Friendly Dental Group of Creekside offers complete dental care for the entire family. As always, we strive to meet every patient’s needs with the utmost care and attention. Every patient is important to us and our goal is to always make your smile even better than it was before.
General dentistry, also referred to as family dentistry, is comprised of the services rendered by primary dental care providers. A general dentist treats patients of all ages with services geared toward the general maintenance of oral hygiene and tooth health. Our general dentist is highly trained in a wide range of dental procedures. Because our general dentists provide the same restorative services on a regular basis, they are highly skilled at what they do; providing you with an extra layer of confidence.
When most parents were children themselves, they would visit the general or family dentist for regular check-ups or dental work. From those experiences, fear and anxiety related to dental visits began. This is not to say that general dentists are not suited to treat children; but it is to say that children have their own unique sets of needs that reach far beyond the actual treatment they receive in the chair. Children normally visit pediatricians for their medical care. Here, they learn about how to create healthy habits for a strong body. By the same token, a child who visits a specialized pediatric dentist learns how to create healthy habits for strong teeth.
For decades, there was one option for tooth fillings and that was Amalgam. Amalgam is still widely used today, but there are other options as well. The components of Amalgam are elemental metals, and may include components of mercury, silver, tin, copper, and others. You may know Amalgam fillings as “silver fillings” and may also know them because of the controversy surrounding the exposure to mercury. It is important to know your options for fillings. Tooth decay can advance rapidly and you want to have cavities filled quickly. As a treatment for cavities, Amalgam has been deemed safe by the FDA and other organizations as it is thought that the other metals used in the compound stabilize the mercury and reduce risks.
Braces are no longer just a device worn by teens. Today, there are many options for orthodontics available, making it easier than ever for any child, teen or adult to begin straightening out their smile. For the younger crowd, there may not be a huge push for clear braces, as there is with adults. Teens often opt for traditional braces, as there are many braces colors that are fun and show off one’s personality. For the adult who wants to straighten their teeth, we typically receive requests for Invisalign.
Full & Partial Dentures
Individuals who have lost several or most of their teeth may be good candidates for dentures. These dental devices are used to replace missing teeth and surrounding tissue. As needs for dentures are varied, there are two types normally used – complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all teeth are being replaced and can be for upper jaw, lower jaw, or both. Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth are still present.
Your smile should last a lifetime. With dental implants, replacing missing teeth is important: to your overall health and also to the health of your other teeth. When natural teeth are missing, you lose chewing ability, and unreplaced teeth can cause other teeth to be lost, tipped or crowded. Missing a tooth, or teeth can create problems after problems after problems. You can look and feel better, regain your self-esteem, have a better quality of life, and simply smile more with dental implants.
Many people with dull, chipped or crooked teeth will hide their smile and thus hide their warmth and personality from those they encounter. Needless to say, the stealing of confidence that comes from a yellow smile is great and lasting. Thankfully, our cosmetic dentist can assist you with obtaining the bright, white, straight smile you deserve! One way to change the overall appearance of your smile is through crowns and veneers.