Comprehensive Dental Care for the Whole Family
A healthy, positive smile is a valuable thing at any age. Having proper dental care can ensure that you and your loved ones can enjoy a lifetime of great smiles.
At Copperfield Smiles, we love helping patients of all ages achieve healthy, long-lasting smiles. Dr. Anthony Lee and his dedicated team provide comprehensive family dentistry to families of all sizes across the many Houston communities.
Don’t delay in giving your family the dental care they need.
Schedule a visit to our inviting Houston office today!
What is Family Dentistry?
Family dentistry includes a broad range of services designed to help patients care for all aspects of their smile. A family dentist provides care not only to adults or children, but to everyone in the family regardless of age. Working with whole families allows Dr. Mohr to create treatment plans and provide services that benefit the whole family, encouraging healthy smiles for all.
The services you can expect in family dentistry include:
- Dental exams and cleaning
- Preventive dentistry
- Periodontics (gum disease treatment)
- Dental restorations
- Cosmetic services
- Emergency dental care
- Patient education
Who is Family Dentistry for?
Family dentistry welcomes all patients, regardless of age or health. We accept single patients as well as whole families and provide quality care equally to all patients. We know that different ages and life situations can provide unique challenges, and we approach each patient on a personal level to deliver the care they need.
How Dental Care Changes at Different Life Stages:
From the moment a child’s first tooth emerges, consistent dental care is vital to protecting your smile for a lifetime. Every age has its own needs and requires a dentist who knows how to address them.
A child’s emerging teeth are especially vulnerable to tooth decay, especially because they don’t yet know how to care for them. Their baby teeth may be temporary, but they serve an essential role as guides for the adult teeth. It’s recommended that children see a dentist by their first birthday after their first tooth has emerged.
Teens have most of their adult teeth, with the final molars (wisdom teeth) emerging in early adulthood. It’s important that people at this age continue to see a dentist to ensure that their teeth remain healthy and that there are no unexpected complications.
Adults face a plethora of dental issues. It’s estimated that nearly half of all adults over thirty suffer from some level of gum disease. With regular visits, the dentist can work with you to keep your teeth and gums healthy into your later years.
It’s commonly believed that you lose teeth in old age – however, that doesn’t have to be the case. In fact, the leading cause of tooth loss in elderly patients is not aging, but gum disease. With regular care, it can be possible to protect against gum disease and preserve your natural teeth even into your golden years.
Why is it Important to Go to the Dentist Regularly?
It may be easy to overlook your 6-month exams and cleanings, but the benefits to both are huge. Dental exams allow us a full picture of your dental health and how it’s changed over time. On top of x-rays and visual exams, we also perform oral cancer screenings regularly. Being able to spot potential problems early on helps us apply quicker and more effective treatment, preventing small issues from becoming large health problems.
Dental cleanings also do more than give your teeth a good polish. With our special dental tools, we can help clean plaque and tartar too hardened for brushing and flossing to remove. This reduces your chance of a cavity and gum disease, protecting your teeth.
What Can I Expect at My 6-Month Checkup?
One of the most important services we provide is education. We help you and your loved ones understand how your dental health affects your overall health, and what you can do to protect it. We offer tips on easy ways to develop good hygiene habits for your whole family.
It’s especially important for children to develop good dental habits early. We take time to talk to children on their level, providing encouragement and helpful tips to motivate them to care about their teeth.
What Does it Mean if My Gums Bleed?
If you’ve noticed your gums bleeding when you brush or floss, you may be unsure if it’s cause for concern. Bleeding gums are a sign of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. While the symptoms of gingivitis are mild, if left untreated, it can progress to periodontitis, which is much more serious.
Keep an eye on your gums and schedule an appointment to visit the dentist soon, especially if you notice any of these other symptoms:
- Red or swollen gums
- Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Pain when chewing
- A receding gum line
How is Gum Disease Treated?
Treatment for gum disease depends on how serious it is. When you come in for a checkup, we’ll perform a careful evaluation to determine the level of gum disease and choose the appropriate treatment.
Cleaning and monitoring paired with good at-home hygiene may be enough to reverse the earliest signs of gum disease. At the later stages, more advanced treatment may be required.
Do I Need a Dental Restoration?
Restorations are designed to strengthen, protect, or replace a tooth. If you or a loved one has a tooth that’s been chipped, fractured, or has tooth decay, it may need a dental restoration such as bonding or a crown.
We provide a wide variety of dental restorations, including:
- Dental implant restoration
- Composite fillings
- Dentures & partials
- Fixed bridges
What if I’m Not Happy with My Smile?
If you're unhappy with your smile’s appearance maybe consider cosmetic dentistry. Treatments are designed to help you achieve a healthy, natural appearance to your smile.
Cosmetic treatments range from simple treatments like teeth whitening, to the more complex, such as veneers. Treatments such as ceramic crowns and composite fillings, help to protect your teeth without altering the appearance of your smile.
What Do I Do if I Have a Dental Emergency?
If you ever think you or a loved one are experiencing a dental emergency, call our office immediately. Even if you are unsure, we’ll help you determine the seriousness of the situation and what you need to do next. We do all we can to ensure that our patients get the help they need in time.
What Counts as a Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency can be anything that poses a threat to your teeth or oral structure. This can include:
- A knocked-out tooth
- A fractured or broken tooth
- Severe tooth pain
- Swelling in the face and neck
- A dental abscess, especially with a fever
- Serious bleeding in the mouth
Some problems may not require immediate attention. If you have a small chip in a tooth, or if a dental restoration has come loose, it is likely not an emergency unless you also have significant pain or bleeding. It’s still important to have the dentist take a look, so make an appointment with our office for a visit as soon as you can get in.
How Should I Act During a Dental Emergency?
If you or someone else has a dental emergency, taking the right steps could make a big difference in how successful their treatment will be.
Here’s what you’ll want to do if you find yourself in the following situations:
A Knocked-out Tooth
A knocked-out tooth requires immediate attention if there is any hope of reattaching it. Find the tooth and rinse it in milk or warm water. Always handle the tooth by the crown, not by the roots.
Do not use soap or scrub the tooth!
Rinse your mouth with warm water and apply gauze with firm, consistent pressure to stop the bleeding. If bleeding does not stop after ten minutes, and you aren’t yet able to see the dentist, we advise you to go to the emergency room.
A Broken Tooth
Save as much of the tooth pieces as possible. Rinse your mouth and the tooth pieces in warm water, and store the broken pieces in milk until you reach the dental office. The dentist will evaluate whether it’s possible to put the broken tooth back together. If not, we will devise a restoration plan for you.
Apply an ice pack or cold compress to the face near the affected area. Do not apply cold directly to the site, as this can make treatment more difficult. Over-the-counter painkillers may be used to help with the pain until you reach the dental office.
Pain can come from multiple sources. The dentist will need to perform an exam to determine the source and appropriate treatment.
Your Partners in Dental Care
At Copperfield Smiles, we believe that good dental care depends on a partnership between the dentist and the patient. We work with you to keep your smile healthy with quality treatment, and provide you with the tools and knowledge you need to maintain your dental health between visits.
We’re passionate about helping you understand and care for all the smiles in your family, so you can all enjoy a healthy future full of bright smiles. Make an appointment to visit our friendly office so we can get started today!