Family Dentistry
in Shirley, MA

care for every smile

shirley family Dentistry

Nashoba Valley Dental delivers exceptional care to every member of the family. We help children feel at ease with a friendly and supportive environment, and ensure the parents and child understand the treatment we offer. When it comes to adult care, we provide basic preventive care, periodontal services, root canals, and sleep apnea solutions. All our services are backed by a trusted and established practice that brings a modern touch of intraoral technology and digital dentistry to the Shirley, MA, area.

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avoid issues

preventive care

The best form of dentistry is preventative dentistry. By catching problems early before they actually become problems, Nashoba Valley Dental can help save you a lot of stress and money down the line. We recommend and offer our patients comprehensive exams and semi-annual cleanings. Taking x-rays to see what’s really going on inside our patients mouths and even offe complimentary second opinions.

remove infection

root canal therapy

At Nashoba Valley Dental, we offer root canal therapy all in office. If you are having trouble or pain chewing regularly, you might be be in need of a root canal. With your option of metal-free crowns our endodontic treatments can not only help save your teeth but have you smiling and eating pain free again. Best of all, we make sure your crown has a natural look and feel to make you most comfortable with your dental health.

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get restful sleep

sleep apnea treatment

Sleep Apnea is becoming more and more common in the U.S. and effecting many American’s ability to sleep. Whether it’s you or your partners snoring that are keeping you up at night, come into our practice to see if we can help. We all know we aren’t our best selves without a good nights rest, let our custom-made oral appliance help you get the sleep you need. Our appliance and therapy instructions have proven to help with Sleep Apnea and improve your health.

keep gums healthy

periodontal care

Gum disease is one of the most common dental issues in the U.S. and it affects nearly half of American adults. However, many patients don't know that they suffer from the condition because its beginning stages only have minor symptoms. At Nashoba Valley Dental, we offer gentle periodontal care to treat and remove gingivitis (the first stage of gum disease).

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Benefits of Seeing a

Family Dentist

Convenience & Flexibility - When it comes to scheduling appointments for the whole family, you’re never going to find better accommodation outside of a family dentist. As a family dental practice, we want to schedule appointments that work best for you and your schedule. 

No more pulling children out of class or needing to miss work because of little wiggle room for appointments. For your ultimate convenience, we offer flexible appointments for the entire family. 

The days of juggling everyone’s different appointments at different dental practices are over. We can accommodate back-to-back appointments for the whole family. We treat patients of all ages so your child isn’t left homeless in terms of dental care once they come of age as an adult.

Detection of Hereditary Oral Health Problems - Pediatric dentists may specialize in children’s oral health care needs, but they are missing one large part of the picture – their parents’ oral health. 

Family dentists have the rare vantage point of treating both child and parent so be mindful of potential hereditary oral health issues. When parents have a lot of cavities, recurrent infections, or gum disease, we can be on high alert to detect these issues in their children, which makes prevention more effective.

Reliable Care In Emergencies - Dental emergencies can happen anywhere, at any time, so do you have a reliable dentist to go to in times of need? Many people avoid the dentist for years or don’t have a regular dentist they can rely on who treats their whole family. 

Seeing a family dentist ensures that you, your partner, or your children are all set for urgent care in response to an emergency. When an emergency happens, you don’t have time to search for a new dentist or figure out who is open. 

This is why forming a consistent dental home and developing a long-lasting relationship with a dentist is important.

Reduce Dental Anxiety - Forming a positive impression with dental care is very important for a young child. This is why we recommend that you start taking them to a family dentist by their first birthday. 

The longer a child avoids the dentist, the higher their risk of developing dental anxiety. When you take your child to the same dentist as the entire family and maintain a consistent, long-term relationship, this reduces their chance of feeling fear and stress at the dentist. They will feel comfortable seeing you also going for a check-up and know that they are in good hands.

How Is a Family Dentist

Different From a Pediatric Dentist?

A pediatric dentist is a specialist that attends an additional 2 to 3 years of training and schooling to earn their niche specialization in pediatric dentistry. During this time, they learn about child development, child psychology, how to treat patients with special needs, early orthodontic intervention, and child communication styles. 

This makes them experts in children’s oral health care. However, once children turn 18, they cannot continue their dental care journey with the same dentist and will need to find a new one. 

Family dentists, on the other hand, are general dentists that treat patients of all ages and cater to families. Other general dentists will typically only treat adults. Family dentists can perform treatments on both children and adults. 

Their office will likely provide a mix of entertainment and comfort for children and relaxation and refreshments for adults. A family dentist does not receive additional training outside of dental school, but they can provide high quality consistent preventative care for children and adults in the long term.

Why Do Primary Teeth

Need Dental Care?

Primary teeth are just as important to care for as permanent teeth. Many people misinterpret the fact that primary teeth will naturally fall out to mean that these teeth are unimportant. This couldn't be further from the truth. 

These teeth, besides assisting with chewing, maintaining an aesthetic smile, and speaking, are there to maintain space in your child’s mouth. When a tooth is lost too soon, this will cause the surrounding teeth to drift, leading to orthodontic misalignment. 

Even worse, these teeth can lean into the space the previous tooth used to be and block the eruption of the permanent tooth. This is why children need to wear space maintainers when they prematurely lose primary teeth so that the space is kept open. The best way to avoid this is to prevent tooth loss through proper oral hygiene.

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