Family dentistry is the practice of general dentistry for individuals of all ages, enabling entire families to be treated by the same dentist. This allows for more flexibility, convenience, and detection of hereditary oral health problems.
Unlike pediatric dentists, we don’t have age limits on the patients we’ll treat. We can treat the patient from childhood to adulthood which enables us to get familiar with their oral health and hygiene practices and know what to look for. Family dentistry encompasses many different preventative, restorative, cosmetic, and emergency treatments. Call today to schedule an appointment at Coronado Family Dental. Don't hesitate to stop by our office located at 11130 Lomas Blvd NE Suite F2, Albuquerque, NM 87112.
Your child should go to their first dental appointment when they turn 1 or receive their first tooth.
Your dentist in Albuquerque, NM will perform an oral exam to look for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, or oral cancer. If necessary, x-rays will be taken to get a closer look and paint a full picture of the patient’s oral health.
We will clean your teeth by scaling plaque and tartar from the gum line, polishing your teeth with a high-powered electric toothbrush and gritty toothpaste, and floss your teeth. Fluoride varnish is then applied.
If any oral health issues such as cavities or gum disease were detected, we will discuss your treatment, sedation, and payment options.
In the case of gum disease, tooth infections, and the need for tooth restorations, additional appointments will be needed.
As a family dental office, we know how to treat oral health problems that affect both children and adults. The ability to schedule simultaneous or back-to-back appointments for the entire family takes a big load of stress off of people’s shoulders.
It’s important to have a “dental home” in which your child can get acquainted with their dentist, feel comfortable and safe in this space, and learn about the importance of maintaining good oral health. Our dentists are well trained in communicating with and explaining things to children so they feel at ease.
Making appointments with a family dentist is much more flexible and convenient than with other general dentists. We’ll work with you to find the best suitable time for your whole family to get the dental treatment you need and you can always count on us to be there for emergencies.
Pediatric dentists have undergone additional years of schooling to specialize in children’s dentistry. This means they will only treat children exclusively and have an age limit, typically of 17 or 18 years old. Once a child grows up, they’ll have to find a whole new dental home.
Family dentists are general dentists who can treat any member of the family, no matter their age. While not as specialized in the treatment of dental issues in children, we offer a wide range of general preventative, restorative, and cosmetic services, including many treatments that are typically exclusively offered in pediatric dental offices.
These include space maintainers, frenectomies, silver diamine fluoride treatments, stainless steel crowns, and pulpotomies. A family dentist gets acquainted with a child’s family history by treating their parents, unlike pediatric dentists. This makes us better able to prevent and detect hereditary oral health problems.