Quality Family Dentistry in Elk Grove
No matter the shape, size, or age range of your family, all of your loved ones deserve consistent, reliable dental care to protect their smiles. At Laguna View Family Dental, Dr. Leo Townsend and our dedicated team provide quality dentistry for patients five and older. Whether you need routine care or have concerns, we’ll help you promote a healthier smile through innovative technology and personalized treatment.
Let us help your family enjoy their best smiles! Make an appointment or contact us with any questions you may have!
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Benefits of Seeing a Family Dentist
When you’re looking for a new dentist, you want to know that they have the experience and skill to meet all of your family’s needs. As a family dentist, Dr. Townsend can provide personalized treatment for every individual in your family while also delivering comprehensive care for your family as a whole.
Having a family dentist means never worrying about whether anyone in your family is not getting the care they need. You have the convenience of being able to coordinate appointments rather than running to multiple offices. Best of all, seeing your whole family allows Dr. Townsend to identify potential problems due to genetics or lifestyle and be proactive about your treatment, which could help to minimize or even prevent problems before they start.
Dental Care at Different Life Stages
Dr. Townsend understands the complex needs of patients at different ages, whether it’s a child’s developing smile or a senior learning to face the challenges of aging. He tailors their care to their specific needs to ensure that at every age, they can enjoy the healthiest smile possible.
Our smiles change dramatically as we go through life, and it’s easy for potential problems to creep up on us if we’re not aware of them. At our practice, we take the time to get to know our patients, carefully monitor their teeth, and educate them on issues they may face and what they can do to counter them.
Here’s a brief overview of how the focus of dental care can change at different life stages.
Children: A child’s smile requires careful attention, from monitoring dental growth and jaw development to helping kids learn how to care for their smiles. We look for common issues, such as tooth decay and misalignment, and provide proactive support to help ensure their smiles will stay healthy as they grow.
Teens: Helping teens take more responsibility for their smiles can help ensure they not only stay healthy but that they’ll continue to get the dental care they need into adulthood.
Adults: Adulthood comes with myriad challenges, and treatments range from preventive to restorative and cosmetic, sometimes doing all three at once. We work with adults to ensure that all of their smile needs are met.
Seniors: The risk of gum disease and tooth loss increase with aging, but neither are inevitable. With continuous care and diligence, we strive to help seniors keep their healthy, natural smiles as long as possible.
Having a comprehensive, age-appropriate approach to your care ensures that you have the tools and support you need to keep your smile as healthy as possible.
Our Dental Services in Elk Grove
As a family practice, we offer all the services you need to help you protect your smile from daily wear and tear, as well as providing restorations when disease or trauma occurs. These services include:
Quality Care for All Your Dental Needs
At Laguna View Family Dental, we focus on helping you enjoy a healthy, natural smile as long as possible. Dr. Townsend centers his expertise on providing a strong core of preventive and restorative services so that you always receive thorough, attentive care at every visit.
Our goal is to deliver the consistent care you need to avoid common problems like tooth decay and gum disease and be proactive about potential health risks. We use state-of-the-art equipment to provide careful monitoring so that any issues can be addressed quickly, minimizing its impact on you and your smile.
Dr. Townsend truly cares for your well-being and that of your family, and always wants to make sure you receive the best treatment in any situation. When complex problems arise, he coordinates with a team of specialists who can quickly and skillfully provide the treatment you need. Even when emergencies happen, he’ll arrange same-day care, whether in our office or with one of our trusted specialists.
Our dental care team believes that prevention is the most powerful form of dental care. The more we can help you avoid problems and reduce the need for invasive treatment, the better your oral health will be overall.
Preventive dentistry includes services designed to protect oral and overall health by removing threats and detecting problems quickly before they cause significant harm. This includes thorough exams, regular cleanings, and educating patients on how to protect their smiles throughout their daily life.
Why Do Dental Checkups Matter?
If your teeth seem to be in good health and you brush and floss regularly, you might be tempted to think of a dental exam as optional or even unnecessary. However, just because you don’t sense a problem now doesn’t mean one doesn’t exist. Often, by the time you have symptoms, it means damage has already been done.
Our dental exams help us to keep a close eye on your oral health. Our office is equipped with a broad range of innovative dental technology, allowing us to detect problems both visually and below the surface, including cavities, gum disease, and even oral cancer. The sooner we find these problems, the less complex or invasive your treatment will be, leaving you feeling more comfortable and healthier overall.
