Family Dentistry in Auburn
Explore Our Dental Services for the Entire Family
At Smiles for Life, Dr. Heffelfinger and his dedicated team want to make sure you keep your smile healthy and beautiful for life. We offer a full range of services for every member of the family.
Professional Cleanings and Checkups
We encourage all of our patients to visit us twice a year for a thorough cleaning and checkup to ensure the health of their teeth, gums, and jaws. It’s during these appointments that we check for any potential problems such as gum disease or cavities. Detecting dental problems as early as possible allows us to treat these conditions and prevents them from becoming more severe. You’ll also receive a professional cleaning to help prevent dental issues from developing in the first place.
Pediatric Dental Care
With two children of his own, Dr. Heffelfinger knows how to help our younger patients keep their smiles healthy and looking great. We’ll make your child’s visit a positive and enjoyable experience, so they’re excited to take care of their teeth. Whether your child needs a checkup and cleaning or more extensive work, we complete each pediatric visit as efficiently as possible, so you’re in and out in no time!
Personalized Gum Disease Treatment
Periodontal (gum) disease is nothing to ignore. If left untreated, it can lead to additional dental issues and even tooth loss. We offer thorough gum disease treatment that’s customized to each patients’ individual needs by using innovative oral DNA saliva testing. If you have gum disease, we’ll create a treatment plant to clean up the infection and make sure it doesn’t come back.
Oral-DNA Salivary Testing
You may be familiar with oral DNA testing as a way to find out your ancestry, but we also use this type of technology in our dental practice.
If you’re experiencing periodontal disease, salivary DNA testing can tell us the type and quantity of bacteria present which allows us to create a customized treatment plan. It also helps us know if you’re susceptible to developing periodontal disease again so we can personalize your prevention plan. Oral DNA testing also helps us screen for oral diseases such as cancer.
Treatment of Bite-Related Disorders
The way your top and bottom teeth fit together can impact many areas of your oral and overall health. From problems with your TMJ (temporomandibular joint) to chronic headaches and even uneven wear of your teeth, an incorrect bite can cause a range of problems. Luckily, we have solutions for your bite-related disorders.
As a graduate of the Kois Center in Seattle, Dr. Heffelfinger considers proper occlusion in every procedure he performs. His goal for even the most complex cases is to restore his patients’ natural bite patterns, helping create a more harmonious environment that improves bite-related issues and overall wellbeing.
OraVerse: Numbness Reversal Treatment
Have you ever bit your lip or you felt uncomfortable speaking with others because your mouth was still numb long after a dental procedure? Now we can prevent these problems with OraVerse. This product allows us to reverse the numbness more quickly so you can go back to work or school worry free. Most people who are given OraVerse after a procedure that required a local anesthetic regain normal sensation twice as fast as normal.