General Dentistry in Austin

General dentistry involves diagnosis and treatment of general conditions affecting the teeth, gums, and jaw. If you need treatment provided by a dental specialist, Dr. Temesgen considers it part of her responsibility as your general dentist and primary dental healthcare provider to assist you in coordinating that treatment. General dentists can provide overall oral healthcare for patients of all ages. Dr. Temesgen is highly educated and trained to provide a variety of dental services.

At Premier Family Dental in Austin, we believe prevention should be the main objective of general dentistry. We aim to identify and treat problems before they grow to become serious, more painful and more expensive. Regular checkups with us (every 3–6 months), combined with proper home care, will result in better oral health. We believe a healthy body needs a healthy mouth!

General Dentistry

Routine & Preventive Care

We are pleased to develop comprehensive treatment plans to help patients achieve and maintain smiles that maximize their personal health and appearance, including restorative and cosmetic procedures in addition to preventive general dentistry treatments.

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Restorative Dentistry

Restorative DentistrySome of the most basic activities in life — including eating, talking, smiling, and laughing — can be challenging for people who are missing teeth, but these can all become easier again with restorative dentistry! The word “restore” means to return something to a former condition. Dr. Temesgen desires not only to restore your smile to its former health, but also to make it look and feel even better than before. From natural-looking dental fillings and crowns to dental implant restorations and dentures, Premier Family Dental offers a range of restorative treatments for patients whose smiles need a second chance.

Contact us now to learn more about how our restorative treatments can give you back your smile.

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Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic DentalA healthy, beautiful smile can make life more beautiful. It can raise self-esteem, increase confidence, help you make better first impressions on others, and improve your personal and professional life. There are several subtle yet noticeable ways we can enhance your smile, and there are also more dramatic cosmetic dental treatments, often called “smile makeovers,” that can make the smile of your dreams a reality! Ask us at your visit about the possibilities for your smile.

Get a brilliant, beautiful new smile with a cosmetic appointment.

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Periodontal (Gum & Bone) Disease

Close-up SmileAccording to MedlinePlus, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, over 80% of U.S. adults have some form of periodontal disease, ranging from gingivitis to the various forms and stages of periodontitis. The prevalence of periodontal disease increases with age, because teeth wear down and become more sensitive as time passes, gums naturally recede, and systemic conditions and medications can affect oral health.

Warning Signs of Periodontal Disease

Gum Disease IllustrationIf your gums feel tender or sore, or if they look red and swollen, you may have periodontal disease. Other warning signs include bleeding and/or receding gums, pain or sensitivity in your teeth, loose teeth caused by weakening gum fibers or bone loss, and persistent bad breath. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss as well as various serious health problems.

Treatment for Periodontal Disease

If you have any degree of periodontal disease, we want to help. Periodontal disease used to require surgery more often than not. While surgery is still an option and sometimes needed, many cases are now treated with less invasive techniques first, such as deep dental cleanings, local antibiotics, and special mouth rinses.

If you’re experiencing any of the warning signs of periodontal disease, call us now to schedule an appointment.

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Sedation Dentistry

Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

Nitrous OxideWe offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to help our patients relax. We want you to get the dental treatment you need and feel at ease during the process. Nitrous oxide is a sweet-smelling, colorless blend of gases that can create feelings of well-being and tranquility when inhaled. Some patients even describe a sense of floating or giddiness, which is why it is called “laughing gas.” This safe and easy dental sedation option helps many people feel comfortable during treatment.

Oral Conscious Sedation

sedationIf you have felt fearful about dental treatment in the past, you are not alone. We want you to know that such feelings are common and people of any age can experience them. We also want you to know that we can help! Oral conscious sedation dentistry — sometimes referred to as “relaxation dentistry” — is another option we offer to help you become as comfortable as possible through a simple pill. Some people mistakenly call is “sleep dentistry,” but though you will feel very calm and relaxed during treatment, you will still be awake and able to respond. Thanks to oral conscious sedation, more patients can have all necessary treatment completed in one day, and they regain alertness feeling refreshed.

If you have avoided seeing a dentist because of dental anxiety or fear, please call us today to schedule an appointment. We want to help you get the dental treatment you need, just the way you need it.

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State-of-the-Art Technology

In addition to making dentistry more efficient and interesting for us, advancements in dental technology also make more comfortable and convenient care possible for patients. New technologies and ever-improving dental treatment methods give patients more choices, too; many times, more affordably than ever before.

Digital X-rays

Digital Dental X-rayDigital X-rays are comfortable for you and they are faster than traditional X-rays, with the images available to be enlarged and viewed on a computer or TV screen within seconds. Digital X-rays are also safe. They can even be used during pregnancy, and some studies cite that they emit up to 90% less radiation! With no chemical processing needed, digital X-rays are a good choice for you and the environment.

X-rays, also known as radiographs, are commonly used in dental exams of patients of all ages. Many problems with teeth and the surrounding tissues cannot be seen by the naked eye. An X-ray is needed to reveal:

  • Small areas of decay between teeth or below existing restorations (fillings)
  • Deep cavities
  • Infections that can develop in the jawbone
  • Deep gum disease
  • Abscesses or cysts
  • Developmental abnormalities
  • Some types of tumors

Digital Photographs

Intraoral CameraLike digital X-rays, digital photographs with our intraoral camera are a diagnostic and patient education tool we think you will appreciate. Using the camera, we can give you a “tour” of your mouth on a TV or computer screen. This shows you what we see, guiding you through your diagnosis and treatment options.

On our end, the camera allows us to visualize more and diagnose issues we might not have been able to see without the up-close view that the intraoral camera gives us.

Call today to schedule an appointment and see how our technology can improve your oral health.

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