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Our teeth deserve a lot more credit than we offer them. Healthy teeth are important for our overall health and well-being. A pearly white smile enhances our beauty and helps us perform vital daily activities like eating and talking. Without our teeth, we would be unable to consume our food and provide our body the fuel it needs.
But many people around the world choose to ignore their oral health and hygiene. They become negligent about regular brushing, flossing, and biannual dental checkups. You must take good care of your teeth and gums to avoid getting affected by painful and troublesome oral conditions and diseases. Most dental clinics and hospitals around the world offer some basic dental services that are listed below:
Family dentistry is a service that is catered for families and is offered by a family dentist. The same way families have a general physician, commonly referred to as a family doctor, some families have a family dentist that they visit for their biannual dental checkups, examinations, and treatments. A family dentist treats patients of all ages. They are licensed professionals who have experience in handling the dental maladies of infants, children, teenagers, adults, the middle-aged, and senior citizens.
Generally, family dentists provide the following services to their patients:
A family dentist will also assist you in seeking the best medical advice from specialized dentists like orthodontists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, and periodontists.
Restorative dentistry focuses on restoring damaged or missing teeth. It is not a form of reconstructive or cosmetic dentistry. Certain genetic disorders and environmental factors either damage our teeth, leading to tooth decay and tooth loss, or hinder the development and growth of our teeth, leading to missing teeth. In such cases, restorative dentistry helps us prevent further damage by adding a protective layer to our teeth or replacing our missing or lost teeth.
Restorative dentistry includes the following treatment methods:
Cosmetic dentistry is targeted towards improving the aesthetics and appearance of your teeth. The latest technology and techniques are used to improve the color, shape, and size of your teeth in an effort to give you a perfect smile.
Cosmetic dentistry includes the following treatments:
Sleep apnea is a dangerous sleep disorder that disrupts our night’s sleep. Patients with sleep apnea snore the whole night and wake up tired and restless. In this sleep disorder, the muscles and soft tissues between our tongue and throat become relaxed and cause a blockage in the airways. Because of this blockage, patients are unable to breathe properly and end up snoring and struggling for breath. A dentist can treat sleep apnea by prescribing you dental devices that will prevent the blockage in your airways. Devices and appliances such as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) and Bi-level Positive Air Pressure are used to ensure a continuous supply of oxygen to patients with sleep apnea. In some cases, surgery may be performed to remove the extra tissues from the oral cavities that block the airways and lead to obstructive sleep apnea.
Some dental procedures can be painful and result in traumas. To make the procedure quick and painless for the patients, sedation dentistry is performed. This is the kind of dentistry in which patients are sedated (made unconscious) so that the dentist can perform the procedure without making the patient uncomfortable and fearful.
Sedation dentistry includes the following techniques:
Most dentists will check your medical history before sedating you to avoid medical complications. In most cases, procedures are performed under local anesthesia, but if sedation dentistry becomes necessary, do ask your dentist how long the effects will last and always take a friend or family member with you to ensure your safety. At Lanier Valley Dentistry, our dedicated team of licensed dentists includes Colin Lentz, DDS and Heather Ramsey, DDS. They are trained to offer you the best dental services. So, call us today at (678) 802-8654 to book your appointment.