Unraveling the Myths of Root Canals


Did you know that the pain associated with root canals comes from the infections itself?

It is true, patients who receive a root canal typically experience little to no discomfort during their treatment. Many patients even feel relief from pain after their procedure because the diseased pulp has been removed from their tooth. 

Severe toothaches, prolonged tooth sensitivity or discoloration of a tooth may be indicators that you are experiencing root canal decay. Root canal infections occur when the pulp inside your tooth becomes diseased or begins to decay. This inflamed pulp is what causes the uncomfortable side effects of a root canal.  Root canal decay can be extremely painful and will deteriorate your overall oral health if left untreated. 

Marrero, LA dentists Drs. Maria Burmaster and Valerie Hemphill offer their skilled expertise and precise care for the treatment of tooth decay. Root canal procedures are a routine treatment that actually relieves patients from pain associated with the condition.  Root canals are a preferred treatment to a tooth extraction because it helps to maintain the patient’s most natural and stable smile. 

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How does a root canal work?

Root Canals can be performed in one to two visits to our Marrero, LA dentist office. The treatment consists of multiple steps that are usually able to be completed in just one sitting. 

  • A small hole is drilled into the tooth making the tooth pulp accessible.
  • Infected tissue and nerves are removed.
  • The inside of the infected tooth is thoroughly cleaned and polished.
  • If infection exists, antibiotics may be prescribed and the tooth may need to be temporarily sealed until the infection is gone. Patients may need to return to the dentist to have the root canal completed. Once the infection is cleared, your Barataria dentist will permanently fill and seal the tooth.
  • Once clear and cleaned, the clean hollow tooth will be filled with bio-compatible rubber (gutta percha).
  • The tooth is typically secured using a custom-designed dental crown to ensure a durable and long-lasting result. The dental crown protects the root canal treated tooth from future damage.

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If you believe you are suffering from root canal decay schedule a dentist appointment as soon as possible. Treating tooth decay early in development optimizes your chances of being able to preserve your natural tooth. Your Barataria dentist strives to offer you the most conservative dental treatment plan that will fix your dental concern and build a strong foundation for your overall oral health. Click here to request a consultation.

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Above & Beyond Dental Care

Our motto at Barataria Dental is, “above and beyond.” We offer our patients a dentist office experience. Through comprehensive dentistry, we help patients restore the health, function, and the apperance of their smiles. Each patient who visits our dental office receives a comprehensive examination and thorough analysis of the teeth, gums, mouth, jaw joints and muscles. We look to correct functional and aesthetic issues so patients may enjoy their optimal oral health.
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New Orleans, LA dentists Maria Burmaster and Valerie Hemphill help patients with complex dental health concerns regain control over their oral well-being. They are highly trained dentists with years of experience. They use a combination of cosmetic and restorative dental treatments to provide exceptional dental care. We help patients meet their functional and aesthetic dental goals.

Dental Services

We provide a comprehensive range of dental services. Our dental procedures are designed to offer patients the most effective treatment options with the least impact on their natural smile. We are committed to providing conservative dentistry focused on the maintenance and preservation of your most natural smile.

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If you are in the New Orleans area and looking for a highly trained dentist, contact Barataria Dental for a new kind of dental experience. Contact us today to SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION and find out what comprehensive dentistry is all about.

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Healthy Diet for Healthy Teeth

Did you know certain foods can improve the health of your smile? Some foods are effective at cleaning up plaque while some may actually help whiten your smile. Incorporating some of these nutritious foods into your diet can help you enjoy your optimal oral health. Marrero, LA dentist Dr. Maria Burmaster and Dr. Valerie Hemphill suggest a healthy diet as a piece of their patient’s preventative oral health routine.

Foods For Healthy Smiles

  • Cheese: Often criticized for a high-fat content, hard cheese may actually help improve your oral health. Cheese can raise pH levels in your saliva and help fight off the development of cavities. Cheese is also high in calcium and protein for healthy and strong bones. In moderation, cheese can help improve your oral health.
  • Yogurt: Yogurt is packed with calcium, protein, and probiotics. Yogurt’s probiotics can help fight off bad bacteria that are linked to the cause of cavities or gum disease. Also look for yogurt that is unsweetened to avoid eating too much sugar.
  • Leafy Greens: High in calcium, folic acid, and vitamin B, dark leafy greens are nature’s super food. A diet high in vitamin B is known to help pregnant women fight gum disease while offering a full range of other health benefits.
  • Celery: A great source of vitamin A and C and fiber, celery can help improve your oral health. Celery can function like nature’s toothbrush when eaten raw, helping to remove plaque and strengthening your enamel.

