So, you’re looking for a new dentist, but you’re not sure where to start. Google searches indicate that there is a general dentistry and a family dentistry near you, but how do you know which one is right for you? Well, never fear–we’re here to help you choose!
Dr. Michael J. Young specializes in general dentistry for the whole family. He and his dedicated team offer comprehensive services for all ages, including preventive, restorative, and cosmetic solutions. If you need a new dentist, then let our team show you why Lafayette and Delcambre, LA, residents choose us over our competition. Give us a call at (337) 237-6453 or send us a message here to get started.
Meanwhile, let’s compare and contrast family dentistry and general dentistry. With this information, you’ll be able to make the right choice for you and your oral health needs.
What is general dentistry?
General dentistry is an umbrella term used to describe the broad range of services that a doctor of dental surgery or dental medicine can provide. Typically, these services include treatments and procedures like:
- Preventive care
- Cavity and root canal treatments
- Dental bonding
- Tooth extractions
- Periodontal care
- Emergency services
- And much more
General dentists must have a medically-related undergraduate degree before pursuing four years of dental school. Once general dentists begin practicing, they must continue their education and maintain their credentials on a regular basis.
Ordinarily, dentists refer to themselves as ‘general dentists’ if they only see patients within a certain age range (usually teens and older). Therefore, a general dentist may not accept or treat pediatric patients.
What is family dentistry?
A family dentist undergoes the same education and training as a general dentist. However, a family dentist has unique training in pediatric and/or geriatric dentistry to care for patients of all ages. This special training means that a family dentistry can provide oral care for the whole family, from the crib into the Golden Years.
Which is right for me: family dentistry or general dentistry?
Ultimately, the choice is up to you. However, patients with children should prioritize family dentists over general dentists, as these professionals are more likely to accept pediatric patients.
But, this doesn’t mean that patients without children must limit themselves to general dentists. Indeed, these patients are free to choose whichever dental professional suits them best, as both professionals will offer the same services.
Luckily, Dr. Young makes things easy by offering general dental care for the entire family. No more shuttling around to different dental offices–our patients can get exceptional dental care for the whole family under one roof!
Contact our Family Dentist Today
Whether you have children or not, it’s time to visit a family dentist for a routine checkup and dental cleaning. So, stop searching for ‘dentists near me’ on Google, and start scheduling your appointment with Dr. Michael J. Young today.
Patients of all ages can schedule their appointment by calling our team at (337) 237-6453 or by sending us a secure message here.