older patients must take special care to brush and floss daily and visit the dentist regularly to discuss your medical history and ensure that root cavities do not occur. For patients with dentures, regular dental visits are also important, as a dentist can ensure they are fitting well and enabling you to eat and speak properly. We also examine your mouth for signs of periodontal disease and oral cancer, both highly treatable when caught early.

Cosmetic Dentistry for A Lasting Smile

We understand that aesthetics are also important to our older adult patients and offer cosmetic dental procedures that can keep your smile looking beautiful at any age.

Throughout our lives, our teeth may begin to darken due to staining or may abrade due to certain habits, such as teeth grinding. Teeth whitening and porcelain veneers are both great options for adult and senior patients who desire to improve the look of their smile.

If you have any questions about specific oral health concerns or would like to enhance your smile with cosmetic dentistry, contact Drs. Burmaster and Hemphill in our Marrero, LA dentist office.

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Causes Of Toothaches

Toothache, Marrero, LA
No matter how careful and thorough you are with maintaining your daily oral care, at some point in your life you will probably experience the pain and discomfort of a toothache. Although a cavity is normally the cause, tooth decay is only one of the several triggering factors of tooth pain or discomfort.

Tooth Sensitivity
If you experience pain when you eat or drink hot or cold food and beverages, it could signal a cavity. It could also be a sign that you have sensitive teeth, either from thinning tooth enamel or receding gums. These are common side effects of aging, lifestyle habits or can be caused by other health concerns. In addition to discussing your concerns with Dr. Maria R. Burmaster and Dr. Valerie R. Hemphill during your next routine preventive care visit, try using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth as this may help ease the symptoms.

Severe Toothaches
If the pain of your toothache is sudden, sharp and stabbing, the cause may be related to a cavity or cracked tooth. However, if you experience a throbbing, constant pain when you bite down on your food, you may have an abscessed tooth or an infection that should be taken care right away. Contact our Washington, DC dentist office as soon as possible to schedule a visit.

Might Not Even Be Your Teeth
A less common cause of a toothache is a sinus infection. If you have pain in the upper teeth on both sides of the jaw, a sinus infection could be the cause. This type of toothache is usually combined with nasal congestion and tenderness around the eyes, forehead and sinuses.

If your ache is more identifiable as jaw pain, it may be caused by a Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). Bite problems like TMJ can be triggered by malocclusion, a jaw injury, arthritis, or tooth grinding. Wisdom teeth that have not been removed could also cause jaw pain and toothaches.

Prevent Tooth Pain

Good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent a toothache and other common oral health concerns. To reduce your risk for developing decay, gum disease or other common causes of a toothache be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss at least once a day, and visit Drs. Burmaster and Hemphill regularly for oral examinations and a professional dental cleaning.

Been away from the dentist? Contact our Washington, DC dentist office to schedule a visit and restore a healthy smile.

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