Teeth for Life

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We are committed to helping each of our patients have healthy, strong teeth for life. To accomplish this mission we offer a full range of treatment options for your dental health. All treatments are offered in a comfortable, relaxing and modern office, and performed with the most advanced techniques and technology.

Comprehensive Exams

The cornerstone of successful treatment and maintenance is a comprehensive exam. Doctor Whitfield and his entire team place a large emphasis on a thorough exam every six months. Exams help identify and guide our choices for treatment. Exams help:

  • check for problems that you might not see or feel
  • find early signs of decay
  • treat oral health problems early, while they are still manageable

Hygiene Cleanings

In addition to dental exams, we perform regular hygiene cleanings. Our hygienist will clean, polish, and do a periodontal "gum" exam. Regular 6-month dental cleanings will help ensure periodontal "gum" health.

Learn More

Learn all about your teeth with our fun, interactive, and educational diagrams. And always feel free to ask us questions.

Anatomy of a Tooth

Know Your Teeth

Age: 6-10 months

Primary lower central incisors erupt.

Age: 8-12 months

Primary upper central incisors erupt.

Age: 9-16 months

Primary upper & lower lateral incisors erupt.

Age: 13-19 months

First molars erupt. The upper molars generally erupt before the lower molars. Average age of shed: 9-11 years.

Age: 16-23 months

Canines erupt. The upper canines generally erupt before the lower canines. Average age of shed: 9-12 years.

Age: 23-33 months

Second molars erupt. Generally the lower molars erupt first, followed by the upper molars. Average age of shed: 10-12 years.

Age: 6-7 years

The primary upper and lower central incisors are shed, and the permanent upper and lower first molars and lower central incisors erupt.

Age: 7-8 years

The primary upper and lower lateral incisors are shed, and the permanent upper central incisors and lower lateral incisors erupt.

Age: 8-9 years

The permanent upper lateral incisors erupt and the primary upper first molars are shed.

Age: 9-10 years

The primary upper and lower canines and the lower first molars are shed, and the permanent lower canines erupt.

Age: 10-12 years

The primary upper and lower 2nd molars are shed, and the permanent upper canines erupt, as well as upper and lower first and second premolars.

Age: 11-13 years

The permanent upper and lower 2nd molars erupt.

Age: 17-21 years

The upper and lower 3rd molars (or wisdom teeth) erupt.

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