Family dentistry addresses oral health at every stage of life. Children have very different dental needs than adults, and qualified family dentists deliver comprehensive oral care from baby teeth to permanent teeth.
Like general dentistry, family dentistry is concerned with oral hygiene and the health of your teeth. However, family dentists focus on the unique needs of children of all ages.
Oral Screening/Digital X-Rays
Proper oral health plays a vital role in maintaining the overall health and wellness of children. The purpose of a screening is to identify normal versus abnormal oral conditions and to make referrals for dental care. If no problems are found, a verbal referral should be given for regular, preventive dental care. If abnormalities are noted, referrals should be given for dental assessment and treatment. Comprehensive diagnosis and treatment are the responsibilities of dentists.
Our office provides emergency dental care to all our patients, treating such complaints as toothaches, severe oral pain, knocked out or broken teeth, or any other concerns you may have. It is our utmost concern that you get help for any of these conditions as soon as it is possible.
Emergencies may conflict with our patient scheduling but in order to accommodate emergencies, we offer a variety of scheduling options:
- Walk-in appointments for dental emergencies
- Walk-in appointments for new patients
- Last minute appointments
- Same-day scheduling
- Next day scheduling
Cosmetic Bonding & Veneers
Tooth bonding is the application of a tooth-colored resin material using adhesives and a high intensity curing light. The procedure gets its name because materials are bonded to the tooth. Bonding is typically used for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of a discolored or chipped tooth. It is also used to close spaces between teeth, to make teeth look longer or to change the shape or color of teeth. Often times bonding is used as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings, or to protect a portion of the tooth's root that has been exposed when gums recede.
Dental veneers are custom-made ultra-thin shells of tooth colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. The veneers are bonded adhesively to the front of the tooth to fix the look of teeth that are chipped, discolored, misaligned, uneven, worn down, or abnormally spaced. Veneers are a cosmetic dentistry procedure that creates a bright, white smile with beautifully aligned, shapely teeth.
A composite filling that is a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth. Composites are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth.
A root canal repairs and saves a badly damaged or infected tooth. The procedure involves removing the pulp of the tooth, cleaning and disinfecting it, then filling and sealing it. The common causes that affect the pulp are a cracked tooth, a deep cavity, repeated dental treatment to the tooth or trauma.
If a tooth has been damaged or has experienced severe decay, our practice will try to fix it with a filling, crown or other dental treatment. But when there's too much damage for the tooth to be repaired, the tooth may require extraction, and is removed from its socket in the bone.
Crowns & Bridges/Porcelain/Zirconia
Bridges and crowns are fixed prosthetic devices that are cemented onto existing teeth or implants by a dentist or prosthodontist. Crowns are used most commonly to entirely cover or "cap" a damaged tooth or cover an implant. Bridges are commonly used to cover a space if you’re missing one or more teeth. They are cemented to natural teeth or implants surrounding the space where the tooth once stood.
In addition to strengthening a damaged tooth, bridges and crowns can be used to improve a tooth’s appearance, shape, alignment and dental occlusion (bite). Gaps left by missing teeth can cause the remaining teeth to shift, which can result in a bad bite. Bridges and crowns help prevent this from happening.
Porcelain is an excellent choice when recreating the form and function of a damaged tooth, because a crown basically replaces the entire external portion of the tooth down to the gum level.
Zirconia is a very strong material which is compatible with the human body. Zirconia is used in many other medical applications such as artificial joints and is known for its strength and durability.
Dentures are removable replacement for missing teeth and the surrounding tissues. Two types of dentures are available, partial and complete dentures. Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain while complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing.
Flexie dentures provide a solution for patients who can't or don't want to use regular dentures. The most obvious advantage is that they aren't brittle, so they're less likely to shatter if they're dropped.
Teeth Cleaning & Whitening
It is recommended that a dentist or hygienist perform a dental cleaning every six months which reinforces the home-care oral health regimen of brushing and flossing and gives the dentist an opportunity to locate areas in the mouth that may need special attention.
Teeth Whitening lightens teeth and helps to remove stains and discoloration. Whitening is among the most popular cosmetic dental procedures because it can greatly improve how your teeth look. Most dentists perform tooth whitening. Whitening is not a one-time procedure.
Periodontal Gum Care
The early stages of gum disease can often be reversed with proper brushing and flossing. Good oral health will help keep plaque from building up. A professional cleaning by your dentist or hygienist is the only way to remove plaque that has built up and hardened into tartar.
Reconstructive dentistry is a set of procedures designed to replace missing or repair damaged teeth, correct improperly seated jaw joints and faulty bites, address jawbone and gum damage, replace worn-out dental work, and, in some cases, treat diseases of the mouth. Each of these reconstructive procedures may be performed independently, but when multiple oral health problems exist, full mouth reconstruction may be advised.
Bone Graft/Socket Preservation
Bone Grafting involves a piece of bone is removed from another part of your jaw or your body, your hip, for example and transplanted to your jawbone.
Socket Preservation procedure involves placing a bone graft into the socket, where the tooth once was. After putting the graft in the socket, the dentist usually covers it up with a collagen membrane, then sutures the opening to keep it closed.
Dental Braces are devices used in orthodontics that align and straighten teeth and help position them with regard to a person's bite, while also aiming to improve dental health.
Invisalign straightens teeth using a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners that are custom-made specifically for your teeth. As you replace each aligner every two weeks, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week, gradually moving towards the projected final position.
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