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Family Dentistry

Everyone of every age needs quality dental care, but not everyone’s needs are the same. One child may need a checkup while another person needs a crown. Your teenager may need braces but an elderly family member may need a bridge.

With family dentistry services from Monarch Dental, you and everyone in your family can receive the dental care services they need for a lifetime of good oral health, all in one office. And with multiple locations, a variety of payment options, and flexible scheduling, it’s easy to get exceptional care that fits both your busy life and your budget.

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What is a family dentist?

Like all general dentists, family dentists have completed dental school, but they have also received specific education to help them treat patients of all ages more effectively, including specialized training in pediatrics. While family dentists can treat a range of ages and conditions, they tend to take a very personalized, thorough approach to care. This can translate into a familiar, welcoming, and comfortable place for you and your family to receive quality dental care for years to come. 

Family dentists can handle most dental care needs. For those they can’t, they can provide you or your child with a referral to a specialist for things like cosmetic procedures, orthodontics, or oral surgery. At Monarch Dental, you’ll frequently find our family dentists in the same offices as our specialists, making it easy and convenient for you to obtain specialized care should you need it.

Family Dentistry Services at Monarch Dental

Monarch Dental is committed to ensuring you and your family receive the dental care and services you deserve no matter what stage of life you’re in. At nearly all of our locations, you’ll find family dentistry services like: 

Dental Cleaning and Checkups

Most patients need to see the dentist for a checkup and cleaning every six months, starting right around the time the first tooth erupts. These checkups usually begin in the dental hygienist’s chair. The hygienist will use specialized tools to remove plaque and tartar from the surface of the teeth before polishing the teeth with a special toothpaste. Hygienists who work in family dental practices are used to dealing with children and will be very gentle in their approach. 

Once the teeth are clean, the dentist will examine the teeth and gums for any signs of cavities, gum disease, or other abnormalities. X-rays may also be taken to allow the dentist to see the roots of the teeth and how the teeth are aligned in the jaw. X-rays help your dentist monitor your oral health over time, keeping an eye out for cavities, misalignment issues, or gum problems that may get worse with age. Detecting problems like these early on makes them easier for your dentist to treat and helps ensure a lifetime of good oral health.

Fillings and Restorations

Family dentists also offer fillings, crowns, bonding, and other restorations for patients of all ages. 

For example:

  • If the dentist discovers a cavity in your mouth or your child’s mouth, they can fill it with composite or metal amalgam, restoring the strength of the tooth and helping to prevent additional decay. 
  • If a tooth is badly decayed or becomes damaged due to an accident, your dentist can cover it with a crown, which is like a cap that covers the entire tooth. 
  • If you or a family member are missing one or multiple teeth as a result of decay, damage, or extraction, a family dentist can provide custom replacement solutions such as crowns, bridges, dentures, or dental implants. 

Referrals to Specialists

Sometimes, you or your child may need specialized treatment that a family dentist is not trained or equipped to provide. In cases like severe misalignment, root canals, or extensive cosmetic procedures, a family dentist can refer you to a trusted specialist, often one with whom they work regularly and have a professional rapport. A family dentist can refer you to oral care specialists like:

  • Orthodontists, for severe misalignment problems
  • Endodontists, for complex root canals
  • Oral surgeons, for more involved or complicated procedures
  • Pediatric specialists, for young patients with unique challenges
  • Prosthodontists, for dental prostheses
  • Periodontics, for severe gum disease or periodontitis

Why should I see a family dentist?

There are many advantages to taking your children and other family members to a family dentist while also seeing the same dentist yourself, such as:

  • Going to the same dentist from childhood into adulthood allows your dentist to get to know you, making it easier for them to monitor the progress of your oral health. 
  • Seeing the dentist as a family makes receiving dental care a more comfortable experience that children are less likely to fear as they grow up.
  • It is easier for you to schedule dental appointments for the whole family at the same dental office. 
  • You can receive comprehensive services, from cleanings and checkups to restorative treatment and even dentist-directed orthodontic treatment in some offices, all from the same provider.
  • Family dentists have additional training and experience in both pediatric and geriatric-specific dental care, for personalized treatment at every age.

Affordable Family Dentistry Services at Monarch Dental

The family dentistry services at Monarch Dental make getting the dental care you and your family deserve easy and affordable. In addition to a long list of accepted dental insurance plans, Monarch Dental also offers flexible financing and payment options as well as the OneSmile Dental Plan, which provides members with discounts on many dental services for one low annual fee. The OneSmile Dental Plan is available for individuals and families.

Make Monarch Dental your family’s choice for exceptional dental care. Schedule an appointment today!