Long Family Dental provides general dentistry for families and business professionals in and around Cleburne and Midlothian. We believe in educating our patients about proper homecare to ensure your twice-annual visits are successful.
At Long Family Dental, we use the general dentistry option of treating cavities with fillings. Fillings are done to remove decay, and replace the affected tooth structure. It is called a filling because new material fills the hole that decay left. Most teeth are treated with bonded tooth-colored composite resin fillings. Caught early enough, cavities can be treated easily and comfortably. If not treated, decay can lead to tooth pain and/or infection, and the tooth may need root canal treatment or even extraction.
Another general dentistry tool we utilize at Long Family Dental is a small handheld diode laser to scan the surfaces of your teeth. As the light goes along, areas of decay show up. Healthy tooth material does not fluoresce (glow) under the special light. Decayed tooth material, however, shows up clearly. This allows us to see forming cavities months or years before they will ever show up on X-rays. This early detection makes it very easy to catch small problems long before they get a chance to become big problems. At Long Family Dental, laser decay detection is just another way we ensure the comfort of our Cleburne and Midlothian patients—and allows us to take care of problems before they severely damage your oral health.
For Long Family Dental, general dentistry includes preventive measures, such as preventing tooth decay with dental sealants. Sealants are used to fill in narrow grooves in a tooth that cannot be adequately cleaned by brushing. In some cases, the tooth structure has fine grooves or pits which accumulate plaque, not because the person doesn't brush, but because they're too narrow to allow even one bristle into them. These will develop cavities over time. We can brush on a coating that seals the grooves and pits, preventing decay by making it possible to brush away plaque and keep your teeth healthy.
Long Family Dental offers a wide array of general dentistry services for patients who live in and around Cleburne and Midlothian. For your regular checkups or professional cleanings, request your appointment!