Your dental health matters at Family Dental Center in New Port Richey, Florida. Our family dentist and practice takes pride in helping you learn how to maintain your teeth for better health and long-term comfort. Here you will discover the latest procedures, and news in sound dental health.
Glossary of Dental Terms
|• General Dentistry
• Family Practice
• Accepting New Patients
• Anxiety-Free Dentistry
• Emergency Appointment
• Checkups & Preventive Care
|• Whitening Treatments
• Oral Cancer Screening
• Diagnostic Testing
• Fluoride Treatments
• Caps & Crowns
|• Periodontal Treatment
• Root Canals
• Dentures & Partial
• Tooth Implants
"General Dentist" refers to a dentist that has not limited his/her practice to any of the dental specialties. DR. Khambaty is trained to and can legally perform any dental procedure. Specialists on the other hand are dentists who have additional training in their specialty, and typically are limited to performing procedures within that specialty.
Family dentists usually accept patients of all ages, making a family dentistry office a convenient choice if you have children in your home. Family dentists care for your child's baby teeth as well as permanent teeth. At Family Dental center we treat patients age 5 and up.
Accepting New Patients
I am always surprised when someone asks me this. I guess some doctors or dentists are not? We are always happy to meet potential new patients. We are "insurance friendly", which means that we do accept assignment of benefits from most of our patients dental insurance plans. We also accept patients with no coverage.
Anxiety Free Dentistry
Even though we do not offer sedation at our office, we do "cater to cowards". DR. Khambaty understands how patients feel when going to the dentist and our caring staff will try to ease your fear while being treated.
Same Day Emergency Appointments
There’s nothing worse than injuries that affect your smile. If you or your child is injured on the ball field, at school, at camp or in the backyard, we can have their smile fixed the same day. Whether you are in pain, need an emergency repair to dentures or chipped teeth, we offer same day service.
Check Ups & Preventive Care
Preventive care is one of the most important steps you can take towards achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Routine dental exams and regular cleanings may help prevent the incidence of higher-cost treatments such as periodontal surgery, root canals, extractions and fillings. After all, early detection and prevention are key to minimizing your need for more serious dental treatment.
As a person ages the adult teeth often become darker due to changes in the mineral structure of the tooth, as the enamel becomes less porous.Teeth can also become stained by bacterial pigments, foodstuffs and tobacco. Certain antibiotic medications (like tetracycline) can also cause teeth stains or a reduction in the brilliance of the enamel. There are different options to whiten one's teeth that include: in-office bleaching, which is applied by a professional dentist; at-home bleaching, which to be used at home by the patient; over-the-counter, which is applied by patients.
Oral Cancer Screening
Deadly - and strangely silent in our society - Oral Cancer is growing at an alarming rate - over 11% in 2007 the United States alone. The five-year mortality rate of Oral Cancer is higher than, cervical cancer and prostate cancer, and kills one person every hour of every day. The Identafi® uses white, violet and amber wavelengths of light to excite oral tissue in distinct and unique ways. As a result, biochemical changes can be monitored with fluorescence, while morphological changes can be monitored with reflectance. The combined system of fluorescence and reflectance uses the body's natural tissue properties as an adjunctive tool for oral mucosal examination.
At times, we suggest that diagnostic tests are performed. We do this to get a complete view of what is happening in your mouth and your body.
Fluoride therapy is the delivery of fluoride to the teeth topically or systemically in order to prevent tooth decay (dental caries) which results in cavities. Most commonly, fluoride is applied topically to the teeth using gels, varnishes, toothpaste/dentifrices or mouth rinse.
Dental sealants are thin resin coatings that are applied to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to protect them from tooth decay. Most tooth decay in children and teens occurs on these surfaces. Sealants protect the chewing surfaces from tooth decay by keeping germs and food particles out of these grooves.
Periodontitis or pyorrhea is a set of inflammatory diseases affecting the tissues that surround and support the teeth. Periodontitis involves progressive loss of the alveolar bone around the teeth, and if left untreated, can lead to the loosening and loss of teeth. Periodontitis is caused by microorganisms that adhere to and grow on the tooth's surfaces. A diagnosis of periodontitis is established by inspecting the soft gum tissues around the teeth with a probe (i.e. a clinical exam) and by evaluating the patient's x-ray films (i.e. a radiographic exam), to determine the amount of bone loss around the teeth.
is a restorative material used to restore the function, integrity and morphology of missing tooth structure. The structural loss typically results from caries or external trauma. At Family Dental Center, Dr. Khambaty only uses white or tooth colored composite resin to fill teeth, giving it a natural look.
The composite resin used in bonding can be shaped and polished to match the surrounding teeth. Most often, bonding is used for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of a discolored or chipped front tooth. It also can be used to close spaces between teeth, to make teeth look longer or to change the shape or color of teeth.
A crown is a type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth.Crowns are often needed when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth. They are typically bonded to the tooth using a dental cement. Crowns are often used to improve the strength or appearance of teeth.
bridge, also known as a fixed partial denture, is a dental restoration used to replace a missing tooth by joining permanently to adjacent teeth. A bridge is fabricated by reducing the teeth on either side of the missing tooth. Dr. Khambaty will crown the teeth adjacent to the space and bridge the gap with a pontic, or "dummy tooth", the restoration is referred to as a bridge.
A dental implant is a "root" device, usually made of titanium, used to support restorations that resemble a tooth or group of teeth to replace missing teeth. Dental implants can be used to support a number of dental prostheses, including crowns, implant-supported bridges or dentures.
Root canal is also a term for a dental operation, endodontic therapy, wherein the pulp is cleaned out, the space disinfected and then filled. For many people who experience tooth pain or discomfort, a root canal treatment may be recommended, and a dentist should be consulted in a timely manner.
Dentures & Partials
complete dentures or full dentures are worn by patients who are missing all of the teeth in a single arch. Removable partial dentures are for patients who are missing some of their teeth on a particular arch.