Family Dentistry in Calgary is very important that you have a general dentist you like and trust. Taking care of your mouth and teeth is just as important as taking care of your heart and general health. Calgary dentist, Dr. Jennifer Silver provides cosmetic dental options, snoring and sleep apnea treatment, Invisalign, dental implants and family dentistry. Our fantastic hygienists will work with you to create a customized periodontal program to maximize the health of your gums and bone support of your teeth. We like to focus on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide array of disorders and diseases that affect the teeth, mouth and gums. Simply put, family dentist, Dr. Silver, provides services related to oral hygiene and the health of your teeth.
Two Purposes of Family Dentistry Treatments
When you visit a family dental clinic, the services are two-fold:
- Protect the health of your teeth and gums
- Create a beautiful smile
Common dental issues, such as tooth decay and gum disease, are not only concerning because of how they impact your oral health. But these dental problems can also damage your teeth and cause cosmetic concerns. The services provided by a family dentist are designed to protect your overall health and wellness, and also create an attractive smile
Overview of Family Dental Services
Learning about the dental industry is essential. This information will empower you in choosing the services and treatments that are a good fit for your needs. Our team at Southcentre Dental is always a phone call away if you have questions about the available dental treatments. Most family dentistry services fall in these categories:
Preventive: A proactive approach with your oral health is important in maintaining your dental health and avoiding common dental diseases. Preventive services are designed to reduce the risk of diseases that affect your teeth and gums. The foundation of prevention includes regular exams (we recommend a dental exam every six months), and professional teeth cleaning services. During your appointment, we will also discuss at-home habits that can be used to protect your oral health.
Restorative: If a dental issue is uncovered, then our team at Southcentre Dental offers treatments that help to restore your smile. Timely services are essential to stop the progression of tooth decay and gum disease. Our family dental clinic offers a variety of restorative solutions, including tooth fillings, gum disease treatments, tooth replacements, root canals, and more. We start with the minimally-invasive solutions and only move on to the advanced treatments when necessary.
Cosmetic: Not only does a family dentist help with the function of your teeth and gums, but it is also important to consider the aesthetic features as well. If you are not satisfied with the appearance of your smile, then we invite you to talk to us about the available cosmetic treatments. These services include everything from teeth whitening to veneers, crowns, bridges, implants, dentures, and more.
Family dentistry is more than caring for your oral health. There are times when dental issues indicate potential problems with your general health. For example, chronic oral infections could be an indication of systemic health concerns or complications of diabetes. Family dentists are trained to identify these symptoms to provide complete healthcare recommendations that complement the treatments you are receiving from your general physician.
Prevention and Treatment
The proverb says, Prevention is better than cure, and the dental team at Southcentre Dental Clinic firmly believes this is true. By coming to our Calgary dentist office for routine checkups and teeth cleanings, you can help prevent very serious dental problems from arising. We cannot promise that you will never have a cavity or never need porcelain veneers if you see Dr. Silver regularly, but by coming in for routine cleanings and checks, we can closely monitor your dental health and catch any and all problems in the early stages. We can inspect your teeth and gums for early signs of decay or disease and provide you treatment, if necessary, right away.
Prevention is nearly always less expensive than reacting to an emergency that was likely preventable, not to mention less painful. This is most obvious to us when a patient calls with an emergency tooth fracture and is in a lot of pain. They so often will comment that their previous dentist or even Dr. Silver told them they should have had it crowned but never did. Now they are in pain with a broken tooth that may also need a root canal to save the tooth plus the crown or in some cases need the tooth extracted and an implant placed. Now you have a very expensive tooth in your mouth which could have been treated for far less expense at the beginning. I know ,sounds like a lecture but prevention is the answer.
When we review the condition of your teeth and oral structures we will review everything we see and any potential problems we foresee. It sometimes is a little overwhelming but we want you to know so you decide how we proceed. The decision to treat is always yours but you deserve to know all the information when making your decision.
Services are provided by Family Dentists
Is it time for a Dental Exam?
When was the last time you visited a family dentist for an exam and cleaning? Most people should visit the dentist every six months for an exam and preventive services. But certain health concerns merit more frequent visits.
Additionally, you should never hesitate to contact our office if you have concerns about your dental health. For example, bleeding gums or a toothache are good indicators that dental services are needed. Call us right away so that we can identify the right treatment to eliminate your pain.
At Southcentre Dental, we are also happy to discuss the possibilities of cosmetic treatments. These services are designed to transform your appearance by designing a smile that you are proud to share with others. We will schedule a consultation so you can discuss the various cosmetic services, allowing you to create a personalized treatment plan.
If you are looking for quality services from a family dental clinic in Calgary, then we are here to help. Call us at Southcentre Dental to learn more about the available services.
Commonly Asked Questions
What does family dentistry mean?
