82 W. Main Street Northborough, MA 01532

General Dentistry Northborough MA

The dental team at Apex Dental is led by Dr. Robert Gauthier, one of the most highly trained and qualified dentists near you in the Worcester area. Dr. Gauthier has assembled a “dream team” of dental professionals, including associate dentists, hygienists, and other highly trained individuals.

We provide high-quality general dentistry as well as advanced oral health treatments for complex dental problems in our Northborough, MA dental office.

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Family Dentistry in Northborough, MA

Whether you’re 9 or 90, you will receive the care you need at Apex Dental. Dr. Gauthier is a family dentist that can treat your entire family in one convenient location.

We begin treating children around age 3, though we do make accommodations for younger children upon request. We will do our best to ensure your child is comfortable and do all we can to minimize anxious feelings.

Our goal is to help each patient achieve optimal oral health, transform their smile into one they love, and help maintain lifelong healthy smiles.

Our treatments include everything you need to achieve superior dental health, including general, cosmetic, and restorative dental services. We see new patients within 24 hours, or the next exam is free!

The Importance of General Dentistry

We believe routine dental cleaning visits are essential to maintaining optimal health. A healthy mouth is important in maintaining a healthy body.

Many dental problems can contribute to serious health issues like heart disease and diabetes when left untreated. Good oral hygiene and routine professional care are the best ways to achieve healthy gums and teeth.

Ideally, dentistry is preventive. General dentistry focuses on preventing and treating common dental problems such as tooth decay and tooth damage. It is important to discover these dental problems early when treatment can be both conservative and most effective.

At every visit, you will be screened for such diseases, receive x-rays when necessary, and receive teeth cleaning by one of our registered dental hygienists.

Many dental issues like gum disease and oral cancer are hard to detect in the early stages. Usually, they aren’t painful, so people don’t notice them. Gum disease usually starts with bleeding gums, which you may not think is a problem at the start.

Regular visits to the dentist office allow us to notice any changes or warning signs that are worrisome. This way, you can get treatment right away and don’t have to worry about long-term issues.

Our General Dental Services

Dental Fillings

Dental fillings are the most common way to treat a cavity or tooth decay. Bacteria eat a hole through the layers of your teeth, and that hole needs to be filled. Dental fillings are now usually porcelain and match the shade of your tooth so that it blends in.

Inlays and onlays are offered as well. These bridge the gap between dental fillings and dental crowns. To learn more about dental fillings in our office, see Dental Fillings

Pediatric Dentistry

Not all dentists have the training and bedside manner to be pediatric dentists. At our office, the dentist has the advanced training and compassion to help the youngest patients.

We’re adept at making children feel comfortable in our office. We help them know that dental care isn’t something they have to be afraid of. To learn more about our pediatric dentistry services, see Pediatric Dentistry

Preventive Care

Preventative care is the base of our dentist office, and your oral health. Regular cleanings and exams allow us to help keep you in good oral health.

We also teach you how to practice preventative care at home. A combination of home and in-office preventative care gives you optimal oral health. To learn more about preventive care and how it can help your oral health, see Preventative Care

Root Canals

While root canals get a bad reputation, they’re an essential dental service. When you have infected dental pulp, it needs to be removed. Root canals are often said to be painful, but they actually ease the pain of a tooth infection.

Without that infected tissue and pressure, it’s less painful for your tooth. To learn more about the root canal process, see Root Canals

Tooth Extractions

We try to conserve natural teeth as much as possible, but sometimes extractions are the best solution. Simple extractions, complex extractions, and wisdom tooth extractions are all performed at our office.

If you have anxiety about your tooth extraction, do not worry. We provide dental sedation to ease anxiety prior, and to make the entire procedure as pain-free and comfortable as possible. To learn more about tooth extractions, see Tooth Extractions.

Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry Services

Patients may sometimes require restorative procedures to prevent future problems or repair existing damage. Dr. Gauthier has special training and experience in restorative procedures and cosmetic treatments, including dental bonding, dental crowns, and dentures.

He offers a range of dental treatments to address your goals and works with patients individually to create personalized treatment plans.

Cosmetic dentistry can provide the opportunity to enhance your natural smile and improve your dental health. Restorative dentistry focuses on restoring health, aesthetics, and function to teeth that are broken, worn down, or missing.

General Dentistry FAQs

General dentistry is crucial for the oral health of patients of all ages. Read the answers to these commonly asked questions to learn more.

What are the goals of general dentistry?

General dentistry focuses on preventative care. Instead of treating more severe dental problems when they happen, we try to keep up with regular maintenance so that they never get to that point. When you do this effectively, you avoid invasive, expensive dental procedures in the future.

How often do I need to visit the dentist?

You should see the dentist for an exam and cleaning at least twice yearly. This allows us to monitor your mouth and know how it’s developing and changing. We also provide deep cleaning to minimize the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. We can monitor new teeth and changes for children, referring them to an orthodontist or specialist if necessary.

Should I use an electric or manual toothbrush?

Both options are effective if they’re used properly. Electric ones can be ideal for young patients and those with movement disorders or conditions that impact their arms’ mobility. Electric toothbrushes can make it easier to clean harder-to-reach areas effectively.

What’s the most common general dental problem?

Tooth decay is something almost everyone deals with at some point throughout their lifetime. It’s especially common in children due to their sugary diets, but it can impact patients of any age. Seniors also see them a lot, as they typically have medications or health conditions that lead to dry mouth.

Why do I need to floss?

A toothbrush isn’t able to reach every area of your mouth. It’s difficult for the bristles to get to the food debris that gets stuck between your teeth. That’s why flossing is necessary. If food particles stay between your teeth, bacteria flock to them, emitting an acidic byproduct that leads to tooth decay. When cavities occur between teeth, it’s hard to know they’re there until they become bigger and hurt.

What do dental x-rays do?

Dental x-rays are a completely safe procedure, allowing us to see things we can’t see with the naked eye. We can see the entire tooth and bone structure. If there are very small cavities or some between your teeth, an x-ray should catch them. We can also look at teeth developing and predict wisdom teeth needs.

Schedule a Dental Exam Near You Today

With over 100 years of combined experience, our team delivers a high level of care for your entire family with personal service that is hard to match. Our goal is to provide each and every patient with a beautiful, healthy, and long-lasting smile.

If you are interested in learning more about our general dentistry services or other solutions, please call (508) 506-1691 or schedule a dental appointment online.