Family Dentistry

So what is “family” dentistry? How does a family dentist differ from a general dentist? The key role of both a general and a family dentist is maintaining the good condition of your teeth, gums, and maxillofacial (jaw and  face) area. In other words, both family and general dentists provide crucial services directly related to oral hygiene and tooth health. Unlike some general dentists who may specialize in the care of only one age group, such as a pedodontist, who only works with young children, the family dentists at All Smiles Family Dental Center care for patients of all ages in the Barre Montpelier area. Family dentistry at All Smiles offers comprehensive preventative care and treatment to a wide variety of Vermont patients, from very young children to older adults, including seniors.

Our Vermont family dentist, Dr. Lynne Addiego, DMD, completed numerous hours of continuing education in dental advancements pertaining to dental implants, periodontal (gum) therapy, sedation dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry.  In our practice at All Smiles, we are ceaselessly searching for ways to improve the patient experience. Dr. Addiego’s nursing background contributes to her holistic approach to dentistry. “Your total health is affected if the condition of your teeth and gums are compromised”, says Dr. Addiego. In planning your care, Dr. Lynne considers the whole person and your individual needs. She involves you in the care planning process, making sure you receive the most optimal patient care and comfort.

We accept most major dental insurance. We also offer convenient monthly payment plans with no interest and low interest third party options with approved credit from CareCredit® and Chase Health Advance. To schedule an appointment or to learn more about insurance, payment options, and associated costs call: (802) 476-8700.

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Periodontal disease

Gum disease is an inflammatory infection affecting the tissues that surround your teeth and is the leading cause of tooth loss. Gum disease is also known as periodontitis or periodontal disease. With gum disease, bacteria generates toxins that damage the teeth’s connecting tissue and the bone surrounding and holding your teeth in place, eventually causing tooth loss. There are a host of potential causes of gum problems that are both correctable and controllable with proper hygiene and proper treatment. Your All Smiles dentist will consider causes like poor dental hygiene, or functional problems,like teeth grinding or clenching, health conditions including current or chronic medical problems, organic changes in your mouth, and any medications that may negatively effect the health of your gums when diagnosing and defining an appropriate treatment plan.

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No-drill/no-fill cavity repair

Until now, Vermont family dentists have lacked a suitable treatment method for early cavities, such as when X-ray findings show a mild legion on your tooth, and they had only two choices in the treatment of cavities: use fluoride therapy to remineralize enamel in very early stages, or wait helplessly for the early cavities to continue to deteriorate until it is time to “drill and fill”.

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Sedation

The Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation reports that millions suffer from what is know as “dental phobia”, stating that “30% of Americans avoid dental treatment due to fear”. If fear is keeping you from routine dental care, you owe it to yourself to learn more about sedation dentistry at All Smiles Family Dental Center in central Vermont. Avoiding the dentist will inevitably make matters worse over time by harming the functionality of your teeth, mouth, and smile, likely compromising your overall health. Through what is known as “sedation dentistry”, the All Smiles dentist can provide patients with a comfortable and relaxing experience that enables individuals who are afraid to go to the dentist with an anxiety-free experience.

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Custom mouthguards

If your child splits his or her lip it will heal, but a broken tooth does not “heal”. The National Youth Sports Foundation estimates that more than 5 million teeth will be knocked out in sporting activities this year. In fact, dental injuries are the most common type of orofacial injury sustained during participation in sports.The danger is real, and parents of school age children, teenagers, and young adults are well advised to take the proper precautions to help avoid serious injury to children and athletes. There is a reason professional athletes and adults involved in contact sports choose dentist fabricated custom mouthguards to protect their smiles from the inevitable perils associated with most sports. Serious trauma, caused by an elbow blow for example, can be avoided if the soccer or field hockey player is wearing a PlaySafe® mouthguard from All Smiles.
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Restorative care

Restoring or repairing decayed or damaged teeth back to their normal shape, appearance, and more importantly, function, is the most common dental restoration. They are often called “fillings” when tooth decay or cavities are removed and repaired. The name of the material used in the dental restoration process is generally named after the substance used to restore your tooth: Composite, “tooth-colored plastic”, ceramic material, and porcelain veneers are all examples. At All Smiles Family Dental Center, we offer a wide range of restorative treatment options.

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Preventative care

As recommended by the American Dental Association, All Smiles strongly encourages all our Vermont patients to schedule regular dental checkups and oral health maintenance–at least every six months. Doing so will help you prevent major dental problems that necessitate costly treatment down the road. At All Smiles Family Dental Center, we employ the safest and most effective leading edge dental technologies to minimize plaque build-up and eliminate tooth decay. We also provide all our patients with the information needed to maintain proper oral health care at home.

We use cutting edge technology, like digital radiology, to reduce patients’ exposure to ionizing radiation, and we offer the most advanced treatment options and materials available today. The whole family can feel comfortable going to All Smiles Family Dental Center, located in the Barre Montpelier area, for a wide spectrum of expert family dental care.

Dental health for kids

As a Vermont “family” dental center, All Smiles endeavors to make regular dental visits for children as pleasant and kid-friendly an experience as possible. Our staff and dentists try to make apprehensive children overcome whatever fears they may have, allowing kids to feel comfortable enough to be happy and willing patients.

Our All Smiles dentist and staff will communicate with you and your child with easy to understand explanations of your child’s dental care. We have several images that can be displayed on screens to help explain preventative care, brushing, and other oral hygiene care, as well as use of fluoride and other dental treatments.

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