General & Preventive Dentistry for Covington Families
Our hygiene department is not necessarily where all our new patients start out, but it’s where we like them to end up. Continuing care is the ultimate goal once all conditions are healthy. We’re often told by our patients that our Comprehensive Exam is the most thorough exam they have experienced.
A number of diagnostic screenings are included in our exam to help identify risk factors for general health related conditions such as headaches and TMJ symptoms and sleep disorders such as apnea and snoring. Digital X-rays, safer than conventional x-rays, offer vivid representation of each tooth’s anatomy, bone structure and nerves. Our Galileos 3D Cone Beam imaging system provides detailed images in panorama x-rays and CT scans. These images allow your doctor to view everything from your jaw joint to the number roots and canals each tooth has.
Magnification Loupes are used by all of our hygienists and doctors when examining and cleaning teeth. Intraoral photography is also used diagnostically to provide a better view of what’s going on around those pearly whites. It lets you see what we see.
Checkups & Cleanings
Regular teeth cleaning is recommended at least every six months for optimum oral health. With diligent maintenance, Dr. Moreau can effectively stop dental problems before they start, or keep small problems from becoming big, expensive ones later on.
Studies have shown a direct correlation between periodontal disease (gum disease) and other medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and low birth weight, premature babies. Regular dentistry examinations can lead to early detection and more successful management of your total health picture. Our non-surgical periodontal (soft-tissue) therapy program carefully documents and monitors the appropriate classification and treatment for your gums at any level of health or disease.
In addition to your regular checkups, we educate our patients on how to keep up their home care with proper, consistent brushing and flossing. When you come to visit us, we tailor your cleaning to your own personal needs and with your comfort and relaxation in mind. Our patients are at ease and actually enjoy their visits to MoreSMILES.
Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatment
Periodontal disease is a very common health condition that is characterized by several concerning symptoms, including the following:
- Oral bleeding that occurs when brushing or flossing
- Excessively swollen, red, or tender gum tissue
- Significant bad breath that isn’t alleviated with brushing/flossing/mouthwash
- A shift in the way your teeth feel/fit together
- Teeth that appear gradually longer over time because of gum recession
Left untreated, this infection can rage out of control, leading to bone deterioration, tooth loss, and even potential complications associated with overall health problems like heart disease, diabetes, and more. At MoreSMILES, Dr. Moreau, Dr. Doyle and the rest of our team will screen for periodontal disease at every routine appointment, and if we determine that you’re in need of treatment, several revitalizing options are available. These include the in-depth cleaning known as scaling and root planning, state-of-the-art soft tissue laser therapy with WaterLase, and healing antibiotic therapy. Our recommendation for your case will depend on the severity of your current condition.
Our team always enjoys seeing families here in the Covington, Mandeville area on the New Orleans Northshore, and we offer a wide variety of services that are designed to benefit smiles of all ages. We’ll always take the time to ensure that your child feels comfortable with us, and Dr. Moreau and Dr. Doyle will be sure to monitor their oral health for the smallest signs of decay, pain, or developmental concerns that need attention. Our goal is to help them on the path towards lifelong oral health as early as possible.
Nightguards for Bruxism
If you’re struggling with constant facial/jaw pain or teeth that seem worn down with no known cause, you may be experiencing bruxism (teeth grinding). This “bad habit” often goes unnoticed for too long because of its tendency to happen while the patient is asleep. If our team notices signs of bruxism during your diagnostic evaluations, we may recommend the use of a customized oral appliance to protect your smile. This “nightguard” is worn comfortably during rest, serving as a barrier that minimizes dangerous contact between teeth and allows you to wake up feeling better than ever.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer is a very serious disease – in fact, studies show that one person dies from it every hour on average. This happens because so many cases aren’t diagnosed properly until they’ve already reached advanced stages, making recovery a difficult process. At MoreSMILES, oral cancer screenings are a vital part of every routine evaluation, and if our doctors locate any concerning signs of potentially cancerous tissue, we can help you arrange a biopsy and further diagnostic help.
Now you can get the dentistry you need without the anxiety many people associate with dental treatment. Sedation dentistry is just as easy as taking a pill. You'll begin to feel drowsy and will no longer be aware of the passing of time. A variety of dental treatments can be done at one time, and you won't even remember the appointment. Dr. Moreau and Dr. Doyle are trained for safe and effective use of oral sedation in-office, and we additionally offer nitrous oxide gas (laughing gas) to relax anxiety and fear.
Performance Athletic Mouth Guards
A custom mouthguard can be made for the upper jaw as a protective barrier in contact sports or as a lower orthotic appliance popular in non-contact sports. It is custom designed for each individual using varying levels of computer scans and muscle relaxation techniques. Dr. Moreau can have custom performance mouth wear made for you. Regardless of which sport you play, and whether you are a professional or amateur, your performance can improve noticeably when you wear a mouth guard.
In 2009, Dr. Moreau was asked by Pure Power Mouthguard (PPM) to help custom fit several of the New Orleans Saints players with neuromuscular mouthguards. Many of the players wore these mouthguards throughout the 2009 season and during Super Bowl XLIV.