Learn about our convenience-driven and gentle family dentistry solutions.
Not just your teeth!
Our advanced technology puts into hyper-speed even the most traditional of family dentistry services.
As a multi-doctor family dentistry practice in Tukwila, WA, we thrive on multi-family visits for patients of Dr. Patricia Benca, Dr. Robert Dean, and Dr. Laura Benca. Our scheduling pros can help accommodate your whole family all at once so that you can take care of everyone's family dentistry visit at the same time!
Being parents ourselves, we know that family life can be hectic at times. When pressed for time from our career or school, usually the first thing that goes out the window is our health care routine.
Funny how we tend to put our well-being in second place to make sure everything else gets done and that everyone else in the family is taken care of. Perhaps you feel that there is just no way you can sync your whole family's schedule to schedule their dentistry. But it doesn't have to be that way!
A healthy, beautiful smile starts with a good foundation of excellent hygiene care. Your oral hygiene routine at home in conjunction with regular cleanings will give you a good basis for a healthy smile. Your family's oral health is too important only to give it attention when a problem arises.
Our highly experienced and well-trained hygienists care strongly about preventative oral care. This is exemplified by listening carefully to each and every patient’s concerns. Our team will take as much time as needed to explain problem areas and show you how to care effectively for your oral health.
We realize you have many choices for hygiene care. At Dr. Benca and Dean's practice, you and your family can expect nothing but the best dental health and preventative care available. Our experienced staff pride themselves on extremely thorough but gentle cleanings. Furthermore, we’ll make your family’s hygiene appointments comfortable and convenient to fit your busy schedule by seeing all family members at once.
We want to improve the health of your smile. Your appointment may include digital x-rays, a full meticulous cleaning and polish, a comprehensive examination of your periodontal and tooth condition, and optional, but highly recommended—fluoride application. Keeping up with your preventative care can make the difference in living with a healthy mouth without any future complications.
Sealants are an extra defense in blocking cavities and preventing tooth decay for all members of your family. While most dentists only offer this preventive measure to children, at Benca & Dean Dentistry, we offer sealants to adults as well.
Sealants are thin, tooth-colored coatings that are bonded to any tooth surface and are highly successful in sealing off any grooves or fissures where bacteria may settle and grow. Sealants are often used when permanent molars develop and can be worn for several years. Drs. Benca and Dean emphasize the importance of getting sealants at a young age especially under the age of 16 because children are more prone to cavities during this time.
We will accommodate your child’s needs to make them feel comfortable and enjoy their time at the dentist. The sealant application process is safe and painless. Not only does your child start off their oral hygiene cavity-free, but this preventive measure will help to ward off future restorative dentistry.
If left untreated, periodontal disease, or the build-up of tartar and calculus below the gum line, can grow into a severe condition. You may experience red, swollen, or puffy gums, periodontal pocket readings more than “four,” or persistent bleeding in the gums during brushing or flossing. If left untreated, gum disease can result in tooth loss and other health-related illnesses.
We want you to be comfortable during this appointment, and our amenities allow you and your state-of-mind to be at ease. Dr. Benca and Dean anesthetize the appropriate area to your desired comfort level and offers nitrous oxide if you feel anxious about the treatment. We have satellite radio or movies available to watch during the cleaning; you won’t even notice this standard procedure taking place.
Scaling and root planning are usually performed in two appointments and utilizes innovative dental tools to gently but thoroughly clean the affected roots and bacterial buildup within the gum pockets. After treatment, we’ll create your individual recall program. Perio maintenance cleaning appointments may occur every three to four months to ensure your gums and teeth remain healthy and resistant to periodontal disease.
Whether members of your family are involved in a contact sport or have a habit of nighttime clenching, sports and night guards from Benca & Dean Dentistry, can aid in helping to protect your family's teeth from severe damage. Our night guards and mouth guards are crafted in reputable labs, perfectly customized to your bite to provide instant protection and relief.
While it’s true you can get store-bought mouth guards at your convenience, they will not form accurately with your bite. The boil-and-bite technology is not customized to your bite, which makes it uncomfortable to wear and also prevents it from fully protecting your smile.
First, perfect professional impressions of your bite are taken and sent to our talented lab. Within 2-3 days, you can enter the playing field with your beautiful custom-made mouth guard. Whether you’re a professional athlete or playing for leisure, sports guards are great for protecting your teeth from traumatic, severe damage.
Night guards are designed differently than sports guards in that they protect your teeth from the wear associated with clenching and grinding. We offer several types of night guards for the family made of a variety of materials including a hard guard, a thermal plastic guard, an in-office soft guard, and a more aesthetic-looking clear guard. Sports and night guards can protect your teeth from circumstances beyond your control.
Dr. Benca and Dr. Dean's background training and education in oral pathology and oral health make them especially aware of the dangers that oral lesions pose to their patients. That is why Drs. Benca and Dean are very excited about being able to offer oral cancer testing technology to ensure the continued good health of their patients.
The Velscope Oral Cancer Screening System was developed in the Northwest and studied by the University of Washington as a highly effective aid in the early detection of oral lesions. It can see beneath the surface, detecting any cancerous growth beyond where just a visual exam can. The examination with the Velscope only takes a few minutes and is pain-free and safe.
HPV is now known to be an independent risk factor for oral and throat cancers. The incidence of oral HPV-associated oral and throat cancers is estimated at 50%-65%.
Who should be tested?
At Benca & Dean Dentistry, we value the life of your tooth. When it’s in danger, we provide gentle and efficient root canal therapy. Drs. Benca and Dean treat simple root canal cases in-office quickly and efficiently to save your tooth from further infection.
Root canal therapy is needed when the tooth nerve or pulp is infected or abscessed from extensive tooth decay or injury. Treatment involves removing the infected pulp, cleaning the canal, and sealing it with sterilized dental materials. Finally, the tooth will be capped with a tooth-colored crown, color-matching the rest of your natural smile. This process will protect the tooth from future infections and restores its strength.
There is the stigma that root canal therapy is a painful procedure, but the pain from an infected tooth significantly exceeds any minimal pain associated with the procedure itself, root canal therapy is a fantastically effective procedure. Our experience utilizing all of the latest techniques and advanced modern technologies translate into a root canal that is both comfortable and pain-free.
At Benca & Dean we are committed to making your child's dental experience pleasant and comfortable.
A child's oral health can significantly impact their overall development. So, establishing a good oral hygiene routine at home along with regular dental visits is vital. Our team loves working with our younger patients, and we always take extra time and care with these very special and precious patients.
As part of our family dentistry services we provide routine cleanings, and our staff will help educate your young ones on proper brushing and flossing techniques. We promise to make each visit a fun experience and to help your child actually like going to the dentist!
Why Family-Heads in the Seattle Community Give Us
‘‘I've seen every doctor in the office and all are amazing. The hygienists and staff are wonderful too. They were so caring and patient with my 3 year old on her first visit. I will never go anywhere else!
Jackie Lawley - Facebook review of our family dentistry services in Tukwila, WA
‘‘After having been to several bad dentists, I finally found someone good- Dr. Benca! My faith was restored in her work. Dr. Benca fixed a few of my previously ruined teeth correctly & they look good too! Thank God!
Sandra Murphy, Facebook review of our family dentistry services in Tukwila, WA