A family dentist is a professional who is educated and trained in dentistry and focuses on services that serve the entire family. This is an important practice because it serves children and the elderly as well as any age in between. These professionals focus on the diagnosis, treatment, and maintenance of the oral cavity of a patient.
The first among the many services that a family dentist may offer his patients is diagnostics and assessment. Assessing the condition of the patient’s oral cavity is the first thing that this practitioner needs to be able to do. For babies, the placement and appearance of the milk teeth is an important factor to the permanent ones that will come out in mid childhood. During infancy or the phase of being a toddler, it is the parents’ responsibility to follow the instructions of the dental professional in order to maintain the condition and appearance of their child’s oral cavity. Some issues with the teeth often arise during early childhood and can be treated early in order to prevent any further problems in late childhood or adulthood. The right diagnosis can also help the patient when it comes to pinpointing other conditions that will need the attention of a dental specialist. These specialists are fully focused on dental fields which are specialties and sub-specialties of dentistry. Examinations and tests are also among the many things that a practitioner may do to the individual in order to diagnose and assess the oral cavity.
Another service that a family dentist is likely to offer his or her patients is the treatment of conditions, issues and problems that often arise in everyday dental life. Cavities, accumulation of plaque, tooth decay and many others are just the common problems that are tackled by these professionals. Extraction, many aspects of cosmetic dentistry, fillings and root canals are also among the services that he or she may offer. Some of these dentists are not allowed to practice surgical dentistry because they lack the education and training to do this.
Maintenance of the patient’s oral cavity is one aspect of a family dentist that is vital to the success and satisfaction of his patients. There are several procedures and treatments that are in fact preventive in the sense that they can catch the development of a problem before it even becomes full blown. Cleaning the teeth regularly will prevent many different problems that can arise and become bigger ones if they are left untreated. Once a patient is diagnosed with a certain condition, preventive measures and treatment are put in place in order for the patient to follow these and be satisfied with the results in a few months or so. Signs of bigger or deeper issues will warrant the recommendation of a specialist who can do intensive treatment for the problem.
The family dentist looks after the welfare of his patients’ oral cavity in order to prevent bigger issues in the future. They can recommend problems and issues which are beyond their field to other specialists.