Much of family dentistry falls into the category of restorative dentistry – services every member of your family may need at some point in their life. This discipline is designed to provide tooth pain relief and restore your teeth to natural function, especially when dealing with broken teeth.
The most common services are:
PREVENTIVE DENTAL CLEANINGS
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – and that is as true when caring for your teeth. In addition to brushing twice per day and flossing daily, regular hygienist visits help keep your teeth and gums healthy. In addition to cleaning away the plaque and tarter buildup your toothbrush can’t reach, your hygienist is a patient-education specialist who will happily help you or your family with the knowledge necessary to take care of your teeth at home.
TOOTH-COLORED COMPOSITE DENTAL FILLINGS
Our dental fillings are carefully matched to the color of each tooth and blend seamlessly with your smile, so no one can see them. Used to fill in areas of your teeth lost to tooth decay or trauma, composite fillings are a safe and completely metal free way to repair teeth or replace silver fillings.
A dental crown is a complete outer protective shell that fits snugly over your natural tooth. Often referred to as a “cap”, a dental crown is fabricated to fit precisely over teeth that are cracked, broken, or have large amounts of decay and need extra structural support and protection. A dental crown is an excellent way to restore large cracked fillings, broken teeth repair, and relieve tooth pain. They also protect your tooth after a root canal treatment.
A dental bridge is a natural-looking, fixed prosthesis used to replace a missing tooth (or teeth) by joining an artificial tooth permanently to adjacent teeth with a dental crown. A missing tooth should be replaced as soon as possible for several reasons. Without treatment, the teeth surrounding the space will shift and create a chain reaction of problems. When one tooth is lost or missing, the nearby teeth can easily start to “fall” like dominoes.
DENTURES & PARTIALS
Complete and partial dentures are designed to replace lost teeth and restore your smile to completeness. No one enjoys losing their natural teeth. Fortunately, dentures allow you to eat and speak almost as if you had your own teeth. Once you are accustomed to wearing the dentures, your normal function and appearance will be restored as well as possible. Another treatment option called overdentures, are replacement teeth retained by dental implants. Overdentures help both partial and fully edentulous (missing tooth) patients regain function and aesthetics.
To learn more about family dentistry in Plantation, call us or use the easy to use Appointment Request Form on our contact page to request a no-obligation consultation.
Yours in excellent dental health,
Craig H. Etts, DDS – your general family dentist in Plantation