Caring for yours and your family’s smiles are important for overall health and wellness. Family dentistry is designed to cover the oral health needs of both children and adults, from kids getting their first teeth to ongoing dental care. While most family dentists offer a wide variety of services, there are four main services you should expect from your local family dentist.
Cleanings and Checkups
One of the basic oral health services everyone needs is regular cleanings and dental checkups. This preventive care is covered under most family dentistry insurance plans and offers the best help in preventing major dental issues. Cleanings are usually recommended two or more times per year to remove plaque and tartar, helping ensure tooth and gum health. Checkups help monitor oral health and catch issues like decay or damage in the early stages, for treatment.
When decay is removed, or damage to a tooth needs repair, fillings are used to replace lost tooth material. Amalgam or metal fillings have been used in the past for this procedure, but many people prefer composite fillings for safe, white fillings. These are usually available for children and adults by those who practice family dentistry.
Family Dentistry Root Canals
Root canals are specialized procedures to remove diseased or infected material from inside the tooth. This is usually recommended for permanent teeth, to prevent loss of the tooth and other complications. Root canal treatment is available through family dentistry to save a tooth that is severely decayed or infected inside the canals of the tooth, stopping the pain and infection.
For tooth restorations through family dentistry, dental crowns are necessary to protect severely damaged teeth. A dental crown is formed in a dental lab and fits over an existing tooth. The crown is designed to look and function like a natural tooth, usually made from metal, porcelain or other durable materials. If a tooth is severely cracked, broken or has had extensive repairs (such as root canal treatment), a dental crown can be placed over the tooth to add strength and protection. Dental crowns can be white, to match the other teeth in yours or your family member’s smile.
At Sair Dental Group, we offer a wide variety of general dentistry services for our patients, from preventive care to tooth repairs. We also have restorative options like dental implants and bridges, and cosmetic services to improve your smile. Call us today and talk to one of our friendly team members to schedule your first visits for you and your family at our clinic in Houston.