The Dental Center of South Bend (Dentistry and Braces for Children and Teenagers)
1005 East LaSalle Avenue, South Bend, IN 46617

General Dentists in South Bend

Bright, beautiful smiles rely on great dental health, and seeing your general or family dentist regularly is the key to keeping your smile looking its best throughout every stage of life.

How Is a General Dentist Different?

Unlike orthodontists, endodontists and other specialists, a general dentist focuses on overall dental health. General dentists provide a range of dental tests and treatments to effectively manage common dental problems that affect patients both young and old. In many cases, trusted general dentists treat entire families.

Understanding the Role of Your General Dentist

As a general family dentistry professional, your dentist will conduct regular exams and take x-rays as needed. He or she will also provide dental hygiene counseling, fill cavities, clean and polish teeth, perform root canals and other procedures, manage injuries and infections and apply treatments that strengthen tooth enamel. If you develop a toothache or sustain a dental injury, your dentist is there to restore your smile and relieve your pain.

General Dentistry Services

Every smile has different needs. Our dentists perform a full range of essential general dentistry services, as listed below.

  • Dental Hygiene
  • Dental Sealants
  • Gingivitis/Gum Disease Treatment
  • Root Canal Therapy
  • Sports Mouthguards
  • Tooth Extractions

How Often Do You Need to Schedule a Routine Dental Appointment?

Most healthy patients should schedule an appointment at a general dental office twice each year. Patients with chronic dental conditions or illnesses that affect dental health should follow recommendations from their dentist for scheduling exams.

How Much Will I Pay for My Dental Appointment?

The final cost of any dental appointment depends on office fees, the cost of procedures and treatments that are performed, and the amount covered by insurance. To gain more specific details about the cost of an upcoming visit, please contact us directly.

Can You Help Me Make an Appointment with a General Dentist Near Me?

We’ll be glad to schedule your appointment with an experienced general dental provider in your area. Contact our office during business hours, and we’ll help you find the perfect dentist for you and your family.

How Long Will My Routine Appointment Last?

The length of a visit to a dentist general practice depends on what you and your dentist have planned. Routine checkups and follow-up appointments often take less than an hour. If you’re scheduled for extensive dental procedures, the length of your visit will depend on how long it takes for your dentist to perform them. Contact us to learn more about specific treatment times.

How Can I Prepare for My Dentist Appointment?

The best way to prepare for your appointment is to arrive on time and bring your insurance information, a list of your current medications and supplements, and a general medical history. If you have severe dental anxiety or other conditions that may affect your treatment, please inform us so that we can help make the treatment process less stressful.

Dental Care Avoidance: What Happens If You Never See the Dentist?

In time, neglecting your dental health can result in pain, embarrassment, and tooth loss. Eventually, you may require extensive dental procedures to save your teeth or costly restorations to replace them. Invest wisely in your dental health. Call us today to schedule your appointment with one of our highly skilled, expert general dentists.

Dental Sealants

Dental Sealants protect the grooved and pitted surfaces of the teeth, especially the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where most cavities in children are found. Made of clear or shaded plastic, dental sealants are applied to the teeth to […]

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Gingivitis/Gum Disease Treatment

Gum disease treatment in South Bend is diagnosed to prevent and treat a variety of diseases affecting the gums. Also known as gum disease, periodontal disease involves bacterial growth (a colorless film called “plaque”) that gradually destroys the tissue surrounding […]

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Oral Hygiene

A healthy smile can only be achieved with proper oral hygiene. The combination of daily oral care at home and regular dental visits for professional dental care can keep your teeth and gums at their very best. You can be […]

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Root Canal Therapy

The old expression, “as much fun as a root canal,” may have been appropriate in the past, but the procedure has advanced by leaps and bounds over the past several decades to become a routine operation performed by our dentists […]

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Sports Mouthguards

Protecting your smile is no game. As children begin participating in activities and organized sports it is important to remember to protect their smile. Sports mouthguards are a great option for your athlete. The American Dental Association estimates that mouthguards […]

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Tooth Extractions

In the past, tooth extractions were a form of major surgery that resulted in long recovery times and less than stellar replacements for the lost tooth. However, over the past several decades, the dental field has made great advances in […]

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Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Everyone was wonderful, kind and very understanding!
Evan F.
y son is autistic, and they were wonderful with him and very patient.
Payton M.
Everyone seems genuinely caring. It makes you feel much better when your child is not so sure about everything.
Carmen C.
Very good with children. Very thorough with exams and questions. Enjoyable experience.
Myles M.
Staff are amazing
Hannah S.
Love how they talk to before they do anything to your child or ask questions about things you watching out for at home
Rihanna K.
Everyone is always friendly and appt time starts on time.
Zoe A.
Great compassionate care. The hygienist and doctor worked so good with my little ones first dental visit.
King G.
We always have a pleasant experience & everyone is very nice to my son. I also feel like things are explained well, & I’m asked before procedures are done.
Donovin B.
The staff was wonderful with my son, who has Autism. They didn’t push him and found ways to do an exam that didn’t frighten him.
Elijah V.
Very helpful!
Frederic D.
Everybody was great
Madeline M.
Dr. Lauren was so nice and gentle with Terry, the dental assistant was so nice also. I can tell the dentist’s really take pride in their work and I love that.
Terry M.
always kind , care for my children as if there own great group of women .
Alejandra G.
Very professional and time efficient. Boys were both comfortable.
Aaron A.
First time great experience…everyone is really nice and professional I loved it wouldn’t go anywhere else i was afraid my kids were going to be scared but they treated them with lots of kindness […]
Aubrey R.
People are always nice and answer all questions.
Mark M.
Always a friendly staff
Hailey A.
My kids love going to this dentist! I appreciate how patient they are with my children and everyone is very nice. I am very happy with Smile Safari!
Lee W.
My son was going to a different dental office, smaller dental peds, only two dentist in the practice. however due to being without insurance for 10 months . This is the location that I needed to […]
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Mon. – 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tue. – 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wed. – 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thu. – 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fri. – 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Sat. – Closed
Sun. – Closed
Phone: (574) 367-7146
Fax: (574) 245-7502
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Office Hours
  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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