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Family Dentistry

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.

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Our family dentistry services include:

Dental Cleaning and Checkups

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. 

Why should I visit a family dentist rather than a general dentist for my dental cleaning and checkup?

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

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.

Why should I visit a family dentist rather than a general dentist for my fillings and restorations?

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. 

Referrals to Specialists

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. 

Why should I visit a family dentist rather than a general dentist for my referrals?

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.

Benefits of a Family Dentist

There are many advantages to choosing a family dentist as your dental provider, such as:

  • Seeing the same dentist from childhood into adolescence and then into adulthood helps build a strong rapport between your child and the dentist. When your younger children know their older siblings feel comfortable, they may be more inclined to trust the process a bit more. 
  • Seeing the same dentist over time allows your dentist special insight into your overall dental health because they have extensive knowledge of your dental history. This makes tracking and monitoring your dental health more effective and accurate. 
  • A family dentist will likely be more in tune with genetic or inherited issues. Knowing the family history allows your dentist to watch for warning signs and take preventative measures. 
  • Family dentists often have additional education including training in pediatric dentistry. Children’s teeth go through significant changes from the time the first tooth erupts and into adolescence. They also have specific needs and concerns that require unique treatment. When treating children, it’s important to have a dentist who knows these issues and treats them with the added care children generally require. 
  • Family dentists also have additional education in geriatric dentistry. Aging people are susceptible to dental problems caused by long-term wear and tear, medications, or bone and tissue deterioration. A family dentist will be familiar with these challenges and will have the knowledge and resources to treat and manage them.
  • A family dentist can see everyone in your family at every stage of life, making getting consistent dental care easy and convenient.

Find Your Family Dentist at Castle Dental

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!