Frequently Asked Questions

How many checkups and cleanings do I need a year?

Generally, Dr. Lesem recommends that attending two checkups and two cleanings a year (or one every six months) is the goal to strive for. However, some patients will require more diligent maintenance to uphold their oral health, such as those with periodontal (gum) disease or tooth enamel that is excessively sensitive to decay. We will be sure to let you know if we think you fall into this category.

My teeth look worn-down and damaged, and I don’t know why. Can you help me?

This is a common sign of bruxism (teeth grinding/clenching), which is likely to occur during sleep while patients are blissfully unaware. If these symptoms are combined with chronic jaw pain or constant headaches, they may even signal that you’re experiencing TMJ disorder. These conditions can harm your overall quality of life, but they don’t have to be permanent with Dr. Lesem’s skilled assistance. She can design the ideal oral appliance or splint (also known as a “nightguard”) to help protect teeth and cushion the jaw against aggravating contact.

What’s the right tooth replacement solution for me?

Dr. Lesem can discuss several potential solutions, including dental implants, dental bridges, or a full or partial denture. However, there is no one treatment that’s “right” for every single patient in need. That’s why we ask that you schedule a consultation at our New Orleans, LA location. Here, Dr. Lesem will carefully inspect your unique smile, listen to your personal goals, and make a personalized recommendation.

Will my restorative work from your office look natural?

Absolutely! We offer tooth-colored fillings, as well as metal-free crowns, inlays, onlays, and other restorations that are designed to be a precise match for your original tooth enamel. All of our restorative and replacement options are completely customized to suit your particular smile.

I want to improve my smile’s appearance. Can you help?

Of course. Dr. Lesem always loves transforming smiles! Schedule your one on one consultation with Dr. Lesem today to get started.

Do you see dental emergencies?

We do our best to treat patients in need of emergency care as soon as we possibly can. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, call our office at (504) 286-3880.

Do you accept my insurance?

We accept most insurance plans, including those from Entergy, Ochsner, Touro, City of New Orleans, Children’s Hospital and numerous other employers here in New Orleans! To learn more, please visit our new patients page.

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