Family Dentistry Keeps
Family dentistry offers patients the chance to get most of their dental care needs met in one location. This approach makes scheduling oral care easier and increases the chances of catching dental problems early. That’s an important factor in getting the most cost-effective treatment over time.
South River Dentistry offers comprehensive diagnosis, preventive care and treatment of common dental problems for patients of all ages. Since it’s never too early or too late to start taking better care of your teeth, picking a dentist who can take care of your whole family is always a smart choice. Remember that good dental hygiene practices are learned at home and at the dentist’s office. It’s very beneficial to have a professional in your corner to provide advice on the most effective ways to promote oral health at every stage of life.
What Does Family Dentistry Involve?
Some of the most common services, treatments and procedures performed at Dr. Blackburn’s office include:
Oral Health Examination
This involves a visual examination of the teeth, gums and jaw to check for signs of decay, disease, bite misalignment, crooked or poorly spaced teeth and other abnormalities. X-rays, TMJ and oral cancer screenings fall into this category.
This is a basic preventive treatment that includes removing minor plaque and tartar buildup to reduce the risk of gingivitis and cavities. It leaves teeth feeling fresh and clean. Getting a preventive cleaning every six months is ideal for most children and adults.
Gum Disease Intervention
Treatments for moderate gingivitis and early stages of periodontitis involve scaling teeth. This just means scraping off tartar below the gum line where it builds up and causes gum irritation. It may also involve root planning (smoothing the tooth root so bacteria and plaque can’t build up as easily).
Fluoride Treatment & Dental Sealant
These preventive treatments are usually recommended for children to limit tooth decay. However, adults can also request these procedures. Fluoride gel is applied topically a couple of times per year. Dental sealant is brushed onto the chewing surfaces of molars where tiny grooves in the enamel can’t be adequately cleaned by toothbrush bristles. Sealant generally lasts several years.
An infection in the pulp of a tooth is the most common cause of toothache. Family dentistry includes root canal procedures to relieve pain and stop the spread of bacterial infection. This treatment involves removing infected tooth pulp and restoring the tooth with a filling or crown. A less extensive treatment called a pulpotomy is used for baby teeth.
Extractions range from pulling baby molars that have splintered to removing decayed or damaged adult teeth. A family dentist can also perform simple wisdom tooth extractions. This procedure is easiest to do before children reach their late teens.
Fillings & Crowns
These basic tooth restoration procedures are designed to fill in areas of tooth decay or damage. You can get composite fillings as well as metal and ceramic crowns from a family dentist. Fillings are appropriate for patients of all ages. Ceramic crowns are most often recommended to restore adult teeth.
This cosmetic procedure is intended for adult and teenage patients who would like to whiten the color of their teeth. Discolored teeth can be caused by aging, developmental problems, medications, smoking, food and beverage consumption and other lifestyle habits.
Why Choose a Family Dentist?
Picking one dentist for the majority of your care makes it simple for everyone in your family to get their teeth examined, cleaned and treated on a regular basis. Dealing with a single dental practice makes payment and insurance claim handling simpler. You can even set aside a “tooth day” for several family members to get a cleaning in a single trip. In addition, you get to build a relationship with your dentist, dental hygienist and other staff members over time. This makes everyone in your family feel more comfortable since they are receiving care from professionals they know and trust.
Having all your family’s dental records in one place ensures better continuity of care. It’s easier to spot emerging oral health problems when the same family dentistry practitioner sees you and your kids on a regular basis. Early detection and treatment that is based on full and accurate records offers the best chances for a successful outcome. Your family dentist is also a great point of contact in coordinating care if you or your kids need to see a specialist for more complex procedures.