Covid-19 Health Update

Acadia Family Dentistry considers the health and safety of our patients and staff as our highest priority. We have implemented some additional precautionary measures apart from the universal precautions to ensure the health and well-being of everyone. Some of these measures are:
  • Scheduling high-risk patients at designated times
  • Subjecting all patients to a temperature scan at the entrance to ensure their temperatures are below 100.4 degrees.
  • Disinfecting reception room, check-in and check-out countertops and bathrooms every hour, and wiping doorknobs and sinks with disinfectant regularly.
  • Hydrogen peroxide rinses provided before treatment begins.
  • All patients will call to notify staff of their arrivals and wait in the car until they are ready to be seen.
  • Removing magazines, toys, and non-essential items from the reception room.
  • Practicing social distancing: which includes no handshaking and hugging.

Dental Filling Procedure in Thibodaux Area Rebuilds Natural Teeth, Conservatively

Dental filling procedure in Thibodaux rebuilds natural teeth, conservatively

A healthy tooth is like a completed jigsaw puzzle. Injuries sustained from contact sports, falls, and other accidents can damage portions of that puzzle. The effects of periodontal disease (or gum disease) and decay can also erode the tooth; instead of a complete tooth, pieces of the tooth are destroyed. We at Acadia Family Dentistry make the tooth “whole” again. We do so with our gentle, conservative, and cost-effective dental filling procedure

From her office in Thibodaux, Dr. Nhu Le repairs damaged tooth structure with composite resin dental material. A mix of high-performance plastic and micro glass-like particles, composite resins look and feel like natural tooth structure. They mimic details about natural tooth material, including how light bounces off of the tooth. Additionally, this type of filling is built to provide lasting strength to the surrounding natural tooth. 

Due to how the filling is placed, the repaired tooth is incredibly strong. The use of composite resin, rather than metals such as silver-colored amalgams, preserves natural tooth structure. There is no better tooth material than enamel. The protective covering of our teeth is actually stronger than skeletal bone! So, the more natural tooth that we can protect, the better off the filled tooth will be over the long term. 

If Dr. Le determines that a filling is appropriate to repair your damaged tooth, she will generally: 

  • Numb the affected tooth precisely with a localized anesthetic – Fillings are very commonplace and straightforward procedures. However, by numbing the tooth, you won’t feel any sensations as the natural tooth is altered. Calming medications can also be discussed if you are nervous about treatment. Our priority is your comfort and stress-free experience! 
  • Shape or “prepare” the natural tooth to “accept” the filing material – This step involves removing bacteria and decay that may be present. We’ll also clean the cavity or treatment site. In this manner, it’s like your tooth is getting a “fresh slate.”
  • Apply the filling material – Unlike indirect restorations, such as amalgam fillings, the composite resin is applied as a color-matched, pliable material directly to the treatment site. One layer of composite is placed on top of another layer, and each layer is hardened by a specialized curing light along the way. Afterward, very small adjustments or refinements are made, and the tooth is polished. So, it can shine in all of its natural brilliance.

The filled tooth will stay sturdy and healthy with good oral care and visits to Acadia Family Dentistry for routine check-ups and cleanings.

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Dr. Nhu Le, DMD

Dr. Nhu Le, DMD - Acadia Family Dentistry

Dr. Nhu Le believes that her patients deserve the best dental care and treats them like family.

She attended high school in Iowa, obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, graduated from dental school at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, South Florida, and completed her General Practice Residency at the Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York. She worked for a group practice in Orlando, Florida for three years before moving to Southeast Louisiana and to New Orleans. She is currently following dental curriculum at Kois Center.

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