Family Dentistry in St. Marys
Friendly dental care for the entire family
At Parker & Pennington Dentistry, we offer comprehensive care for all the members of your family, from toddlers to teens to seniors. We understand the various challenges our patients may face at each stage of their lives and know how to treat those issues individually. Dr. Pennington and Dr. Parker are both known for their caring, friendly manner and dedication to helping ensure their patients maintain a lifetime of oral health.
Dental services for the children in your family
You can start bringing your children in at around age two to three. Drs. Parker and Pennington have children of their own, and they’re both great with kids, as is our entire team. We like to have a parent or older sibling bring the little ones in for a “Happy Visit” so they get used to the sights, sounds and smells of a dental office.
If children are up to it during the first visit, we sit them in the dental chair, shine the light, and let them play with gloves, masks and water syringe. We understand how important it is for your child to have a good experience, and we build up trust one visit at a time.
Preventative dental care
Studies show that children who are taught to care for teeth at an early age are much more likely to have better oral health over their lifetime than children who aren’t taught proper dental care. Our hygienists love teaching kids how to brush and floss. They take time to explain any procedure and make sure your child is kept comfortable at all times.
Dental sealants are a plastic material applied to your child’s teeth to help deter cavities by creating a barrier that covers the crevices of the teeth. They are generally applied to teeth that are used to chew (premolars and molars), where it can be difficult to reach with a toothbrush, allowing decay to occur.
For small cavities, we can use air abrasion rather than a dental drill. This means no anesthesia and a more comfortable visit for your child.
Baby root canal treatment
A child’s primary teeth have larger pulp spaces than adult teeth and decay doesn’t need to be extensive before it reaches the root canal containing pulp and nerve. When young patients have decay that reaches the pulp, we perform a pulpotomy where the infected tissue is removed and a medicated filling is placed inside the pulp chamber to help save the tooth.
Teeth straightening for teens
Teen years are often filled with photographic memories, and we understand how important it is for teens to be able to smile confidently. We offer Invisalign Teen®, an alternative to traditional metal braces proven to be equally effective.
The virtually invisible, smooth plastic trays can be removed when playing sports or a musical instrument, and when taking photos of an important event such as prom or graduation.
Rejuvenate your smile
As we age, we can experience wear and tear on our teeth, as well as yellowing or staining. Our doctors offer cosmetic procedures such as veneers and teeth whitening to help you keep your smile sparkling and beautiful. Invisalign® clear aligners can straighten teeth as effectively as traditional metal braces without the unsightly hardware.
Full mouth restoration
If teeth and gums have reached a more advanced stage of disrepair, Dr. Parker and Dr. Pennington have extensive experience in restoring your mouth to full form and function.
At Parker & Pennington Dentistry, our goal is to help all members of the family maintain optimum oral health and keep their teeth for life.