Treatments For Teeth Grinding

Visiting the dentist regularly can improve the health of your smile. For dental concerns like teeth grinding (bruxism), most patients may not even realize they grind their teeth until they visit the dentist. At Barataria Dental in Marrero, LA, Dr. Maria R. Burmaster, and Dr. Valerie R. Hemphill offer a wide range of treatments for patients who have experienced tooth damage due to teeth grinding. Dr. Burmaster and Dr. Hemphill are trained to spot the signs of teeth grinding and provide the right treatment for your smile.  If you are experiencing signs of bruxism, contact Barataria Dental in Marrero, LA. 

Teeth Grinding

You may not realize you grind your teeth, but you may experience some of the symptoms associated with teeth grinding. The symptoms of teeth grinding may include:

  • Headaches or migraines (especially in the morning)
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Jaw pain or tenderness
  • Tooth enamel damage
  • Broken filling or crowns

Treating teeth grinding depends on factors like the extent of damage to the teeth, underlying dental concerns, and your overall oral health. After a detailed examination, Dr. Burmaster or Dr. Hemphill can create a treatment plan based on your needs. 

Treatment Options for Teeth Grinding:

  • Mouthguard: Mouthguards are a common treatment for patients who grind their teeth. Dr. Burmaster and Dr. Hemphill can create a custom-made mouthguard that helps keep the teeth protected and minimizes teeth grinding.
  • Orthodontics. Orthodontics may be the right solution for patients with misaligned or crooked teeth. Dr. Burmaster and Dr. Hemphill can offer Invisalign for patients with moderate to mild misaligned or crooked teeth. If a more advanced treatment is needed, Dr. Burmaster and Dr. Hemphill may work with a local orthodontist to coordinate treatment. 
  • Restorative  Dentistry: Restorative dentistry treatments can be used to address damaged or worn teeth.
  • Bite Equilibrium: Treatment requires making some adjustments to the teeth so that they fit together properly and eliminate stress and pressure to the teeth and jaw.


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Oral Cancer Screening

oral cancer screening Marrero LA This month we are going to highlight the importance of knowing your oral cancer risk and make sure you have a routine dental appointment scheduled with Dr. Maria Burmaster or Dr. Valerie R. Hemphill. Our comprehensive exams include routine screening for complex dental problems, including which includes an oral cancer screening.

Oral cancer is a rapidly increasing health concern. Knowing the signs of oral cancer can help you get the treatment you need. Scheduling preventive care exams can help save your life. Catching oral cancer early may give patients the treatment they need to improve the quality of their overall health.  At Barataria Dental in Marrero, LA, Dr. Burmaster, and Dr. Hemphill perform an oral cancer screening as part of preventive dental care to look for the early warning signs of oral cancer.

Understanding and spotting the possible signs of oral cancer can lead to an early diagnosis, but in many cases, they can go unnoticed until a thorough examination by Dr. Burmaster or Dr. Hemphill reveals subtle changes in the soft tissues of the mouth which can be a possible sign of oral cancer.

Possible signs of oral cancer

  • Sores or patches in the mouth
  • A sore throat
  • Lump in the back of the mouth or neck area
  • Difficulty or painful swallowing

Spotting oral cancer in the early stages is extremely important because late stage disease is often very difficult to treat and cure. Be sure to visit Barataria Dental in Marrero, LA twice a year for preventive dental care and a screening for the signs of oral cancer. Dr. Burmaster and Dr. Hemphill can also discuss the risk factors associated with oral cancer.

Oral cancer risk factors

  • Smoking or tobacco use
  • Family history of cancer
  • Exposure to HPV 

Oral cancer screening is just another great reason to be sure that you visit our Marrero, LA dentist office twice a year. Preventive dental care not only supports a good quality of life, but may be life saving!

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What To Do In Case Of A Dental Emergency

Dental emergencies can happen to anyone at any time. They are particularly frustrating in that they require a visit to an emergency dentist, which is sometimes hard to find at any given hour. Emergency rooms can are equipped to handle a variety of emergency issues, but very rarely are they able to handle dental emergencies. In an emergency situation, it is imperative that you get the care you need as soon as possible. It is essential to contact an emergency dentist and at least get an opinion on if immediate attention is necessary and schedule an appointment.

At Barataria Dental in Marrero, LA, Dr. Maria Burmaster, and Dr. Valerie Hemphill offer a range of emergency dental service to get you the dental treatment you need. We encourage patients to contact our Marrero, LA dental office as soon as possible. 

Types of Dental Emergencies

Tooth Knocked Out   A tooth can come out from trauma, eating or because it was a vulnerable tooth that possibly underwent a procedure before the emergency. In these cases, a dentist must be seen within the hour or the tooth may not be restorable.  If necessary, call on the way to the dentist to ensure that they are ready for you. Time is of the utmost importance.

Infection or Abscess   An oral infection or tooth abscess can be a dangerous condition. Tooth pain and facial swelling are some of the symptoms. There is also the possibility of fever. Contact a dentist immediately so that the infection can be properly drained.  If necessary, the infected tooth removed and an antibiotic administered. Under no circumstances should one drain the infection at home. Luckily, if no emergency dentist is available, an emergency room staff can get the infection under control until a dentist can deal with the cause.

Other Dental Emergencies

Toothaches, broken teeth, lost fillings, and detached crowns are all dental emergencies that can be very painful. In some cases, they can lead to infection, which should be treated as soon as possible. In other cases, a dentist may advise the patient to wait until morning during regular office hours.

The key is to contact a dentist to get advice.  In nearly all dental emergencies, there is significant pain. If the pain is unbearable, it may be possible to get a prescription for pain relievers until the necessary procedures can be done. Physicians, dentists, and emergency room staff can help with this.

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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.

Request a Consultation

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.

Schedule a Consultation

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.

Schedule A Consultation

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.

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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