Family Dentistry in Bishop

Brian Carkeet, DDS and his team bring preventive, restorative, and cosmetic care to families in Bishop, CA. Our practice provides a wide range of services, from routine cleanings to root canal therapy. For those dealing with dental apprehensions or fear, we offer dental sedation to ensure maximized comfort and relaxation for every member of your family.

Visit our practice for comprehensive dental care to improve your dental health and bring out the best in your smile.


What is Family Dentistry?

Family dental care refers to procedures that focus on the conditions, prevention, and treatment of oral health at all stages of life. A good family dentist specializes in a variety of services, ranging from regular dental cleanings and fillings to more specialized procedures such as sealants, tooth replacement, crowns, and bridges.

With a family dentist you can get more services under one roof from a team of highly-trained professionals that you know and trust.

Understanding the Importance of Dentistry for Every Member of Your Family

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Many times, when dental problems present themselves in one member of your family, this may mean other members of your family are susceptible to the same issues. Having one office for your entire family is convenient and to allows Dr. Carkeet to supply comprehensive care that takes habits, medical history, and genetics into consideration.

We address a host of dental issues, including decay, gingivitis, damaged teeth, and missing teeth. Our team of healthcare professional provides individualized care to restore your dental health.

In addition to every member of our team having undergone the innovative training techniques of Kois Dentistry, Dr. Carkeet continues to fine-tune his skills to provide you and your loved ones with a broad range of services that will allow us to service all of your needs.

We are happy to provide individuals and families throughout Bishop with the following services:

Exams and Cleanings are required every six months, and x-rays should be taken every year. While routine dental care at home will help, regular cleanings with us allows Dr. Carkeet to address tartar build-up that brushing and flossing can't.

Digital X-Rays are essential, preventive, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information during regular dental examinations. This information is used by our team to detect hidden dental abnormalities safely and accurately and to complete an effective treatment plan.

Prevention & Patient Education is crucial for helping ensure a lifetime of beautiful, functioning, and healthy smiles, regardless of age or current oral health. We believe when you are more informed about your dental care, you will be more likely to do your part in caring for your teeth and gums at home, in-between dental visits.

Cosmetic Dentistry Services help achieve truly radiant smiles that enhance your natural beauty and optimal oral health. Full, bright, and properly aligned smiles not only look good, but they also help you feel good! This can ultimately improve self-confidence and overall quality of life.

Dental Restorations not only enhance your smile’s appeal by using the latest in tooth-colored materials, but also focuses on protecting your teeth against decay, damage, and infection while preserving as much natural structure as possible.

Dental Implants completely replace a missing tooth or teeth from root to crown. These titanium posts serve as artificial tooth roots, preventing the many adverse effects caused by tooth loss.

Root Canal Therapy may be required to save a tooth that suffers from severe decay. When the nerves and pulp of the tooth have been infected, Dr. Carkeet removes the decay, seals the tooth from further infection, and protects the tooth with a crown.

Gum Disease Treatment is required when periodontal disease is present. Scaling and root planing or deep cleaning, addresses tartar below the gumline and prevents gum disease from developing into periodontitis, an advanced form of gum disease.

Sealants can be used as a preventive measure to protect against decay. This thin, plastic-like material is coated over teeth to provide a shield against harmful bacteria.

Fluoride Treatment can be administered topically using a gel to improve the strength of existing enamel. Fluoride is known to aid in the remineralization of teeth.

Caring for the Young Smiles of Infants and Children

Even though baby teeth are not permanent, they pave the way for stable, adult teeth, and diligent prevention is vital for ensuring a healthy, beautiful smile well into the future. Once their first tooth erupts, or by their first birthday, we highly recommended you bring them into our office for their first dental visit.

What Can I Expect from My Child’s First Dental Visit?

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Dr. Carkeet and his team take the time during this visit to get to know you and your child. When visiting for essential dental care, we will introduce your child to the rest of our staff and help them become familiar with the environment. During the first visit you can expect:

  • Warm, friendly and familiar faces to greet your child
  • Starting the appointment with a full office tour
  • Education involving child-friendly language
  • Patience and respect with no feelings of rushing or frustration

Part of the initial visit may include nutritional counseling for enhanced oral health and strong teeth. Habit counseling is often provided to help break your child of unhealthy behaviors like thumb sucking that could cause problems for their smile in the future.

Teens, Young Adults, and the Importance of Oral Health

Routine dental visits can ensure a smooth transition from dentistry for adolescents to care for adults. By monitoring the development of your teen’s smile, it can be much easier to treat and identify potential problems before causing functional damage and compromising their oral health.

To better ensure proper dental health now and in the future, procedures such as tooth extraction may be necessary. Whether some of your teen’s baby teeth never erupted, or if there isn’t enough room for wisdom teeth in the mouth, extraction may be needed to create room for proper alignment.

Orthodontic Treatment with Invisalign®

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Many pre-teens, teens, and young adults can take advantage of our alternative method for treating mild to moderate bite problems with Invisalign. These clear, smooth, and virtually invisible appliances can be an excellent way to straighten a smile discreetly and comfortably.

Because the Invisalign system requires the trays to be worn for up to 22 hours a day, we recommend this treatment for responsible teens and adults who can comply with treatment guidelines. If you are looking to further improve your teen’s natural beauty, cosmetic enhancements such as teeth whitening, fillings, and veneers are ideal solutions.

Dental Care for Adults

Our smiles can show a worn appearance from years of use. Dental health, function, and beauty can be affected by complications such as decay, staining, or damage. Many adults still experience some form of gum disease in their lives and can benefit from targeted treatments to improve gum health.

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If you stay on top of the health of your smile with daily oral hygiene and visit us every six months, we can effectively address many dental problems through periodontal maintenance and restorative treatments, like dental implants, to restore overall oral health.

Your dental needs certainly change as you get older. Senior patients may have oral health concerns that don’t occur with adolescents, children, or younger adults. However, that doesn’t mean they can't enjoy beautiful teeth and a healthy smile well into the golden years. Taking care of your oral health when you are older will also let you continue to enjoy your favorite foods and speak with confidence.

How Do I Find a Good and Trustworthy Family Dentist?

Before you search, think about your needs. What matters to you when choosing a dentist? For example, when selecting a dentist, here are three essentials:

  1. Education - In choosing a dental provider, continuing education should be essential. How do they keep up with current trends and what degrees do they have?
  2. Price - How cost-effective are services? Are there cheaper alternatives to some of the more state-of-the-art methods? What type of insurance do they accept?
  3. Atmosphere - How do you feel about the office? How are you being treated by the staff? Do you think you could be comfortable? Sometimes these little things will help you feel calm during a procedure and help you build confidence over time.

If someone has a dentist they like, they won’t be shy about telling you. Ask other families which dental practice they use. Various lists and search tools are available online to help you find practices near you. Search for online reviews once you've found some that seem promising and read them. Are patients satisfied with the locations you found? Do the dentists and their team do a good job? Do they stay regularly educated about oral health issues?

Take Care of Your Oral Health

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If you would like to visit our office and see if our services fit your family’s needs, just schedule an appointment. Do not worry at this point about getting work done; just ask to see the practice and set a time aside for an introductory appointment. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, provide dental history information, and ask about insurance.

Our services extend to families in Dixon Lane-Meadow Creek, Poleta, and surrounding communities in north Inyo County. Find out more about keeping your family’s teeth clean and healthy by calling or visiting our practice in Bishop, CA. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Brian Carkeet today!