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How to Choose a Dentist

April 21, 2014 @ 12:00 PM — by rwdds

Huntingdon Valley DentistChoosing the right dentist is a big deal, especially if you have a family. Professional dentistry involves more than simply cleaning teeth; it involves a personal relationship and shared effort between the dentist and patient to keep your smile healthy and safe. Every individual is unique, as are their smiles, and effective family dentistry addresses the particular issues specific to each member of your family. Huntingdon Valley dentist Robert Wilkoff understands the important role your dentist plays in your oral health, and explains a few things you should beware of when choosing your family’s dentist.

What Kind of Equipment Is Used?

A vital part of your routine dental visits involves thoroughly inspecting your teeth and gums for signs of cavities, inflammation, and other abnormalities, and the equipment used largely influences the effectiveness of your examination. The better the equipment, the more successful your diagnosis and the outcome of your procedure will be. The high-end services we offer include advanced technology such as digital X-rays, intraoral cameras, and dental lasers to make every part of your dental care and treatment more comfortable and precise.

Does the Dentist Offer Restorative as well as General and Cosmetic Dentistry?

General dentistry involves the routine care of your family’s oral health, such as dental checkups and cleanings, while cosmetic dentistry involves improving a smile’s appearance when it’s visibly blemished. Restorative dentistry describes restoring and rebuilding teeth that are damaged or inflicted with disease, and is influenced by factors such as the patient’s age and state of dental development. As a well-rounded family dentist, Dr. Wilkoff performs expert restorations that are appropriately customized to each family member’s needs, including children and older patients.

What Kinds of Restorations Are Used in the Office?

Cavities, or holes in your teeth caused by infectious tooth decay, are the most common chronic disease among children and adults in the United States. Mild to moderate cavities are usually treated with a dental filling, which traditionally consists of metal amalgam. As part of our dedication to providing safe, highly-effective, and visually-appealing dentistry, we only offer composite resin fillings, which are tinted to match natural teeth and don’t contain potentially-harmful mercury, like metal amalgam.

Does the Dentist See Children, Too?

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that children should see the dentist for the first time as soon as the first tooth appears, or by the time they reach their first birthday. Children should also begin attending regular dental checkup and cleaning appointments by age three. However, many general dentists won’t see young children, preferring to work only with teens and adults. By contrast, Dr. Wilkoff and our caring, compassionate staff enjoy working with our youngest patients, and we help parents teach their children to have fun while practicing good hygiene between visits.

Schedule a Visit Today

Your dentist is an important part of your family, and should have the skills and expertise to care for the smiles of every other member in your family. If you’re searching for a suitable family dentist, then schedule an initial visit with Dr. Wilkoff by contacting our office today. We look forward to meeting you and your family in person and helping you start the path to a lifetime of healthy, beautiful smiles.