What to Expect During Your Checkup
On top of a visual check of your teeth and gums, we rely on specialized technology to detect and help confirm signs of tooth decay. Our DIAGNOdent provides early cavity detection, revealing cavities that might have been missed and would otherwise become much bigger.
When x-rays are needed (typically once a year), we use digital x-rays to capture precise images of your teeth, roots, and jaws while using significantly less radiation. This can help us find and treat hidden issues like decay and infections so we can provide a swift, targeted response.
One of our most important tests is the oral cancer exam using our VELscope camera. Discovering oral cancer in its earliest stages helps our patients to receive the life-saving treatment they need.
Dental Cleanings for Healthy, Pain-Free Smiles
When it comes to keeping your smile healthy, practicing good hygiene at home is only half of the equation. Even with diligent brushing and flossing, food particles can hide in the corners of your smile, contributing to gum disease and tooth decay.
That’s where a professional cleaning comes in. Our dental team uses specialized tools to reach beyond what brushing and flossing can do, removing plaque and tartar that could otherwise damage your smile. Our cleanings are effective and gentle, and after a visit, you leave our office with a fresher, healthier smile.
When Should I Get Cleanings?
We generally recommend that our patients receive a dental cleaning every six months. This frequency allows us to halt tartar buildup before it starts to lead to tooth decay while minimizing the impact on your overall schedule.
Dental cleanings are essential for patients of all ages, from the oldest to the very young. All children should be having dental cleanings by the age of five. Cleanings are especially important for them because they’re still learning how to care for their teeth and need extra help to protect their growing smiles.
Our practice provides fluoride and sealants and may recommend either or both during a cleaning depending on what you or your child need. Fluoride helps to strengthen teeth and prevent decay, and sealants provide long-term protection against cavities, especially for young molars where decay most often appears.
Making Treatment a Breeze with Painless Injections
Once we find a health issue, we support you in choosing the most effective treatment to restore your health. Sometimes treatments require anesthetic, and the idea of an injection can be worrying to patients. Fortunately, with our innovative DentalVibe, you don’t have to fear injection pain in our office.
DentalVibe technology stimulates the nerve with gentle vibrations so that you never feel the injection. It’s a great option for apprehensive patients or young children, helping them comfortably receive the care they need.
Dr. Townsend is a firm believer in educating patients, not only in how to care for their teeth, but in what their options are when they need treatment and why he recommends certain steps. Building a treatment plan is a team effort, where he works with you to find a solution that fits your needs, lifestyle, and expectations.
CAESY educational videos are just one of the many tools we use to help patients understand their dental care on a deeper level. Dr. Townsend is committed to helping you feel confident in your treatment and always takes the time to explain things properly and answer any questions.
"I am new to Laguna View Family Dental. I love Dr. Townsend and his awesome staff! My first visit he spent over an hour explaining all of the work I needed to have done. Then I was given a cost breakdown that allowed me to map out a plan based on cost and most pressing issue. I love being able to listen to music of my choice while having work done. I have never had a dentist put me at such ease! I love Laguna View Family Dental!!"
- DeAnne Spackman
"Dr. Townsend is wonderful and so are the staff! They got me in for an emergency appointment the same day and explained everything going on in my mouth and the procedure very thoroughly. I feel very relaxed and confident with the doctor, so much so, I've changed offices and Dr. Townsend will be our new family dentist!"
- Suzanne Michaud
Taking Care of Your Teeth at Home
While our team provides reliable care during your visits, it’s up to you to take the best possible care of your smile every day. While this may seem daunting, good oral hygiene doesn’t have to be hard. Dedicating a few minutes a day to brushing and flossing will go a long way toward keeping your teeth healthy.
As for the rest of your day, try to make mindful decisions about what you consume and when. Brush your teeth after eating sugary foods whenever possible, and rinse your mouth with water when you can’t. Avoid smoking and limit your alcohol intake. Most importantly, be sure to follow whatever important health tips Dr. Townsend recommends. Follow these simple steps, and you’ll be able to enjoy your healthy smile for a lifetime!
Give Your Elk Grove Family the Dental Care They Need
At Laguna View Family Dental, helping families smile is our passion. Dr. Leo Townsend and our entire team love bringing out healthy smiles in our community, and we welcome families of all shapes and sizes to experience positive dental care. Contact our office today to get started!
CALL US: (916) 683-1335 REQUEST APPOINTMENT