Family Dentistry

It’s never been easier to take care and maintain your beautiful teeth! Robert T. Golia, DDS offers an array of general and family dentistry options to ensure you look great and feel even better. All you have to do is schedule an appointment at our office! We make it simple to maintain your teeth through our preventative care – and keep it that way. 

Family Dentistry Services

  • Prevention and Early Detection/Comprehensive Dental Examinations for All Ages
  • Hygiene and Regimented Schedules of Recare
  • Dental Fillings
  • Periodontal Disease Detection and Treatment/Soft Tissue Management Plans

  • Oral Cancer Screenings
  • Sealants
  • Locally Placed Antibiotics

Common Questions

Why should I visit the dentist regularly?

Many people only visit the dentist when they have a noticeable problem. While they may think that they are saving money, the reality is that the treatments to repair and restore their teeth and smiles cost more money and time than it does to visit the dentist at regular intervals. Visiting the dental office regularly ensures that you receive preventive care to stop problems in the earliest stages of development, and to hopefully prevent them from developing in the first place. Robert T. Golia, DDS, FAGD can monitor your oral health and help you learn the best ways to care for your teeth so that they remain healthy. You should visit Golia Dental twice each year.

Why do I need to floss?

Brushing your teeth will clean the surfaces of your teeth but will not reach the areas between the teeth or below the gum line. Flossing ensures that plaque and bacteria are removed from your mouth before they can cause damage to your teeth.

How often should I brush and floss?

You should brush at least twice each day. It is especially important that you brush your teeth before going to bed. Use an ADA-approved soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. You should floss daily. Golia Dental recommends that you use a mouth rinse. Contact our office if you have questions.

How safe are dental X-rays?

Dental X-rays are extremely safe. In fact, you are exposed to less radiation with dental X-rays than you are in your day-to-day life from the sun. Advances in dentistry continue to make dental X-rays safer through digital imaging technologies and higher-speed X-rays. Additionally, federal law requires that X-ray machines be checked for safety and accuracy every two years.

I’m terrified to visit the dentist – what can I do?

Please speak with the team at Golia Dental. We take your fear seriously and will work with you to help you feel more comfortable in our office. There are many strategies that we can use to help reduce anxiety and fear. These include medications to numb treated areas, sedation dentistry, the use of lasers instead of drills in your treatment, and a variety of techniques to reduce anxiety and mind/body pain.

When should my child visit the dentist for the first time?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children visit the dentist for the first time about six months after their first tooth erupts, or no later than their first birthday. These appointments are designed to help your child become comfortable in the dental office and ensure that he or she is growing and developing correctly.

When will my baby start getting teeth?

Babies actually begin to develop teeth in the second trimester of pregnancy (about 16-20 weeks.) Teeth typically begin to emerge between 6 and 10 months of age. You should begin flossing your child’s teeth as soon as they have two adjacent teeth.

Why are primary teeth important?

Primary teeth are critical to maintaining good oral health and proper development. Your child’s primary teeth facilitate:

• Proper speech production and development
• Proper chewing, nutrition and good digestion
• Straighter smiles – primary teeth hold the places of the adult teeth
• Excellent oral health

Golia Dental cannot emphasize enough how important it is that you take good care of your child’s primary teeth. Please make an appointment with our office if you have questions.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an oral condition that affects the gums and supporting structures in your mouth. It begins as a bacterial infection of the gums, and gradually progresses until it destroys your gums and bone structure. The milder stage of periodontal disease is known as gingivitis, while the more severe form of the disease is known as periodontitis. You should be checked for periodontal disease each time you visit Golia Dental.

What causes periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is caused by the harmful bacteria trapped in plaque. As plaque hardens into calculus (tartar), the disease becomes more established in your mouth. Gum attachments begin to separate from your teeth and create pockets that harbor these harmful bacteria. If gum disease is allowed to progress without treatment, the condition may become irreversible.

What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?

Symptoms of periodontal disease include:

• Red, swollen or tender gums, or other pain in your mouth
• Bleeding while brushing, flossing or eating hard foods
• Gums that are receding or pulling away from the teeth
• Loose or separating teeth
• Pus between your gums and teeth
• Sores in your mouth
• Persistent bad breath
• A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
• A change in the fit of dentures or other removable appliances
• Halitosis (bad breath)

What do I do if I have bad breath?

Halitosis (bad breath) may be caused by any number of factors, including:

• Morning time
• Poor oral hygiene
• Cavities
• Periodontal disease
• Poorly fitted appliances
• Dry mouth
• Tobacco products
• Medical conditions or illnesses
• Dehydration, hunger or missed meals
• Certain foods

You can prevent bad breath by visiting Golia Dental regularly, staying hydrated, practicing good oral hygiene, using mouth rinses and by not using tobacco products. If your halitosis persists, Robert T. Golia, DDS, FAGD may recommend that you consult a physician to determine if your bad breath is caused by a medical condition and receive an appropriate treatment.

I Have A Broken Tooth, What Should I Do?

A fractured tooth is a true dental emergency regardless of whether discomfort exists or not. Exposing the underlying tooth structure dentin can result in making matters worse. The timely evaluation will determine how the tooth should be treated. Traditionally a filling or crown is required.

How Often Should I See The Dentist?

The frequency of dental examinations is dependent on multiple factors. Heredity, diet, oral hygiene, amount and complexity of existing restorations all play a part. The prevalence of implants especially requires more frequent evaluation.

What is a nightguard?

A night guard is a dental appliance that is recommended for multiple situations. The most common indication is to protect teeth in patients who grind and clench their teeth resulting in fracture and attrition. When complex dental restorations are completed, nightguards will protect and enhance the longevity of the restorations. Lastly, appliances are used in a diagnostic and therapeutic way in patients that suffer from temporomandibular joint symptoms and dysfunction.

Why is it important to have a good bite?

The importance of a good occlusion (bite) can never be overlooked. A stable and healthy bite is associated with the longevity of the teeth and dental restorations, the health of the bone and gums, the comfort of the joints and muscles of the jaw and is associated with a great smile.

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