Family Dentistry vs. General Dentistry: What is the Difference?
The services provided at general and family dentistry practices are often identical. So what makes these practices different? And which one is right for you?
In short, family dentistry practices like Hardin Advanced Dentistry in Mason, OH are general dentistry practices. The difference is that family dentistry practices are uniquely equipped to deal with the specific oral health and beauty needs of people of all ages – from the youngest to oldest members of a household – and often maintain more family-friendly environments, office hours, and multi-family member appointment times. If you are looking for a family dentist in Mason, OH, give us a call at 513-234-5531 to schedule an informative consultation where we can answer your questions, show you around our office, and help you determine if we are the right fit for your family’s dental needs.
A Comprehensive Range of Services
Family dentistry services offered at our office include:
- Cleanings and examinations
- Fluoride treatments and sealants
- Cavity detection and treatment
- Detection and treatment of gum disease
- Six-Month-Smiles® and Invisalign®
In addition to these services, our Mason dentists provide a full range of restorative and general dentistry treatments including dental crowns, tooth bonding, inlays and onlays, and dental implants. We serve patients as young as one-year old and continue to provide personalized services and targeted treatments for patients in all stages of life.
The FDA has recommended that metal restorations not be used in the mouths of children or pregnant and nursing mothers. At Hardin Advanced Dentistry, our Mason family dentists believe this precaution should be extended to all patients. While there is some debate over the dangers posed by amalgam fillings and metal restorations, there are numerous other reasons to avoid these options such as:
- Metal restorations look out of place and unbecoming
- Metal expands and contract with temperature fluctuations and can crack or break teeth
- Metal fillings can come loose and fall out
- Placing amalgam fillings requires the removal of a significant amount of healthy tooth enamel
By contrast bonded restorations look and feel like natural tooth enamel and, because they are bonded to the tooth’s surface, will not come loose, fall out, or crack and break teeth. What’s more, these safe and nontoxic dental restorations are often better are restoring function and pose no threat the health and safety of our patients.
Cosmetic and Specialty Services
In addition to our family dentistry services, we offer many specialty and cosmetic dentistry treatments. Our LVI-trained neuromuscular dentists offer relief from headaches and other painful symptoms of TMJ through advanced, medication-free treatments designed to correct the underlying cause of discomfort. We also provide alternatives to CPAP for the treatment of sleep apnea and snoring, and specialty mouthguards to prevent bruxism and premature tooth wear. All of our services can be performed under gentle and safe sedation, enabling even the most nervous patient to achieve complete relaxation prior to and during the course of his or her treatment.
Cosmetic dentistry treatments are among the most popular offered by our experienced dentists and can be provided as standalone services or included in a more comprehensive oral health and beauty plan. Services available include:
- Porcelain veneers
- Tooth whitening
- Laser gum treatments
- Complete smile makeover
During your visit to our office, we can discuss these and other treatment options that can be used to protect and perfect your smile now and well into the future.
Our Mason family dentists strive to provide a single office in which all of your oral health and beauty needs can be addressed. Call us at 513-234-5531 to schedule a consultation and learn more today.