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General Dentistry in Auburn, IN

Explore Our Dental Services for the Entire Family

At Smiles for Life, our dedicated team wants to make sure you keep your smile healthy and beautiful for life. Regular checkups and oral hygiene treatments can prevent a host of dental problems in the future—from thorough checkups and pediatric care to personalized gum disease treatment, no matter what issues may arise, we have you covered. 

Explore our general dentistry guide and discover the full range of services we offer for every member of the family.

Preventive Dentistry

We encourage all of our patients to visit us twice a year for a thorough cleaning and checkup to ensure the ongoing health of their teeth, gums, and jaws. During these appointments, we check for any potential dental problems such as gum disease or cavities. Detecting dental problems as early as possible allows us to treat these conditions quickly and prevent them from developing into more severe issues. You’ll also receive a professional cleaning to help prevent dental issues from arising in the first place.

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Pediatric Dental Care

With two children of his own, Dr. Heffelfinger knows how important it is for children to start receiving excellent dental care early in their lives in order to keep their smiles healthy. We’ll make your child’s visit a positive and enjoyable experience, so they grow up feeling excited about caring for their teeth. We understand the life of a parent is often busy and hectic, so whether your child needs a checkup, cleaning, or more extensive work, we complete each pediatric visit as efficiently as possible, so you’re out in no time!

Personalized Periodontal Care

Periodontal (gum) disease is a serious dental condition. If left untreated, it can lead to additional dental issues and even tooth loss. We offer thorough gum disease treatments customized to each patients’ individual needs using innovative oral DNA saliva testing. In the early stages, we may recommend scaling and root planing to help get your health back on track. If you have gum disease, we’ll create a treatment plan to clean up the infection and ensure it doesn’t come back.

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Oral-DNA Salivary Testing

You may be familiar with oral DNA testing as a way to find out your ancestry, but we 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, allowing us to create a customized treatment plan for you. It also helps us know if you’re susceptible to developing periodontal disease again so we can formulate a personalized prevention plan. In addition to these advantages, Oral DNA testing also helps us screen for oral cancer and other diseases.

OraVerse: Numbness Reversal Treatment

Have you ever bitten your lip or felt uncomfortable speaking with others because of lingering numbness well after a dental procedure? With OraVerse, we can now prevent these pesky problems. This product allows us to reverse the numbness quickly so you can return to work or school worry-free. Most patients who are given OraVerse after a procedure that required a local anesthetic regain normal sensation twice as fast as normal.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Get the Care You Deserve At Smiles for Life

Dr. Nate Heffelfinger and our outstanding team provide comprehensive general dentistry procedures for you and your entire family. Consistent at-home oral hygiene paired with our high-quality care can set you up for a lifetime of oral wellness. Give us a call at (260) 925-4290 or fill out our online contact form to learn more today.