Family Dentistry Services
Dr. Rachel C. Heard in Victoria, TX, can help you and your loved ones achieve and maintain beautiful, healthy smiles through comprehensive family dentistry services. Your family can feel right at home in our modern and comfortable dental office, where we use only the most advanced dental technology to diagnose and treat your needs. We also provide complimentary sedation to help our patients feel comfortable and relaxed during treatment. From basic cavity prevention to complex restorations, Dr. Heard provides excellent care for children and adults alike.
Preventive and Restorative Treatments for the Whole Family
At Victoria Family Dentistry, we recommend routine six-month appointments for every family member. During these visits, we will give your teeth a professional cleaning that removes the plaque and tartar from hard-to-brush areas. We can also apply treatments such as fluoride and sealants to give your teeth extra protection from decay. If any concerns are found during your exam, Dr. Heard will create a treatment plan that can incorporate treatments such as fillings, root canal therapy, or periodontal treatments.
Why Prevention is the Key to Good Oral Health
The bacteria that feed on plaque and tartar release acidic secretions that demineralize tooth enamel, leading to cavities. When cavities are not treated promptly, they continue to grow larger and deeper, until they cause infection inside of the tooth. Brushing and flossing are the best way to remove plaque and bacteria at home, but professional cleanings are equally essential. During each checkup, we can help prevent cavities or address cavities in their earliest stages.
Patient education is important to us, and we are always prepared to answer your questions and help you understand why we recommend certain treatments.
We always take a conservative approach to treatment. In other words, our focus is to provide the greatest benefits with the least amount of treatment. Using this approach, we can help our patients maintain a lifetime of beautiful smiles.
When we recommend a dental treatment, you can depend on us to explain your condition so you can understand your needs. We will also explain the treatment options available, including the costs involved, so you can make an informed decision. Patient education is important to us, and we are always prepared to answer your questions and help you understand why we recommend certain treatments.
Oral Health Conditions
Regular checkups allow us to not only check for decay, but also gum disease, eroded enamel, teeth grinding (bruxism), and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.
TMJ disorder is a common problem for patients with untreated bite issues, and can lead to clicking or popping in the jaw, chronic headaches, and neck pain. It can also lead to teeth grinding, which can damage enamel. If you suffer from this condition, Dr. Heard can explain oral appliance options. These deices are worn at night to keep the jaw in proper alignment and prevent teeth grinding as you sleep.
Schedule Your Appointment
If you are in need of a family dentist, call our office at (361) 575-4508 or send us a message online to schedule an appointment. Dr. Heard and her staff are ready to help you and your loved ones achieve and maintain beautiful, healthy smiles for a lifetime.
“Definitely the best dentist I have ever been to. Dr. Rachel and her staff really care about their patients, and are able to put an anxious person at ease. They all do an awesome job, are personable and very professional. I would recommend Dr. Rachel and her staff to anyone!” Kathleen H.