Your oral health is directly correlated to your overall health. Healthy teeth can mean a healthy body for an improved quality of life and health. Preventative dental care should consist of many different elements including brushing, flossing, bi-annual dental check ups and a healthy diet. Dr. Maria Burmaster and Dr. Valerie Hemphill offer comprehensive and personalized dental care for their patient’s optimal oral health. To find out what dental treatments can help to restore and rebuild the function, beauty and health of your smile, call our Marrero, LA dentist office to schedule a consultation.

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The Progression of Gum Disease

Proper oral hygiene can help keep your gums healthy and promotes strong teeth and a stable bite. Caring for your gums is essential for a healthy and beautiful smile and is all too often overlooked. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults and can be avoided with diligent oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist office. Marrero, LA dentists Dr. Maria Burmaster and Dr. Valerie Hemphill encourage patients to visit the dentist at least twice a year for gum disease prevention.
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Diagnosing Gum Disease

Gum disease is a progressive oral health concern. The Earliest stage of gum disease is gingivitis. Gingivitis is common amongst adolescents, adults, and pregnant women. You may know that you have gingivitis if your gums are red, swollen or bleed or are painful to brush and floss. Gum disease is caused by a bacterial infection created by plaque and tartar build-up in and around the gums. Gingivitis is reversible and when caught early can be treated with professional teeth cleanings and better at home oral hygiene. Early detection and treatment are essential in avoiding the development of periodontitis, the later stage of gum disease.

Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gum disease that can lead to other complex oral health concerns and systemic health consequences. Periodontist occurs when the plaque bacteria progress and creates deep pockets in the gums line and begins to deterioration the jaw bone. Late-stage gum disease can cause tooth loss, bone recession, and may even spread to the blood stream leading to an increased risk of heart disease and cardiovascular disease.

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Barataria Dental offers thorough periodontal screenings at every appointment. Catching gum disease early can help patients avoid complex dental health concerns and restorative procedures. Periodontal screening is a simple procedure and only takes a few minutes. Routine dental checkups can help you keep your gums and teeth healthy. Regular dental cleanings keep gums free of bacterial build up. Contact our Marrero, LA dentist office to schedule a comprehensive oral health exam today, or, schedule your next visit online.

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Give The Gift of a Beautiful Smile

periodonticWhether you are looking for that last minute gift for father’s day, or a birthday present for mom, Barataria Dental may have just the right thing. Teeth whitening can be a unique gift to give to any adult in your family. Teeth whitening is an affordable and effective cosmetic dental treatment that brightens and whitens any smile. Marrero, LA dentist Dr. Burmaster and Dr. Hemphill offer three teeth whitening options so you can choose which method is right for that special someone.

Teeth Whitening Treatments Marrero, LA

  • EZWhite:If you are looking to dramatically brighten and whiten your teeth in a pinch, EZWHITE can brighten your smile up to 8 shades in just one hour. For just $375 you can whiten a whole set of teeth. Results will be visible immediately after treatment and should be long lasting with proper oral hygiene. A touch up pen is available for purchase to keep your pearly whites bright.
  • ZOOM! Teeth Whitening: ZOOM! Whitening is an in office treatment that is usually performed after a thorough professional dental cleaning. In about 5 to 10 minutes, teeth are up to 4 shades whiter. Barataria Dental offers patients a special cleaning and whitening deal. After a teeth cleaning you can receive ZOOM for only $99. Give the gift of clean, bright, confident smiles!
  • Take Home Whitening: Take home whitening kits allow for the whitening at the convenience and comfort of the patient. Custom whitening trays allow for accurate application of the whitening gel to reduce sensitivity and gum irritation.

Give The Gift of Smiles

Whether you are looking to give a teeth whitening treatment as a gift, or you are looking to whiten your own teeth, or both, give our Marrero, LA dentist office a call.

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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.

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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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