General dental care is preventative in nature. Anything from routine dental appointments to sports mouthguards can help prevent the development of future oral health problems. For example, our pediatric dental care for our younger patients helps set them up for healthy future smiles. We provide comprehensive general and routine dental services for all ages in Bensalem, PA. General dentistry is the foundation of a healthy smile, and it supports your long-term oral health and wellness.
At Perfect Smiles, we want all of our patients to be aware of their current oral health condition, risk factors for disease, and any changes in the appearance or function of their teeth and gums. Our general dental services help keep patients on track to maintain beautiful and healthy smiles.
The Importance of Preventative Care
Preventative care provides the base of your oral health. It needs to take place both during regular visits to the dentist office and while you’re at home. Our dental staff provides patient education to ensure that you have the best tools to take care of your smile. If you’re prone to certain conditions like gum disease, we’ll recommend products that are beneficial for prevention. We can offer the best brushing and flossing techniques, as well as tips for a diet that’s beneficial to your oral health.
Even if you’re taking the best care of your teeth possible at home, you still need to visit the dentist regularly. Our staff uses specialized dental tools to clean the areas where your toothbrush and floss don’t necessarily reach. This is especially true if you have cramped or crooked teeth, as they’re harder to clean. Without regular dental visits, plaque and tartar build up in these areas, making you more likely to develop tooth decay or gum disease.
We’re also trained to notice things that you probably wouldn’t notice on your own. Problems like gum disease and oral cancer have early warning signs that aren’t painful and may not seem super out of the ordinary. We do a thorough oral examination at each of your dental visits to check for signs of things like this. With x-rays and other digital diagnostic tools, we monitor how your mouth changes each visit. We want to help you take care of problems in the early stages, where treatment is less expensive and less invasive.
General Dentistry Services in Bensalem, PA
Our general dental treatments help maintain the smile and prevent future oral health problems. Regular visits allow our team to spot developing dental problems and provide timely treatment, often conservative in nature. Discover more about these preventative treatments below:
Do you or your child play contact sports? You need a custom sports mouthguard. Our professionally made sports mouthguards are customized to each patient for a proper fit. When compared to store-bought mouthguards, our customized mouthguards are comfortable and do not fall out during games.
Call our office in the event of a dental emergency. We can treat patients with toothaches, lost permanent teeth, broken dental restorations, and more. However, if you have had an accident and require medical care, receive treatment in a hospital first. We can provide you with dental care after you are treated for physical injuries.
As a family dental office, we offer dental care to patients of all ages. Our dentists work with parents and their children to ensure that they are receiving the best treatments for their stage in life. Perfect Smiles offers pediatric to geriatric care and serves all of the patients in between.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common type of sleep disorder that affects many Americans. Several symptoms, including snoring, mood swings, insomnia, and chronic migraines, are common warning signs. We offer oral appliances as an alternative to CPAP machines for a more comfortable and quieter way to treat sleep apnea.
Many patients may think that dental extractions are painful. However, tooth extraction treatment actually removes pain caused by impacted or infected teeth. We use local anesthesia and may offer sedation for more complex procedures. Our dental team makes sure that patients feel comfortable during their treatments and their healing process.
General Dentistry FAQs
If you have any remaining questions about our general dental treatments, read answers to common questions many of our patients have here:
Do I have sleep apnea if I snore?
Sometimes, snoring is an isolated problem. Although snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea, it is not an immediate indicator of a sleep disorder. However, if you experience any other signs of sleep apnea, including insomnia and mood swings, please contact our office.
How often do I need to replace my sports mouthguard?
We will often recommend that patients replace their mouthguards every sports season. If there are any changes in the fit of the mouthguard, or if patients receive braces, they will need a new sports mouthguard. Our team ensures that mouthguards are durable and fit comfortably against the teeth.
Does your office provide treatment for seniors?
Yes, we offer our older patients restorative, general, and cosmetic options. Aging can lead to changes in the smile, whether it’s tooth wear, discoloration, and even loss. Common treatments we offer seniors include dental implants, dentures, dental bridges, porcelain veneers, tooth bonding, and teeth whitening treatment. Our office can help patients improve their aging smiles’ look, feel, and health.
Why should I have a family dentist?
A family dentist can establish a long-term relationship with a patient. This long-term relationship enables the dentist to effectively identify and address potential dental issues at an earlier stage. Moreover, a family dentist knows your family’s dental history. It is easier for parents to keep up with their children’s oral health when visiting the same family practice. Finally, a family dentist can provide same-day or after-hours appointments.
Can a general dentist pull a tooth?
Yes, a general dentist has the qualifications to pull a tooth. If you’re dealing with a seriously decayed or damaged tooth, your dentist might recommend removing it. A dentist will always try to save a tooth if possible. However but sometimes an extraction is the best course of action. Complex tooth extractions may require your dentist to refer you to an oral surgeon.
What kind of X-rays does a dentist use?
Dentists use X-rays to diagnose and treat dental problems. The types of X-rays dentists use are bitewing, intraoral, occlusal, panoramic, and periapical X-rays. Bitewing X-rays provide an overview of the upper and lower teeth in a single image. Dentists take Intraoral images inside the mouth to capture details of individual teeth. Occlusal views show how teeth interact when biting down. Panoramic shots create a wider view that includes an entire jawline. Finally, periapical images identify decay, cysts, or abscesses around the root of each tooth. Your dentist will determine which type of X-ray is necessary for you.
Request a Dental Appointment
Our friendly dental team looks forward to seeing you at your next appointment at our Bensalem office. Schedule a dental consultation with us on our website. You may also call our office at 215-770-1081. We see patients from Bensalem, Trevose, and the surrounding areas.