At the van Zyl Center for Advanced Dentistry, we offer a wide range of dentistry services to protect the oral health of every member in your family. Family dentistry can be especially beneficial for children, since early treatment can reduce the risk of serious dental problems later in life. We offer cleanings, sealants, and fluoride treatments for patients of every age. Dr. Ettienne van Zyl also provides gentle and compassionate treatment for seniors. He understands the unique health needs of older patients, and he offers a full range of restorative procedures to address missing or compromised teeth. We proudly offer family dentistry services at our Memphis, TN-area practice to help your entire family achieve and maintain beautiful, healthy smiles.
With early care, Dr. van Zyl can look for signs of future misalignment, and he can reduce your child’s risk of tooth decay.
Dental Treatments for Children
During biannual checkups, our skilled hygienists can clean your child’s teeth to remove the bacteria, plaque, and tartar that cause cavities. Our team is friendly and very skilled with children. We know how to help young patients feel comfortable in the dentist's chair. These appointments are important because we can teach you and your child about proper dental hygiene. Our staff will tell you exactly what you need to know to protect your little one’s smile.
Fluoride treatments are also especially important for children. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that strengthens dental enamel and prevents decay. Though many foods and municipal water supplies contains fluoride, patients of all ages benefit from the direct application of this mineral.
Once your child’s molars start to come in, Dr. van Zyl will place sealants on the top chewing surfaces. The liquid plastic coating will harden to form a barrier over the teeth. The sealants will last for years, and they can keep food and bacteria from collecting in the deep crevices.
The Importance of Early Dental Care
It is essential to begin caring for your child’s teeth at an early age. Decay can affect children just as easily as adults. Even before your child’s teeth come in, you should wipe his or her gums with a soft cloth. Brushing should begin as soon as your child’s teeth come in, and you should schedule the first dental appointment no more than six months later. With early care, Dr. van Zyl can look for signs of future misalignment, and he can reduce your child’s risk for future dental decay. He can provide orthodontics and other treatments as needed.
Dental Treatment for Seniors
As a true family practice, we also offer gentle, effective treatment for senior patients. Seniors face a higher risk for gum disease, and Dr. van Zyl offers complete periodontal care. Treatments include deep cleanings and antibiotics. He also provides an array of restorative options, including crowns, bridges, dentures, and implant-supported restorations. With his comprehensive services, Dr. van Zyl can help seniors experience all the benefits of a healthy, complete smile.
Schedule an Appointment
You and your family deserve compassionate, expert dentistry. Contact our office today to book an appointment for yourself or your child.