Whether young or old, a beautiful smile is important for your appearance and self-esteem. Further, healthy teeth do not only affect how you look, they also impact your dental function and, sometimes, your overall physical wellness. Dr. Robert Rapisarda offers a diverse range of restorative and general dentistry treatments for all ages. Children will benefit from routine preventative care, beginning as early as possible. In this way, they are more likely to enjoy a lifelong healthy smile. Adults benefit from routine care, as well. Dr. Rapisarda also offers numerous restorative treatments in case dental damage does occur. To perform all of his treatments, he uses the latest technology, which makes treatment faster and more comfortable. Contact our Boston practice today to learn more about our family dentistry services.
Caring for Infants’ and Children’s Teeth
Many adults believe that children are unlikely to develop cavities. Unfortunately, young patients are just as prone to decay as adults. Sometimes, they are even more susceptible to cavities, since they often eat sugary foods and do not understand proper dental hygiene. Therefore, it is important to monitor your child’s diet and oral care closely. Even in infancy, you should clean your baby’s gums with a soft cloth, and you should begin brushing as soon as teeth come in. It is also important to schedule a regular exam and cleaning no more than six months after the appearance of your child’s first tooth. At this time, we can clean his or her teeth, monitor dental development, and provide further instructions for oral care at home.
It is essential that your child receives enough fluoride as his or her teeth are developing. This important mineral will be incorporated into the structure of growing teeth to prevent erosion and decay. We can provide a rinse, varnish, or other supplement to protect your child’s teeth. Once your child’s permanent molars start to come in, we can apply sealants to reduce the risk of cavities.
Dental Care in the Adult Years
Preventative care is important for adults, as well as children. In the majority of cases, you should schedule regular dental cleanings every six months. However, if you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, you may need to make more frequent visits. Gum disease is a chronic condition, but with careful maintenance, you can keep your smile whole and healthy.
Regular care can protect your teeth, but daily wear and tear will eventually take their toll on the look and function of your smile. Therefore, we also offer numerous cosmetic and restorative treatments, and we will help you choose the right one for your needs. We can even combine several cosmetic options in a smile makeover that will transform your overall appearance.
Restorative Options for Senior Patients
Tooth loss and structural damage is a common occurrence as you approach your senior years. Continuous use can weaken your teeth. A lowered immune system and other health concerns can affect your ability to fight off oral bacteria. Therefore, you will be at a higher risk for gum disease and accompanying tooth loss. To correct dental damage, we offer several restorative options, including crowns, bridges, and tooth-colored fillings. Collaborating with local oral surgeons, we can also restore dental implants to fill in gaps in your smile permanently. We use WaterLase® lasers to perform many of these treatments, and we can also provide oral conscious sedation, if needed.
Of course, routine exams and cleanings are also important in your senior years. Even if you are missing all of your teeth, regular dental care will protect your gum tissue and jawbone health.
Contact Us Today for the Care You Need
Whether you are looking for treatment for yourself, your child, or your entire family, we are ready to provide the services you require. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Rapisarda today and enjoy a lifetime of dental health.