Norfolk, MA Dental Services
From routine cleanings and fillings to implants and sedation, Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry is equipped to handle all your dental needs. To help you understand your options, we've included descriptions of some of our leading services on this page.
- Cosmetic Contouring
- Crowns and Bridges
- Specialty Dentures
- Cosmetic Fillings
- Emergency Dentist
- Root Canal
- Scaling and Root Planing
- Sedation Dentistry
- Cosmetic Dentistry
Initial Oral Examination
Your initial oral examination includes a visual examination, charting, periodontal probing, diagnosis, and treatment recommendations. We will also take x-rays, which includes a full mouth series or panoramic x-ray for proper diagnosis of the anterior (front) and posterior (back) teeth as well as the bite-wing x-ray series for proper diagnosis of proximal decay of posterior teeth.
Implants are synthetic structures that are placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. Implants are anchored to the jawbone or metal framework on the bone and act as a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge. In some cases, implants can be used to attach dentures. Read more about Implants .
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic cemented over the front of your teeth to change their color or shape. Veneers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces or are chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced, or crooked. Read More...
Crowns and Bridges
Crowns are synthetic caps, usually made of a material like porcelain, placed on the top of a tooth. Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth's function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are often used to restore the tooth. Read More...
Whitening procedures have effectively restored the smile of people with stained, dull, or discolored teeth. The darker tissue of your teeth, the dentin, can become exposed as the outer layer of enamel is worn away by the effects of aging or things like caffeine and tobacco. Read More...
There are many different lasers that can be used in Dentistry. Some are for the teeth, others are for the soft tissue and gums. There are different uses for the different types of laser.
There are a few advantages to using a soft tissue laser. A local anesthetic may be used although there is less pain during and after the procedure compared to conventional surgery. There is virtually no bleeding, no risk of infection, and the healing period can be a short as 3 days. Most procedures are quick as well. Read More...
Invisalign's® invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners will give you the beautiful straight teeth you've always wanted. And best of all, no one can tell you're wearing them. Invisalign is great for adults and teenagers. Read More...
Simple toothaches can often be relieved by rinsing the mouth to clear it of debris and other matter. Sometimes, a toothache can be caused or aggravated by a piece of debris lodged between the tooth and another tooth. Avoid placing an aspirin between your tooth and gum to relieve pain, because the dissolving aspirin can actually harm your gum tissue. Read More...
Our goal is to help you to minimize the risk of emergency treatment. This is why we commit a generous amount of time to designing a Lifetime Treatment Plan that will help you to offset the possibility of unforeseen pain or tooth breakage. Read More...
Close to 50% of adults in America suffer from gum disease (Periodontitis). Treatment for gum disease may include: Deep Cleanings (Scaling & Root Planing), instruction for correct home care, laser-assisted healing, placement of localized medication, and in some cases surgical procedures. Read More...
Oral Conscious sedation
Many patients that are overwhelmed by anxiety associated with dental treatment would benefit from different levels of sedation. There are a few levels of sedation and different medications that can be used. Sedation dentistry is a safe alternative to dental treatment under general anesthesia.
Nitrous Oxide sedation- A nose mask is used to inhale Nitrous Oxide together with Oxygen. Nitrous oxide is a safe way to lower anxiety and increase the pain threshold. The effects of nitrous oxide are reversed after inhaling oxygen for a few minutes after treatment. There are no residual effects and patients are not limited in activities after treatment.
Oral minimal and moderate sedation- There are a number of medications that alone or in combination with others will sedate the patient and make the dental treatment more tolerable. These drugs do not put the patient to sleep, although a patient may feel relaxed enough and tired that he will doze off. The patient can be aroused by calling his name or with physical stimulus. Some of the medications cause amnesia, so the patient will not remember the dental treatment. The type of drugs used is tailored specifically to each patient's needs and considers the age of the patient, amount of dental treatment needed, the health of the patient, and level of anxiety. During sedation, the patient is monitored to ensure his safety at all times. The sedative medications are still in effect to a certain extent after dental treatment is concluded, all patients need to be escorted and activity limited that day.
General Anesthesia- For selected cases we offer a choice of in-office general anesthesia as well as hospital-based dental treatment under general anesthesia for children and adults. We collaborate with a board-certified dental anesthesiologist for these cases.