Family Dentistry in Bentonville, AR

Hope Dental Professionals aims to supply lifelong patients with the most comprehensive oral treatment feasible, all in one place. We’re a close-knit dental family that offers oral care to entire generations of family members in Arkansas.

Doctor Pate’s philosophy of practice can be described in this quote from one of the modern fathers of Dentistry, Dr. Pete Dawson:

 “The defining philosophy that underlies an honest concern for patients can be summarized in one word: Complete. Embracing the concept of complete dentistry always puts the patient first.  It says that every patient is entitled to a complete examination and a clear understanding of every problem that should be treated. It recognizes that almost every dental disorder is, in all probability, a progressive disorder that will cause increased problems if not detected and treated in a reasonable time frame. It is unquestionable that patients cannot perceive a need for treatment if they do not clearly understand what problems are present. That is the primary purpose of a complete examination. Patients cannot make a truly informed decision about treatment unless they also understand the implications of not treating each problem with a reasonable time frame.”

This explains our way of practice with the patients who choose our office. We want to provide them with a Complete examination and give them a clear explanation of the problems found so they can have a clear understanding of their dental needs and the time frame within which those needs have to be addressed. This will prevent problems from becoming worse and allow them to maintain their dental health for a lifetime.

As a family dental practice in Bentonville, AR, we address dental health at every phase of life. Young children and teenagers have different dental requirements than grownups, and we can address both.  

Dr. Pate has a gentle strategy to ensure children build positive associations with dental appointments. Kids learn to establish excellent dental hygiene practices for a beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime.

  • Cleaning and exams: Six-month exams are critical for all patients regardless of age. They help catch issues like tooth decay and gingivitis before becoming more severe. These checkups ensure that your child’s teeth are developing correctly.
  • Fluoride treatments and dental sealants: Fluoride treatments and dental sealants are great ways to prevent tooth decay.
  • Cavity checks and fillings: Tooth decay is a common but utterly preventable childhood disease.
  • Gum disease treatment: Family dentists typically offer periodontal maintenance, scaling, and root planning to treat patients suffering from gum disease.
  • Interceptive Orthodontics: If your child has bad habits like thumb-sucking or mouth-breathing, Dr. Pate may refer you to an expert in myofunctional therapy who she works with to move the teeth into the correct position gently. This can prevent the need for extensive orthodontics in the future.
  • Restorative Dentistry: Patients who have lost tooth structure or are missing teeth can regain confidence again with high-quality restorations, including dental implant restorations and full dentures.
  • Invisalign, also called invisible braces, is a technology that gently moves teeth to the ideal position for good aesthetics and function.

What should I look for in a family dentist?

The best way to choose a family dentist is to feel comfortable with the dentist and staff. They should be fun, educational, compassionate, and professional, all at the same time. Below are some other things you should consider when choosing your family dentist:

  • Quality of experience
  • Quality of services
  • Location
  • In-house technology
  • Services offered
  • How emergency cases are handled

What will a family dentist do on your first visit?

Your family dentist will complete a dental exam. In addition to the exam, an assessment of the jaws, bite, gums, and oral tissues to check the growth and development. A gentle cleaning might occur if needed, followed by polishing teeth and removing plaque, tartar, and stains. Dr. Pate may provide fluoride and a mini-lesson on the most effective way to floss and brush.

If you are ready to find out how a family dentist can enhance the oral health of your entire family, then please check out the map for directions before you stop by our practice. We can’t wait to meet you.