If you are searching for a dentist, you might have come across many different kinds of practices. You may wonder, “What is a family dentist?”, and what makes them different? Let’s first take a look at some of various types of dentists.
- Pediatric Dentist: a pediatric dentist is one who specializes in teeth from birth through adolescence, with at least two years of specialized training in that field.
- Orthodontist: these dentists specialize in alignment issues of the teeth, also with two years of specialized training.
- Endodontist: this is a dentist that specializes in treating issues that involve the dental pulp and surrounding tissues.
- Oral Surgeon: an oral surgeon is a dentist with at least three years of specialized training in dealing with injuries to the mouth and surrounding area, and also have specialized training in anesthesia.
Most of these dentists specialize in a certain areas of oral health, and you may need a referral to one at some point in your life. A family dentist, however, can provide you and your entire family with most of the regular dental services you need. Sometimes a family dental practice will also have an Orthodontist or an Oral Surgeon on site, so that you can take advantage of their specialized skills without having to go to another practice.
What is a family dentist?
Family dentists are able to treat you and your whole family, having a depth of knowledge about dental health for young children, adolescents and adults, and later stages of life. They are often times located centrally in your own neighborhood or city, so traveling to them is convenient. Sometimes it can be nice having one dental practice that can treat your whole family.
Some of their services include:
- Regular cleanings and deep cleanings
- Fluoride treatments
- General checkups
- Simple extractions
Seeing a family dentist regularly can significantly lower the probability that you will ever need a specialized dental procedure. Not only do their regularly scheduled cleanings and checkups keep the teeth in top shape, they can show you the best methods to use at home so that your mouth stays healthy all through your life.
On the other hand, a family dentist is also able to spot real trouble – such as the need for a root canal or extraction of wisdom teeth – long before they start to cause real trouble or pain. They can then help you take the appropriate steps to treat the problem, before it becomes a bigger and more costly issue.