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At Bardstown Family Dentistry, we’re dedicated to maintaining the health of your smile for years to come ‒ and part of doing that means keeping you informed on all the latest developments in modern dentistry.

Located in Bardstown, KY, our dental office provides a dynamic array of dental services to patients throughout Nelson County and Central Kentucky. From teeth cleanings and digital X-rays to dental implants, teeth whitening, and more, we do it all ‒ so you always feel confident with your brightest and healthiest smile.

Take the time to read the following information and discover more about what we have to offer. Get in touch with our office today to schedule an appointment or if you have a question for our dentists.

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Family Dentistry

Bardstown Family Dentistry addresses the dental care needs of our patients through every stage of life. We take an all-encompassing approach to the health of your smile, using state-of-the-art digital X-rays and scanners to detect cavities, gum disease, and other oral health issues.

We also work closely with our young patients and get to know them throughout their childhood, helping them establish the foundation for a lifetime of healthy and happy smiles.

What can you expect at a family dentist?

Whether we’re treating a young child or an elderly adult, we have the knowledge and skills to address a patient’s unique dental care needs at any stage of life.

We take a proactive approach to your oral health. We believe a healthy smile is a cornerstone to overall health and wellness. Using digital X-rays and scanning, we conduct routine oral health exams, checking for cavities, gum disease, and other abnormalities, while providing prompt treatment.

What are our dental services for children?

With pediatric dentistry, we strive to show our pediatric patients how to take proper care of their smiles for life. In addition to teeth cleanings, we provide sealants and fluoride treatment to help our pediatric patients prevent cavities.

We closely monitor our pediatric patients and watch their oral development, referring them to specialists if orthodontic treatment is necessary when they’re older. We also customize sports bite-guards for athletic patients.

Schedule an appointment with a family dentist!
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Restorative Dentistry

By combining all of our areas of expertise, we help our patients maintain their natural teeth and oral health. But when our patients lose or are at risk of losing their teeth, we have solutions. With restorative dentistry, we can replace missing or damaged teeth and restore the structure, function, and health of your smile.

Our restorative dental procedures include:

  • Tooth Extractions
  • Cavity Fillings
  • Root Canals
  • Dental Crowns & Bridges
  • Dentures

What are dental crowns and bridges?

A dental crown is a porcelain, ceramic, or composite “cap” that goes over a damaged tooth or a dental implant. First, dentists will remove decay or damage from the existing tooth. They’ll then take an impression of the tooth and mold a crown to its exact specifications. Once placed, the crown restores the shape, size, and function of the tooth, protecting it from further damage.

Dental bridges work similarly to crowns, only they protect and restore multiple teeth that are adjacent to one another.

What are the different types of dentures?

There are three different types of dentures we offer at our office:

Traditional dentures sit on top of the gums and replace all teeth. They are removable and are usually placed a couple of months after extracting the teeth.

Partial dentures are also removable but only replace some missing teeth while the patient still has some of their natural teeth intact.

Locator dentures are a set of dental implants that are surgically implanted in the jaw and provide stability for a permanent denture appliance. Locator dentures come in full or partial sets.

Not sure which type of denture is right for you? Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists.

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Cosmetic Dentistry

Modern dentistry has created an array of possibilities when it comes to improving your smile. From teeth whitening and transformative dental veneers to dental implants, crowns, and dentures, there’s no shortage of ways Bardstown Family Dentistry can help you achieve the smile of your dreams.

If you’re ready for a smile makeover, get in touch with our office to schedule a consultation with our cosmetic dentist. We’ll provide a thorough examination and establish a treatment plan that meets your cosmetic goals and oral health needs.

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are thin porcelain shells that are custom-made and placed over the front part of individual teeth. Durable and long-lasting, dental veneers can enhance teeth by making them appear fuller, whiter, and more aligned.

Is teeth whitening permanent?

Professional teeth whitening done in a dental office will yield better and longer-lasting results than over-the-counter whiteners. Teeth whitening isn’t permanent. However, you can maintain the whiteness of your smile with proper maintenance for years to come.
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Preventive Dentistry

We all sigh in relief when the dentist tells us “no cavities detected.” While having zero cavities is a good start, there are many other ways we help our patients optimize their oral health to prevent other problems from arising.

Routine teeth cleanings are essential to removing plaque from teeth, protecting the enamel, and removing gingivitis. But we also use state-of-the-art X-ray equipment to identify early signs of gum disease, oral cancer, and other abnormalities, including issues pertaining to the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) and the oral cavity.

What are the signs of periodontitis (gum disease)?

Periodontitis is a serious form of gum disease that if left untreated can lead to tooth loss and other health complications. Signs and symptoms of periodontitis include:

  • Red or purplish gums
  • Pain when chewing
  • Swollen gums
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Receding gum line
  • Loose teeth
  • Bad breath

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact us today to schedule an appointment with a dentist.

What are the signs of sleep apnea & TMJ disorders?

Sleep apnea and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders can disrupt your sleep and decrease your quality of life.

Sleep apnea causes lapses in breathing while a person sleeps. It occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat narrow and close a person’s airway while they sleep. This can lead to deep snoring, snorting, or choking. In addition to loud snoring and gasping, sleep apnea can cause morning headaches, daytime sleepiness, dry mouth, and irritability.

TMJ disorders occur as the result of teeth grinding, jaw clenching, or when there is injury or inflammation to the temporomandibular joint. This joint connects the jawbone with the skull, and when impacted, can cause pain, tenderness in the jaw, ear aches, facial pain, and jawlock.

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Implant Dentistry

Are you missing teeth or at risk of losing a tooth? Dental implants provide a long-term solution for missing teeth and can successfully renew the function, appearance, and health of your smile. They also prevent further bone loss and can restore a person’s ability to chew and speak properly.

We work closely with an oral surgeon in Bardstown, KY, and offer dental implants for patients who have one missing tooth, multiple missing teeth, or those who are in need of dentures.

How do dental implants work?

A dental implant is a small, screw-like titanium rod that is surgically inserted in the bone of the jaw to replace a missing tooth. After a couple of months, the dental implant heals and fuses to the jawbone, providing a durable and stable foundation for a replacement tooth. Once the dental implant is ready, we customize and attach a dental crown to the implant.

Are you a candidate for dental implants?

A patient undergoing an implant procedure should have healthy gums and teeth with adequate bone density. Implants require stability in the gum line to properly heal. Smokers, or patients with diabetes or heart disease, are more prone to complications after dental implant surgery.

Contact our office to schedule a consultation with our dentists to see if you are a candidate for dental implants.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us at 502-348-9944.
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