Keeping Smiles Healthy with General and Family Dentistry
Good oral health is essential to maintaining an attractive smile at every age. Family dentistry services prevent and treat oral health problems, helping to keep smiles healthy and looking their best.
Dr. John Goodman offers a wide variety of general and family dentistry services at his Kansas City, MO, practice to meet the dental care needs of families throughout the area. To discuss which treatments are right for the needs of you and your family, we welcome you to schedule a consultation.
Why Seek General and Family Dental Care?
General and family dentistry is important to maintaining healthy, beautiful smiles starting in childhood and throughout adulthood.
Beginning good oral hygiene habits, including regularly seeing a dentist, during childhood helps children carry these habits with them as they become adults, helping them to keep their teeth healthy and strong.
Seeking general and family dental care is also important for treating any oral health problems that arise, such as tooth decay, to protect and preserve oral health.
General and Family Dentistry Services
General and family dentistry services cover a wide range of dental issues, ranging from preventive care to restorative treatments. Our Kansas City patients benefit from the following services and more.
Routine Dental Exams and Cleanings
Routine dental exams and cleanings are perhaps the most important service for children and adults.
Routine exams and cleanings should be performed twice a year to identify any oral health problems as soon as possible as well as prevent plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth and along the gumline.
Dental sealants are a plastic coating that can be applied to the biting surfaces of the molars to prevent tooth decay and protect dental health. Dental sealants are especially beneficial in children.
For those with cavities, composite fillings can restore the strength of damaged teeth. Composite fillings are made of a tooth-colored material giving them the added benefit of seamlessly blending with the surrounding teeth.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal infections are painful and can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. Root canal therapy is an effective way to treat root canal infections and help prevent tooth loss or the need for tooth extraction.
Through root canal therapy, the inside of the tooth is cleaned and infected tissues are removed. The tooth can then be treated with a filling or, more commonly, restored with a dental crown.
Periodontal Disease Treatment
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is an infection caused by bacteria at and below the gum line. Without treatment, periodontal disease can lead to tooth decay and tooth loss.
There are several different treatment options for addressing gum disease. The treatment used will depend on the severity of gum disease. Those with minor gum disease may only require professional cleaning and more diligent brushing and flossing at home while those with severe gum disease may need surgical intervention.
Although traditional braces are most often thought of as a treatment for children and teenagers, adults with alignment or bite issues can also benefit from orthodontics.
Traditional braces use a system of metal brackets and wires attached to the teeth to gradually move the teeth to improve both the appearance and alignment of the teeth.
Schedule an Appointment
For more information about general and family dentistry treatments offered by Dr. Goodman, call our Kansas City practice at (816) 842-8585 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.