When you go to the dentist, there are a number of faces you’ll interact with during your visit. All of the various team members that make up a dental practice are crucial to ensuring that patient needs are met. Plus, these team members all work together to provide essential dental services in order to promote healthy smiles. Here are some of the smiling faces you will see at your visit to Riverbend Family Dentistry.
Your Front Office Dental Team
From the moment you walk into our dental office, you’ll be greeted by our front office staff. These team members are responsible for the logistics of our dental practice. Some of these responsibilities include scheduling appointments, coordinating and verifying insurance, treatment coordination, and practice management. You’ll likely interact with our front office dental team when you’re making an appointment, figuring out insurance or payment options, and learning about your dental treatment needs. This means that these individuals won’t be in the exam room with you and the doctor. However, they are an integral part of how our dental practice runs efficiently and the first faces you’ll see when you walk into our office!
Dental Hygienists – Keeping Your Mouth Healthy
Every person should have a dental cleaning at least twice a year – every six months. This dental cleaning is conducted by a dental health specialist referred to as a dental hygienist. These specialists work to not only clean the mouth to maintain oral health, but also help the doctor diagnose any issues which may require treatment. To help provide accurate information for overall dental health, a dental hygienist will likely take dental x-rays. Riverbend Family Dentistry uses low-dose radiation digital x-rays that allow us to see deep into the teeth, gums, bone, and soft tissue much beyond what you can see with the naked eye. These x-rays are very important in the dental treatment planning process. Dental hygienists are also very passionate about education and teaching good at-home oral care to keep your teeth healthy and happy.
Dental Assistants – Assisting Hands for Both Patients and Dentist
You may notice, when you’re at the dentist getting treatment for any reason, the dentist isn’t the only person in the room. Dental assistants are team members responsible for assisting our doctors during treatment. Plus, they help to ensure a patient’s comfort during dental treatment. Some of the things dental assistants may be responsible for during your visit include taking you to the examination or treatment room, readying dental instruments for use, assisting the dentist throughout treatments or operations, taking x-rays, and cleaning/disinfecting after treatments.
Dentist – Your General and Cosmetic Dental Health Specialist
Certainly, the one person you expect to see at your dental visits is your dentist. A dentist is a medical practitioner who specializes in dental treatments and procedures. So, they’re the person who fixes you when you have a toothache, bleeding gums, or another dental emergency or issue. Furthermore, they’re also the person who can provide you with cosmetic dental treatments which can enhance your smile. These cosmetic dental services include cosmetic crowns, dental implants, teeth whitening, teeth straightening aligners, veneers, and more! So, whether you have a dental emergency, need dental treatment, or want to enhance your smile, your dentist is who you need to talk with to begin and make a customized plan that meets your needs.
Schedule Your Next Dental Visit at Riverbend Family Dentistry
Riverbend Family Dentistry’s entire dental team is committed to practicing excellence by offering comforting, patient-centered dental care. Learn more about our cosmetic and general dentistry services for patients of all ages on our site. And, schedule your next dental appointment at Riverbend today.