Family Dentistry in Austin, TX
A family dentist is a dentist with in-depth knowledge of dental health and its related problems at all stages of life. That means they have the training to accommodate your dental needs from childhood through adulthood, resulting in tailor-made treatment and a thorough dental history. Family dentists are also the ideal choice for families of adults and children.
Here, at Dr. Emily Zaramella, DDS, our doctors, Dr. Emily Zaramella and Dr. Jim Tyree, strive to develop positive relations with their patients and their families. They take the time to answer their patient's questions while providing the best treatment for lifelong dental health.
Family dentistry is not a single aspect of dentistry. It covers a range of dental fields which results in a wide variety of services that cater to every age, such as:
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends a routine check-up up roughly twice a year. A routine appointment with your dentist will typically include a professional cleaning and a detailed examination of your teeth, gums, and other oral tissues. We may also recommend an oral cancer screening for our older patients.
Professional dental care is a crucial part of your child's oral health. Be sure to schedule your child's first appointment by the time their first teeth erupt, or before their first birthday. Scheduling regular appointments allows us to monitor the development of their oral health. Developmental problems are easier to treat in the beginning stages. As your child grows older, we can establish a strong foundation for their oral health, one that will ensure a lifetime of healthy, beautiful teeth.
Your periodontal (gum) tissues are just as important as your teeth. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. Periodontal disease is the result of an infection in the gum tissues, connective ligaments, and eventually the alveolar bone.
The disease is characterized by gums that are swollen, red, and tend to bleed during brushing and flossing. Luckily, periodontal disease is easy to prevent and treat if it is caught early enough. If we notice signs of advanced periodontal disease, we may recommend a scaling and root planning procedure. The goal is to return your gums to a pink, healthy state.
A mouthguard will protect your teeth and prevent dental emergencies. If you suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding), we may recommend a nightguard. Many patients with bruxism tend to grind their teeth during sleep. A night guard acts as a barrier that prevents enamel wear.
Contact sports or sports with moving objects can be a very dangerous environment for your teeth. One extreme tackle or a ball hit into the mouth can do serious, sometimes permanent, damage to the jaw and mouth. If you participate in physical activities that put you at risk for dental trauma or injury, we strongly recommend a custom-made sports mouthguard.
This field of dentistry also covers pediatric dentistry, which provides professional dental care for children as young as six months old. With regular visits, our family dentists examine your child's teeth monitoring teeth development and recognizing the early signs of potential dental issues. They also provide dental education that teaches children how to properly care for their teeth and gums.
Benefits of Family Dentistry
Family dentists benefit families as well as individuals. Seeing the same dentist from childhood leads to a well-maintained dental history that keeps track of every issue and treatment. With this valuable information, dentists can recommend the best course of action to keep your teeth and gums healthy as you mature.
Seeing multiple generations of a family also allows a family dentist to make accurate predictions about your future dental health. This gives room for preventative treatments that can save patients a great deal of time and energy in the future.
A family dentist is also very convenient, especially for families with adults and children. They remove the need to visit several dentists in different locations. Everyone can go to the same place. Additionally, appointments for routine checkups and treatments are scheduled around each other in a way that is most convenient for you and your family. This makes a visit to the dentist much more manageable and less time-consuming.
As you and your family continue to visit the same family dentist, it will reduce the anxiety and stress that often surrounds visits to the dentist. Children will be more comfortable seeing the same friendly face, and the doctor will be aware of your worries leading to a more comfortable, positive experience.
Schedule a Consultation Today!
Here, at Dr. Emily Zaramella, DDS, our patients are our family, and we take their dental health very seriously. Contact us at 737-273-3303 to schedule a consultation. If you have children, we encourage you to bring them along. You don't have to wait for their baby teeth to fall out to start their dental health care.