Family Dental Services For All Ages
Many patients often forget that family dentistry is just as important as a regular health doctor. It’s important to find a dentist that can make you (as the adult) feel comfortable and confident in your smile, as well as find a dentist to imitate the same feelings for your child. A family dentist is your only option for ensuring the right dental practices are obtained for all ages in your family. Family dentistry services are typically among the main services you would need from a general dentist, but with experience in child care as well. A family dentist is concerned about the well-being of your oral health along with your child’s oral health. It can be extremely comforting to get to know your dentist to feel fully confident in the care they will provide for your child.
A good family dentist can specialize in the services provided below. If you or someone in your family needs a much more extensive procedure, like an oral surgery, your family dentist will be sure to recommend a surgeon that will assist your issue with care and professional help.
- Bi-annual Cleanings: It is recommended to visit your dentist twice a year for an in-depth cleaning. You may assume your child doesn’t necessarily need this many cleanings, but the truth is, children need extra care for their teeth as primary teeth (baby teeth) are softer and more prone to cavities than adult teeth. A bi-annual cleaning can lessen the chance of cavities or infections in you or your child’s mouth.
- Root Canal Therapy: If the proper steps aren’t taken for preventing cavities, they will show up and they will need to be treated immediately. Fortunately, at a family dentistry office, cavities are treated daily and are among the most common procedures that any dental office has.
- Sealants: Your child can avoid getting cavities by getting a sealant that is a thin resin that is placed on the outside of teeth that can help protect teeth and prevent cavities. Many patients chose to skip out on this extra step, however, it can be a great way to prevent bigger price tags down the line when treating larger issues. Preventative sealants work as vitamins do to your total body health.
- Fillings: A dental filling is an easier and much more painless route for treating infections. If your tooth doesn’t need a root canal, it can be filled with either composite fillings (tooth colored) or metal alloy fillings (not tooth colored).
- Dental Crowns: If you are not a candidate for fillings, meaning, your tooth doesn’t have enough strong natural tooth to withstand normal bites, even with a fill, you may be a candidate for a dental crown. A dental crown is typically created by your family dentist’s lab that will design and create the crown. Your dentist will insert the crown over the top of your tooth to seal and protect your tooth from further decay.
- Wisdom Tooth Extraction: Although you may assume a wisdom tooth extraction may need a dental surgeon, however, in many cases a surgeon isn’t needed because many general dentists are well-trained in this procedure. Ask your family dentist whether or not tooth extractions are done often in their office.
Helping our youngest patients grow into healthy young adults is a highlight for our team. Children undergo constant growth and development that present special challenges for an optimal outcome. And childhood tooth decay can create a lifetime of problems often avoided with an early preventive plan.
Sometimes dental problems follow otherwise healthy people through life. Understanding the causes behind dental disease can eliminate the frustration that builds as teeth deteriorate. Creating a customized preventive routine can leave you looking forward to the good news at your dental visits.
Finding the Right Family Dentist for Your Family
It is recommended to take time in finding the right family dentist for your family. Many patients do their research by finding offices with raving reviews, before and after photos, a large number of years of experience, and overall connection with you. It’s not uncommon for patients to visit a number of family dentistry offices and “interviewing” the potential family dentists during a consultation. Be sure to ask any and all questions you may have during this consultation.
Financial Commitment to Family Dentists
If you and your family have dental insurance, be sure to call the dental offices you’re researching to see if they take your insurance. In fact, it may be easier to ask for a list of family dental offices your insurance covers. This can give you a great starting point by having a list of offices you know your insurance covers.
If for some reason you are unhappy with the choices provided by your dental insurer, talk to your insurance company about seeing what the upper-level packages would cost for a larger list to choose from. If you have completely fallen in love with a family dentist that is not covered by your insurance, talk to that dental office to see what they cost for general check-ups and cleanings. Sometimes it could be ok to pay out of pocket for an all-around better quality service.
Be sure to look for the following when searching for the perfect family dentist:
- Price: As mentioned above, the price of your family dentist should be in a range that is comfortable for your family. It’s not worth breaking a budget for the top dentist in town when a much cheaper option could give you generally the same service.
- Education: This doesn’t necessarily mean finding a dentist who attended an Ivy League university. This means, be sure to find a dentist who continues to further his or her education by staying up to date on the new advances in the industry. This is incredibly important.
- Experience: Look for a dentist who has been working in the dental industry and has experience in a multitude of procedures. You will likely feel infinitely more confident when you find a dentist who has had 15+ years in the industry. This ensures experience and a good foundation in dentistry.
- Ambiance: At the end of the day, it really depends on whether or not you like the dentist and the office. If you feel uncomfortable with the atmosphere, perhaps it's not well kept, it’s dirty, the receptionist was rude, etc. All of these things will factor into an overall good or bad experience. Be sure to not dismiss any red flags.
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