Dentist Seattle, WA
Whether you are a new parent searching for your child’s first dentist in Seattle, or you are looking to re-establish care for your family, you must choose a team skilled in family dentistry. At Summit Dental Care, our focus on family dentistry is not only responsible for high-quality patient care but also provides a positive environment for you and your child.
NamThien Vu, DDS and his team focus on giving you and your family the best treatment available - while simultaneously teaching dental habits that will last a lifetime. We offer a relaxed and inviting environment to make you and your child’s visit to our office a pleasant experience.
Dentistry for Kids
Dentistry for kids specializes in providing dental care for children and teens. A pediatric dentist receives two years of additional residency that focuses solely on dental care for children. This training provides our professionals with the skills needed to meet the unique dental needs of our pediatric patients.
In addition to cleanings and exams, our professionals will monitor your child’s development and offer guidance for improved self-care. They will do this during routine check-ups that should be scheduled every six months. The goals of dentistry for kids are to ensure the proper development of your child’s teeth and gums while also teaching them good oral hygiene habits.
Dental Exams and Dental Cleanings
Our dental team provides a multitude of services. The most commonly provided services are regular dental exams and cleanings. In addition, we will provide imaging services as deemed necessary by our professionals. These imaging services are used to monitor the development of your child’s teeth and also check for signs of decay or other conditions. During your dental cleanings, you may receive fluoride treatments, if needed. Our dentists may also discuss diet and nutrition concerns with you and your child. We may recommend dietary changes if any areas of concern are discovered during the cleaning and exam.
Oral Cancer Screening
An oral cancer screening is a relatively simple procedure our dentist can do to look for any signs of cancer. During the screening, our dentist will check your mouth, neck and face for lumps, swelling, and red or white patches. If they see anything they think could be cancerous, they will recommend you have more testing done.
If this disease is diagnosed early, it can save your life. Here at our Summit Dental Care dental clinic, we advise our patients to get regular oral cancer screenings.
An oral cancer screening is a visual and physical examination of your mouth. It is done to look for signs of cancer or precancerous conditions. The exam can be done by our general dentist, an oral surgeon, or other health professional. NamThien Vu, DDS will ensure that your oral health is intact and give you tips on improving your oral hygiene and health. What most people do not realize is that an oral cancer screening is an opportunity for the dentist to spot other oral problems you may be facing.
Treating gum disease is essential because it is the only way you can prevent the eventual loss of teeth. Once you receive a dental cleaning, our dentist at Summit Dental Care will book you for regular periodontal maintenance and care. As part of your dental health and hygiene regimen, our team recommends that you receive periodontal maintenance approximately every three months, depending on your specific case. One of the main purposes of getting periodontal maintenance is to prevent the further development of periodontal disease. Gum disease occurs when bacteria and plaque form and build up in your gums and teeth.
Mouthguards and Night Guards
You may be wondering why our dentist is recommending that you wear a night mouthguard. Oftentimes, nightguards are recommended for our patients who grind their teeth at night, which is called bruxism. This can also include tongue thrusting and teeth clenching. Our dentists can make night guards that are comfortable to wear by taking a mouth impression of the patient’s teeth. They will then fit the night guard before its final construction so they can make adjustments needed to improve comfort. Night guards protect your jaw and teeth from damage caused by grinding and clenching while you sleep.
If you are an athlete, especially if you play contact sports, you are likely aware of the potential injuries that can occur. You will also know about the pain and discomfort that goes along with this. At Summit Dental Care we offer a device called a sports mouthguard that can help prevent any dental injuries while you play your favorite sport. Sports guards are very similar to nightguards, in that they protect your mouth and teeth from damage. We make custom fit mouth guards for our patients.
TMJ and TMD
We treat TMJ (temporomandibular joint) and TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder). The temporomandibular joint connects your jaw to the head. This joint is located in front of your ear. The joint helps in up and down movement of your jaw as well as the side to side movement. When you eat, yawn, or talk, your jaws make these movements. TMD are conditions that affect the temporomandibular joints, jaw muscles and movement and facial nerves.
If you are experiencing headaches around your temples and neck pain, or jaw pain and soreness you may have TMD. It can be hard to determine the cause of jaw pain because in TMD, the pain goes away after a short while. However, in cases of physical injury or a disease such as arthritis, it may be easier to diagnose. We can treat TMD through splints or surgery.
Botox for TMJ
Using Botox can be an alternative treatment for TMJ. It is a nonsurgical procedure, and works to decrease pain and increase movement in the face and jaw. Botox helps by relaxing your jaw muscles, which then removes the pain you may be experiencing in your jaw.
Schedule an Appointment with Summit Dental Care in Seattle, WA
Our team at Summit Dental Care looks forward to meeting you and serving all of your family’s dental needs. We are happy to answer any questions that you might have. If you are around the Seattle area, please give us a call today to schedule your next appointment with us at 206-292-9980.