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Family Dentistry

White father holding a mirror for his happy, young son sitting in a dental chair while his Black female dentist happily watchesFamily dentistry is a specialty of general dentistry that caters to patients of all ages, from infants to senior citizens, and offers comprehensive dental care. Dentists specializing in treating various dental diseases for the entire family are known as family dentists. These dentists help patients maintain good oral health by providing preventative care, restorative therapy, and cosmetic procedures. Approach Dr. Thomas Gent and Dr. Audrey Su at Sola Smile Co. to learn more about family dentistry.

Benefits of Family Dentistry

Treatment for Everyone in the Same Place

The ability to receive comprehensive dental care for a complete family at a single location is among the most significant advantages of family dentistry. Everyone in the family can receive dental care at the same clinic, eliminating the need to see several dentists for their oral health needs. This might be an especially valuable amenity for busy families with various schedules to coordinate.

Numerous Dental Care Options

Dentists who practice family dentistry provide their patients with a comprehensive selection of preventative and restorative dental care options. Family dentistry places a significant emphasis on preventative care in the form of routine checkups and cleanings for patients of all ages. Having these checkups at regular intervals allows for detecting and treating dental issues at an earlier stage before they become more significant and expensive to address.

Easy Access to Restorative Procedures

Family dentistry also includes the critically important specialty of restorative dentistry. Restorative procedures such as fillings, crowns, and bridges repair teeth that have been damaged or decayed. These procedures help to restore the function of the teeth. General dentists may also be qualified to undertake procedures such as root canals and tooth extractions to treat more serious dental conditions.

Easy Access to Cosmetic Procedures

Another area of concentration for general dentists is cosmetic dentistry. The overall appearance of a person's smile can be improved by undergoing cosmetic operations such as teeth whitening, veneers, or orthodontic treatment. These procedures can also improve the appearance of individual teeth. To correct teeth without using traditional braces, many general dentists now provide Invisalign or other transparent aligners in addition to their standard orthodontic services.

Emphasis on Preventative Treatment

Family dentistry has a strong emphasis on preventative treatment. Getting your teeth cleaned and examined consistently can help to avoid dental problems such as cavities, gum disease, and other dental issues before they become more severe. In addition, family dentists may instruct patients on the best methods for maintaining good oral hygiene, as well as providing fluoride treatments or dental sealants to help prevent tooth decay.

Hospitable Environment

Family dentists also try to cultivate a warm and inviting atmosphere for their patients. They know that many individuals suffer from anxiety or fear regarding dental procedures and treatments. Therefore, they ensure that each patient's appointment is as worry-free as possible. Dentists that practice family dentistry may employ methods such as sedation dentistry and distraction techniques to help patients experience a higher level of comfort and relaxation during dental operations.


Dentists who treat families see their patients throughout their lives, from childhood to adulthood. As a result, they are familiar with each patient's dental history and their specific requirements. This can make it easier for patients to receive the necessary care without hesitation.

Dental Exam

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends a routine check-up up roughly twice a year. A routine appointment with our doctors 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.

Dental Cleaning

Maintaining good oral hygiene is vital if you want your teeth to stay strong, functional, and attractive. Apart from regular brushing and flossing, it is also necessary to keep your dental appointments with us regularly. You should visit us at least twice a year for a professional cleaning to ensure you have excellent dental hygiene and your teeth and surrounding structures are healthy.

Oral Cancer Screening

Cancer screening can be a frightening scenario for some people, but it should not be. The truth is oral cancer screenings done consistently offer you the opportunity to discover problems early when they can be treated more easily and successfully. If you have questions about our oral cancer screening procedures, then please visit our office so our professional staff can guide you through the procedure.

Dentistry for Kids

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.

Periodontal Care

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 planing 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 night guard. Many patients with bruxism tend to grind their teeth during sleep. A night guard acts as a barrier that prevents enamel wear.


Invisalign are clear aligners that are typically used in straightening teeth. The method is mostly used in orthodontics. Invisalign is created in the dental office using impressions of the patient's teeth. While traditional braces use fixed wires to align the teeth, Invisalign uses a variety of settings to gradually move your teeth into the perfect position. Invisalign fixes numerous problems, including crossbites, open bites, underbites, overbites, crowded teeth, and tooth gaps.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is characterized by the repeated cessation of breathing during sleep. There are three main types of sleep apnea: obstructive, central, and complex. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form caused by the relaxation of the muscles in the throat. We offer oral appliances to alleviate the symptoms of sleep apnea. An oral appliance can provide you with safer and more restful sleep!

Schedule an Appointment

To learn more about our family dentistry services call 512-615-9405, and schedule an appointment now!
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