Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Dentistry?
What Is A Dentist?
A dentist is a specialist who has been trained to diagnose, treat, and prevent oral health problems. Dr. Puissegur has completed many years of medical schooling in order to practice dentistry. After schooling a dentist can receive either a DDS or DMD degree. DDS stands for Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and DMD stands for Doctor of Dental Medicine. Some doctors specialize in pediatric dentistry as well, which means that they work with children from infancy up through teenage years. There are other specializations that a dentist may go to school for:
- Oral and maxillofacial (includes pathology, radiology, and surgery)
- Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics
- Endodontics (specialization in root canals)
- Periodontics (specialization in gum disease)
- Prosthodontics (specialization in dental implants)
Are Regular Dental Cleanings Necessary?
Do I Need To See A Dentist Even If My Teeth Feel Fine?
What’s A Dental Cleaning Like At Puissegur Family Dentistry?
Dr. Puissegur will coordinate with your hygienist and recommend a treatment plan for any problems that are found. We’ll also recommend any aesthetic and cosmetic treatments to improve your smile.
Please call our office at (337) 984-9400 to schedule an appointment or if you have any additional questions.
When Should I Change My Toothbrush?
How Do I Know If I Have Gum Disease?
Plaque and bacteria naturally up in a patient’s mouth, and when this buildup is not countered sufficiently with brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings, it can cause gum disease (also called periodontal disease). Risk factors for gum disease include smoking and chewing tobacco, teeth grinding, certain medications, and genetics. Advanced forms of periodontal disease can cause bone and tooth loss as well as permanent damage. Dr. Puissegur recommends brushing and flossing every day and scheduling dental appointments every six months as the best ways to fight gum disease.
Some of the most common signs of periodontal disease are:
- Abscessed teeth
- Extreme tooth sensitivity
- Chronic bad breath
- Loose teeth and or loss of teeth
- Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
- Receding gumline
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please call us as soon as possible. You can reach us at (337) 984-9400 or email us to schedule a consultation. Your dental health is our highest concern.
Do You Accept Dental Insurance?
What Payment Methods Do You Accept?
For your convenience here at Puissegur Family Dentistry we accept cash, check, cashier’s checks, Visa, Master Card, Amex, and Discover. If none of these payment methods suit your needs, we also provide payment plans through our office or third-party financing through Care Credit. If you have any more questions regarding payment methods, please give us a call at (337) 984-9400 and we’ll do our best to find the right solution for you.