No matter what stage of life you may be in, you always need consistent, quality dental care, and while it’s true that different ages come with different needs, the family dentists at Castle Dental can meet just about all of them for everyone.
Family dentistry includes comprehensive general dentistry services as well as specialized care for pediatric or geriatric patients, who may encounter specific problems a general dentist cannot treat. Family dentists can provide everything from routine cleanings and checkups to restorative and cosmetic procedures, all in one office.
When you choose Castle Dental for your family dental care, you can be confident you’ll have a team of dental professionals ready to help you and your family’s oral health for years to come.
Our teeth need regular maintenance at home on a daily basis, but this often isn’t enough to sustain a healthy smile. Even with the best oral hygiene habits, most people need to visit the dentist at least twice a year for regular cleanings and checkups. During these biannual appointments, you can expect X-rays, teeth cleaning and a brief visit from the dentist.
During a cleaning and checkup, a dental hygienist may first take X-rays or specialized images of the teeth that show the parts of the tooth hidden beneath the gums. Next, the hygienist will use a series of specialized tools to thoroughly clean any built-up plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums. Lastly, the dentist will come in and examine your mouth and your teeth one by one, checking for cavities or other major dental concerns.
If you have many members of your family who are in different stages of life, it can be inconvenient to make multiple visits to different dentists. A family dentist, however, can see them all, and you may even be able to schedule the whole family for back-to-back appointments. That’s one stop, one bill to pay and one day out of your busy life, making it easier to get the important dental care you need.
Additionally, a family dentist will have experience in treating young children, who can be intimidated by a dental visit. A dental hygienist at a family dentist will likely take more care to be gentle, patient and accommodating to a young person, and they may have resources to make the environment more fun and inviting than a practice that serves primarily adults.
Fillings and restorations are important treatments for preserving natural teeth that have been subject to decay or trauma, and family dentists can perform most of them. Fillings are used to fill cavities that are small and detected early, while crowns restore a tooth after significant damage or severe decay. Extractions may be necessary if the tooth cannot be saved, but bridges, implants, and partial or complete dentures can be used to replace missing teeth.
Many restorative procedures can be performed right in your family dentist’s office, though it may be in a treatment area separate from your routine appointments. For most of these in-office procedures, you will receive some kind of local anesthesia or sedation to minimize anxiety, pain, and discomfort and you’ll go home the same day. Treatments like fillings, crowns, and bridges can help preserve your dental health, your overall health, and the appearance and function of your smile.
Dental treatments can be intimidating and stressful for many people, but especially adolescents, children, or adults with dental anxiety. Family dentists offer a wide range of techniques, resources, and even sedation options at some locations to help make sure dental procedures like fillings and restorations are completed as quickly and seamlessly as possible for all patients. Because they see such a broad range of patients, family dentists tend to have more experience in a greater variety of patient situations, allowing them to handle your unique circumstances more confidently.
Although a family dentist can meet most of your dental needs, there may be times when you or a family member needs specialized care unavailable at a family dentist’s office. For example, a child or young adult may need orthodontic care, or an adult’s root canal or gum disease may be severe enough to warrant an endodontist or periodontist.
If your family dentist determines that you or a family member needs specialized treatment, they can give you a referral to a trusted provider, often one they work with frequently and is within your insurance network. They can either contact the practice themselves, informing them of your needs, or they may simply give you the name and number of the specializing practice you should call.
When making referrals, a family dentist is going to know the best person for you to visit. While a general dentist may refer all their patients to one particular place, a family dentist will be more inclined to know who works best with children versus who works best for adults. They may also have more insight as to who may be the best fit for you or your family member’s special needs.
Family dentistry helps take the stress out of finding good dental care, and it’s just one of the specialties offered at many Caste Dental locations. In addition to qualified, experienced providers, Castle Dental also makes caring for your family easy and affordable with multiple convenient locations; flexible scheduling, extended hours, and weekend appointments available at most of our offices; and a variety of payment and financing plans.
At Castle Dental, we can accommodate your entire family, making sure everyone’s smile stays healthy and beautiful. Call us or visit us online to book your appointment today. We can’t wait to serve you!