The use of sedation in dentistry has revolutionized the way patients view dental visits. Patients who once were afraid or anxious about even the most routine dental procedures now visit the dentist with confidence. Sedation is typically administered to healthy individuals who need help relaxing or managing treatment anxiety. Reasons for needing sedation may include lengthy procedure times, dental phobias, or fear caused by negative experiences in the past.
Dental accidents can happen at any point, and at Safari Family Dental, we know how to handle a dental emergency for you and your children’s permanent teeth. For all dental emergencies, it’s essential to take your child to the dentist or emergency room as soon as possible, as ignoring necessary treatment may result in future emergencies that include infection, pain, and even tooth loss.
When decay has advanced enough that it’s necessary to repair your teeth, there are a few options that are available to you at Safari Family Dental. One of our most popular options for the repair of fractured, cracked, or decayed teeth is composite fillings. Unlike the unmistakable color of silver amalgam fillings, composite fillings are able to be matched to the natural color of your teeth.
Dental extractions are generally the last resort in dentistry, and yet they continue to be one of the most frequently required procedures in dental clinics everywhere. While every effort will be made to preserve your natural teeth, the team at Safari Family Dental provides painless extractions when necessary.
Dental crowns and bridges are custom-fitted tooth prosthetics that are used to replace or restore damaged or missing teeth. Crowns – also known as caps – are fixed over the surfaces of natural tooth structures or dental implants. Bridges are used to fill in the gaps left by missing teeth and are anchored in place by the natural teeth or crowns nearest the empty space.
Root canals are valuable dental procedures used to treat and preserve teeth with badly infected roots. The pulp is the live portion of the tooth that extends into the root and contains nerve endings and tissues. When it becomes infected, patients can experience pain, swelling and even total tooth loss unless treated.
A night guard is a dental appliance custom-fit to a patient’s teeth. Night guards serve varying purposes and are often recommended for use in patients of all ages. It is important that night guards be professionally fit, rather than purchased over the counter, as this ensures maximum comfort and protection during wear.
According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, nearly 100 percent of Americans believe that a beautiful smile is an important social asset. Your smile is the first impression that others have of you, so why hide it? Cosmetic tooth whitening from Zoom makes it possible for you to whiten your teeth to a beautiful, natural shade of white in as little as one hour.
If you’ve been wondering when you or your family should get braces, then Safari Family Dental can provide a fully comprehensive orthodontic plan to have straighter, healthier teeth! For adults and kids alike, braces can provide families with a sense of relief, as straightening teeth can prevent the onset of various oral diseases, including gum disease, tooth decay, and even oral cancer. Orthodontists specialize in recognizing the subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth.
At Safari Family Dental, our practice offers the revolutionary Invisalign clear aligner method to give families the ultimate camouflage for straightening teeth. Invisalign is an alternative to metal orthodontic treatment that straightens smiles through a series of clear, removable aligners that are virtually invisible.
At Safari Family Dental, our goal is to develop a comprehensive treatment for the entire family to help resolve dental issues in their earliest stages. When you make an appointment with us for a dental checkup, our team of hygienists will care for all aspects of your family’s health to prevent problems before they occur and provide a wide range of general dental treatments.
Dental sealants are clear coatings applied to the surfaces of a child’s molars to prevent the development of tooth decay. They work by preventing food and plaque from resting in the grooves and crevices of molars – an area especially susceptible to cavities. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, nearly 1 in 3 U.S. children ages 6 to 12 currently have sealants on their teeth.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring element that has been shown to help strengthen teeth in children and also prevent decay in people of all ages. Topical fluoride, in particular is helpful for promoting oral health. The American Dental Association has publicly endorsed the use of fluoride for the prevention of dental caries, as has the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association.
Having the proper amount of fluoride can help prevent and control tooth decay in both children and adults. Fluoride is vital for tooth development, but consuming fluoride can also cause a range of changes to the tooth’s enamel, or the surface of the tooth that protects the inner layers from decay and infection. Changes to the tooth’s enamel surface are often called dental fluorosis. While it can typically appear in children, it can also occur in adults in rare cases. If you’re a parent raising children, or an adult who wishes to learn more, here’s a simple breakdown about dental fluorosis and how it can be prevented.
Pulpal therapy is a pediatric dental treatment used to treat and preserve a child’s natural tooth that has been affected by an injury or tooth decay. The pulp is a soft tissue located inside the teeth. When a tooth becomes damaged or decayed, the pulp may be exposed to bacteria, causing infection and pain. Rather than extract the tooth entirely, the infected pulp may be removed and replaced with a filler that prevents bacteria from further damaging the tooth.
When it comes to protecting your patients’ teeth, nothing comes closer in effectiveness and convenience than a custom-made mouth guard, bite guard, or night guard. Mouth guards are used to protect the natural teeth and dental restorations from damage caused by activities or behaviors that pose a risk to the teeth.
A child’s oral health must be protected from birth through adolescence and into adulthood. Unfortunately, many children develop tooth decay early in life – a condition that can progress into serious oral health problems. Keeping a child’s teeth strong and healthy requires preventative measures. At our pediatric dental practice, prevention is the foundation of all we do. After all, it is far easier and more affordable to avoid oral disease than it is to treat it.