Calvin Bessonet, DDS
Well I always wanted to be a dentist since college. I went into LSU as a physical therapy major and spent one day observing another physical therapist doing that and decided it wasn’t something I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing, so I started looked at other options. Right about that time, I broke a tooth. I went in and had it fixed by a dentist in Baton Rouge and I was impressed by his professionalism. I was kind of intrigued by all the equipment and the way he did everything, so I started looking into the profession, and the more I looked into it, the more I liked it. Then I started spending some time in offices volunteering and observing and like I said, the more experience I got the more I liked it, so I applied to dental school. Next thing you know I was in there and the rest is history.
Dr. Calvin Bessonet is dedicated to providing families in his hometown community with quality dental care for a lifetime of healthy, beautiful smiles! He graduated from Ascension Catholic High School in 1994, received his bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University in 1998, and went on to earn his dental degree from Louisiana State University School of Dentistry in 2003.
I grew up in Donaldsonville, which is right across the river. Going through college and dental school, I always new this area was growing. It’s in a good location. It’s close to my home in Donaldsonville, it’s close to Baton Rouge, it’s close to New Orleans. I always had plans to come here. Me and my wife were living in New Orleans when Katrina came through, and that put us here a little quicker than I thought we would be. That’s 10 years ago that we opened our practice here. We recently built this new office and we just moved in 2 months ago. We plan to be here a long time.
Dr. Bessonet is committed to lifelong learning in the dental field and has been recognized by other general dentists as a leader who exemplifies the importance of quality continuing dental education. He completes more than 100 hours of continuing education courses each year. He has participated in an intensive, 400-hour implant and bone regeneration program with the esteemed Dr. Hilt Tatum, one of the pioneers in the field of implant dentistry and inventor of many of the advanced surgical techniques used today. Additionally, advanced training in cosmetic, restorative, and implant dentistry, as well as Invisalign® and traditional braces, allows Dr. Bessonet to work with you on a wide variety of dental concerns, forming a partnership in achieving your optimum oral health.
I’ve always been a CE junkie ever since I’ve been out of dental school. They teach you enough in dental school to become what we call a safe beginner. Four years is not enough to learn how to be a complete dentist. When I finished dental school in 2003, I started my journey to attempt to master this profession and every year I’ve taken upwards of 100 hours of CE. That ranged everywheres from, root canals to advance surgery, orthodontics, cosmetic procedures. Each year I’ve been building on that my whole career.
I feel like I’ve gotten to the point in the last few years where I feel like I can handle pretty much any procedure that comes in with confidence. That’s a big advantage for this practice that being able to keep all the procedures in-house and not having to send patients to different people to get the work done.
Dr. Bessonet is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. He has also achieved Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD) by completing 500 hours of continuing education and passing an extensive comprehensive exam. He is passionate about using new technology to improve the comfort and quality of dentistry for you and your family. With the help of today’s intraoral camera, digital X-rays, laser cavity detection, and sedation, he can provide dental care that is more comfortable and less invasive than ever before!
Well, we always try to treat everyone as family. When I see a patient, when I’m deciding on how I am going to treat this patient, the first thing I think of is, ‘How would I treat this situation on my own mouth or how would I treat this situation on my wife or my mother?’ That’s the way I always start. That means I’d always be with the patient once, but that’s where we start and if the patient wants to go a different direction and it’s ethical and possible, then we’ll work down from there. Our goal is to always treat each patient just like they are a family member, and I just feel like you can’t go wrong with that philosophy.
Outside of the office, Dr. Bessonet enjoys spending time with his wife, Toni, and their two beautiful children. They currently live just two miles from the practice in Geismar. Dr. Bessonet’s hobbies include fishing, outdoor activities, and attending LSU sporting events.