Family dentistry is used interchangeably with general dentistry. Essentially, it’s comprehensive oral health care for all ages under one roof. When you book an appointment at our office in Southcentre Mall, you can schedule checkups for everyone in your family at the same dentist’s office. There’s no need to travel back and forth across Calgary taking everyone to different dentists.
As a family dentist in Calgary, we get to know your family personally and help look after your smiles for a lifetime. As your children “grow up” with us, they’re able to experience a familiar and comfortable outlook on dental care in general. That way we can help reduce any phobias or anxiety related to trips to the dentist office. And if there’s ever an emergency or problem, you’ll already have a dentist you know and trust, who is available to look after your family’s needs.
Family/general dentists provide routine preventative and restorative treatments, such as cleanings, fillings, extractions, crowns, gum disease treatments, and more. During exams we can also screen for wisdom tooth concerns, oral cancer, and orthodontic needs.
What is the difference between a pediatric dentist and a general dentist?
General or family dentists see patients of all ages, including young children! However, pediatric dentists only treat children. So, if you’re looking for a Calgary dentist where your entire family can receive care, you’ll want to find a general office to visit. In fact, we can often arrange to schedule some or all of the appointments on the same day.
Family dental practices are equipped to offer treatments on both children’s and adult teeth. So, whether you’re due for a checkup or your child needs a small filling, you can make your appointments in the same location.
Is it necessary to take your child to a pediatric dentist? Not usually. Most of the time it’s a matter of preference for your family. In delicate cases such as special needs or aggressive oral disease, a pediatric dentist may need to be consulted. But our Calgary family dentist can let you know in advance if that’s going to be the case. Otherwise we prefer to treat all ages to make care more efficient and comprehensive for your family.
Why choose a family dentist?
Having a family dentist means knowing that your dental provider is familiar with your family’s unique circumstances, conditions that are passed on from parent to child, and has an ongoing relationship with each member of your family. That way if there’s ever a problem – such as a dental emergency – you’ll already have an established relationship with a Calgary dentist you know and trust.
Plus, it’s easier to book everyone’s dental checkups in the same office. That way you don’t have to schedule different appointments across town for you and your children. Instead, everything is streamlined in the same Southcentre Mall location.
Family dentists are able to provide a wider range of services, especially for your growing child and teen. As adult teeth start to come up and require care, there’s access to long-term restorative techniques that can help last them well into adulthood.
Choosing a family dentist may seem like a matter of convenience, but the truth is that you’ll have an oral health professional on your side for years to come. Your children can grow up with a familiar face (to reduce anxiety) and always have somewhere to go back to; they’ll never “age out”!
Can pediatric dentists treat adults?
No. Pediatric dentists are legally restricted so that they can only provide treatments to children. Although they have a 4-year dental degree prior to specializing in pediatrics, part of their specialization process means that they no longer practice outside of their area of expertise.
Once your child turns 18 – or when they’re mentally/emotionally ready to move on from seeing a pediatric dentist – they’ll have to find a new dentist to see. In that case, having a family or general dentist is the next step. General dentists can see patients of all age, so it’s possible for them to provide comprehensive family services without having to make an extra trip to see a pediatric dentist.
Unfortunately, if you as a parent ever have a dental emergency, you won’t be able to see your child’s pediatric dentist for treatment. You’ll need to have a Calgary family dentist who is able to offer adult dental services. That’s why so many families choose to bring their children to see the same dentist that they do for themselves!
What to look for in a dentist?
Are you looking for a new dentist in Calgary? You might be wondering where to start. One of the best things to do is to first ask your friends, neighbors, and coworkers who their dentist is. If you’re starting to hear the same name mentioned over and over again, it’s a good sign.
Next, find out which dentists take your dental insurance. Do you have a type of coverage that restricts you to a specific provider in your area? Double check to make sure.
Is there a particular type of treatment that you want? Such as a specific cosmetic procedure? Start calling Calgary dentists to see if that service is offered in their practice. From there, consider setting up a consultation with one or two of them to get a feel for what the dentist is like and to see if they’re a good fit.
The best dentist won’t force you into getting treatment you don’t need. Find one who involves you in the treatment planning process and explains their findings to you. The better their office informs you about your oral health, the more empowered you’ll be to play a role in the type of care that you receive.
What are the different types of dentists?
Most dentists are “general” practitioners. That is, they provide comprehensive oral care to people of all ages. But if there’s an extenuating circumstance where extra technology or resources are needed to treat a situation, dental specialists are able to provide additional support. The most common types of specialists include endodontists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, and periodontists.
Fortunately, general dentists like the ones at our family practice in Calgary are able to provide routine treatments ranging from cleanings to root canals under one roof. So, if you ever need a professional opinion or want to know what options are available, you’ll want to give us a call!
Are family dentists the same as general dentists? Yes! All dentists complete the same type of four-year education at university and pass the same mandated board exams. The only type of dentist that’s different is those who go on to specialize in specific areas of dental care for another 2-3 years. In those situations, specialists will only provide those types of treatments instead of routine family dentistry.