Family Dentistry In Troy, MI
Visiting the dentist should be a priority for everyone, regardless of their age. However, finding time to attend multiple appointments can be tricky at best when you have children. One of the best ways to get around this is to choose a family dentist like Dr. Bachuri.
Laser Family Dental is a family dentistry practice that can cater to all of your family’s dental needs at every stage of their development. We also understand the family dynamic and will work with you to provide compassionate, flexible service, and ensure that every member of your family can enjoy great oral health and an attractive smile for the duration of their lifetime.
Read on to learn more about how family dentistry can help protect your family from the harmful effects of tooth decay.
What Is Family Dentistry?
The practice of family or general dentistry encompasses an impressive array of services and procedures, all with a common goal: to help you preserve your natural teeth as long as possible, ensure your oral health, and keep you looking and feeling great throughout life.
Being proactive in your oral health can lead to long-term health benefits and, luckily, modern dentistry offers a wide range of services to make sure your teeth stay healthy, function well, and look great.
Poor hygiene can lead to the build-up of unhealthy bacteria around your gums and over the surfaces of your teeth. If left alone, this bacteria can lead to tooth decay which damages the structure and function of your teeth. Tooth decay causes cavities, infection of your tooth roots, and puts you at risk for irreversible damage to your teeth.
This is why our team at Laser Family Dental takes a proactive approach to your dental care.
Our General Dentistry Services
Preventive dentistry includes cleanings, oral exams, and screenings designed to keep your teeth and gums healthy and catch early signs of dental disease. Many oral health problems are preventable, so establishing an at-home dental routine paired with our preventive services can keep your oral wellness at peak condition year-round.
Bacteria can naturally accumulate on the surfaces of your teeth, and it’s easy for them to hide in the grooves and valleys of your molars. Some people have deeper grooves and valleys than others, so Dr. Bachuri may recommend a dental sealant to provide an added layer of protection against tooth decay. A dental sealant is a thin, protective coating applied to the chewing surfaces of your back teeth. Both pediatric and adult patients can benefit from dental sealants.
The bacteria that cause tooth decay have one goal: consume. If left untreated, they will penetrate your enamel, and if they reach the roots of your teeth, Dr. Bachuri may recommend a root canal in order to prevent the need for a tooth extraction. Root canal therapy is a special cleaning procedure where the infected parts of the teeth are removed and thoroughly cleaned before being filled with resin material in order to protect your tooth from further decay.
Periodontal care and treatments are designed to keep your gums healthy. In addition to protecting your teeth, your gums are also responsible for keeping the teeth in place, so it’s important to keep them free of harmful bacteria. The same bacteria that cause tooth decay can also infect your gums, putting you at risk for developing various stages of periodontal (or gum) disease. Our treatments are designed to keep your gums healthy and functional so that we can prolong the longevity of your smile.
Your jaw is connected to your skull by two temporomandibular joints. These joints allow your jaw to move in many directions and are responsible for your ability to open and close your mouth. When these joints or the surrounding muscles become inflamed or damaged, it can lead to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) which results in jaw pain, clicking, or popping when you open your mouth or lockjaw. Untreated TMD can lead to migraines, healing problems, and chronic pain, but your Troy dentist has a much higher chance of recognizing the symptoms of TMD due to the nature of family dentistry practices.
Pediatric Dental Care
We understand that children are a parent’s absolute priority. You want to feel reassured that their safety and wellbeing are in the safest of hands, including when they’re in the dentist’s chair. However, caring for children’s teeth is very different from adult dental care, both in physiology and in the way that dentists approach their pint-sized patients.
Not all dentists have a great deal of experience in working with children, but a family dentist does. Our team is trained to answer a child’s questions with honesty and compassion while providing a calming, comfortable dental environment.
When you choose Dr. Bachuri as your family dentist, you will also benefit from a professional with experience in typical childhood dental issues that a regular dentist may not have. These pediatric issues include retained baby teeth, problems with secondary tooth eruption, and developmental issues caused by pacifier or thumb sucking. Dr. Bachuri is an experienced family dentist who understands these problems and just how to treat them, ensuring that your kid’s oral health will get off to a fantastic start.
Dentistry For Seniors
Our need for proper dental care doesn’t diminish when we reach our senior years. If anything, older patients are more likely to suffer from dental problems and will need to be monitored more closely than younger family members.
Our professional dental team members have experience in managing visits with the care, respect, and dignity our elder patients deserve. This care can range from helping them access their office in the first place to keeping them calm and comfortable throughout their appointment.
If they have a disability that requires additional support, your dentist may recommend sedation or a general anesthetic to simplify the dental procedures.
Frequently Asked Questions
It’s important to take care of your teeth at all ages, especially if you want to prolong your natural teeth as long as possible. Many parents are guilty of putting their children’s health above their own, and while this is completely understandable, your dental wellbeing is just as important as your child’s. As such, an experienced family dentist will be able to offer you and any other adults in your family the care that you need.
At Laser Family Dental, in addition to our general services, we also offer a comprehensive list of services including:
- Restorative dentistry which is designed to restore function to your smile through treatments such as cavity fillings, crowns, bridges, dental implants, and more),
- Solutions for periodontal disease.
- Cosmetic dentistry which aims to brighten your smile with treatments including teeth whitening and porcelain veneers.
Dr. Bachuri recommends scheduling a dental visit at least every six months. By doing so, you can prevent discomfort and unnecessary pain before it occurs. Going to the dentist only when something is wrong does your oral health a disservice and will end up costing you more in the long run. Conditions such as cavities aren’t always accompanied by pain or visible to the untrained eye which is why we encourage regular visits.
Regular dental visits are essential to make sure oral health problems, from tooth decay to oral cancer, are detected and treated promptly. Some individuals may need to see the dentist more often than others to stay on top of problems like plaque buildup and gum disease, but everyone should go at least twice per year.
Protecting Your Oral Health
If you would like to learn more about family dentistry and the benefits that it can offer you and your loved ones, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experienced and knowledgeable family dentistry team. Call our Troy, MI dental practice at (248) 250-9333 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Bachuri today.