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Family Dentistry in Ludington

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Since 1982, Cheryl Larson, DDS, has been providing quality family dentistry throughout the Ludington, Scottville, and Pentwater communities. Serving patients of all ages, our team offers a wide variety of oral health services using the latest dental technology and methods. We make it possible for your family to obtain quality dental care in one convenient location. Our approach to family dentistry is calm and easy-going. We give you the information you need to make informed decisions regarding your family’s oral healthcare, without suggesting unnecessary treatments.

Our office is comprised of a dedicated, skilled team that provides quality care in a welcoming environment. We want every patient experience to be stress-free and as relaxing as possible. Conveniently located North of Weston US 10 on Nelson road just past the large brick building, with two highly qualified dentists, we make taking care of your family’s oral health easy. Call us today!


The Patient Experience

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Our practice is centered around patient comfort and care, and we strive to build a foundation of trust and mutual respect. During your appointment, we perform a variety of treatments, from preventive to restorative.

During routine exams, we will take digital X-rays, check for any points of damage or disease, and examine the integrity of existing restorations. Our professional hygienists perform routine cleanings to remove plaque and tartar and finish with a smoothing polish of your teeth.

Treating a Variety of Needs

Whether your needs are complex or routine, our skilled team of clinicians provides quality family dental care. We make obtaining a healthy mouth convenient for families with diverse needs. Some of the services we provide include:

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Our areas of specialty include patient education, cleanings and prevention, and restorations such as fillings, crowns, and dentures. Even after you have done all you can to prevent cavities, nearly everyone experiences some form of decay. To treat these issues, we rely on fillings and crowns for their ability to protect teeth, restore function, and improve your smile’s aesthetics.

Tooth decay not only threatens the health and structure of a tooth, but it can put your overall health at risk. Once we remove the decayed enamel, it leaves the tooth weak. Fillings restore strength to the tooth and prevent bacteria from causing more damage. If you have a tooth with large areas of decay or damage, a crown may be the solution for you. In most cases, we can use crowns and fillings to protect your teeth and restore your oral health.

Should I Consider Dentures?

When you have multiple missing teeth, dentures are a viable option for tooth replacement. Full and partial dentures are one of the oldest tooth replacement methods, and thanks to innovations in design and materials, dentures today are more comfortable and function better than ever before. You might consider dentures if:

  • You’re missing several teeth 
  • You’re having difficulty speaking or chewing without teeth
  • Your jawbone density won’t support implants
  • You’re unsure if you want implants
  • You’re on a limited budget

What Types of Dentures are There?

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Dentures fall into two main categories: full dentures and partial dentures. Full dentures replace an entire arch of teeth and are the kind most people are familiar with. Partial dentures replace groups of missing teeth and use the remaining healthy teeth to help anchor them into place. A partial denture could replace teeth on either arch, depending on the situation.

Which type is best for you will depend on how many teeth you have, where they’re located, and how healthy they are. It’s possible to anchor a partial on as few as three teeth, but it may not always be ideal. Our experienced team will evaluate your case and discuss your denture options with you and provide the support you need to maintain your best smile.

Especially for Kids

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Oral health care is critical to the body’s ability to sustain overall health and well-being. Cavities and other oral health issues stem from a variety of genetic and environmental contributors. This makes it essential for parents to remain aware of their family’s dental regimen and take the necessary steps to maintain a healthy smile. Professional dental care plays a vital role as well, ensuring everyone understands the importance of establishing and maintaining good dental habits.

At Cheryl Larson, DDS, we go beyond education to provide children with an enjoyable experience that motivates them to take care of their teeth. We have music just for kids, and special prizes for achieving oral health milestones. From preventive care to root canals and pulpotomies, we do everything we can to make our young patients comfortable. We also offer emergency dental care when you need it most!

The Oral Systemic Connection

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Systemic diseases describes conditions that affect multiple organs and tissues throughout the entire body, reducing the natural ability to fight off infection. Because the mouth is the body’s gateway to bacteria exposure, it’s easy to understand why health professionals note the link between oral health and a person’s overall well-being. Most commonly known to affect systemic health, periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of the tissue in the mouth.

Periodontal, or gum disease, can be linked to issues such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, and preterm births. As bacteria move through the bloodstream, they attach to fatty plaques throughout blood vessels, causing a build-up that can eventually form blood clots. When the infection spreads this far, patients are susceptible to a number of heart health issues.

The good news is, periodontal disease is a preventable condition that can be avoided with regular dental exams. When gingivitis is left untreated and progresses to periodontitis, the condition can still be controlled with regular dental exams and consistent treatment. At Cheryl Larson, DDS, we offer preventive care and restorative procedures to support the goal of long-term oral health.

Anxiety-Free Dentistry

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The use of sedation in our Ludington dental office will help you relax and feel comfortable during treatment. Whether you come in for a checkup and cleaning, or more extensive treatment, sedation will ease your dental anxiety.

We use nitrous oxide, one of the most common forms of dental sedation, and the safest way to reduce stress and help patients of all ages relax. The gas is administered through a face mask for mild sedation. This is a popular choice for children, adults, and seniors, and the effects wear off quickly, so you get back to your normal routine in no time.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Whether you want to mask imperfections with porcelain veneers or brighten your smile with teeth whitening, our cosmetic services can enhance your aesthetics and help boost your confidence.

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Some of the conditions cosmetic dentistry can improve upon include:

  • Cracked, Chipped, or Misshapen Teeth
  • Discoloration
  • Misalignment
  • Missing teeth
  • Noticeable Amalgam Fillings

While cosmetic dentistry focuses on procedures that enhance aesthetics; many restorative treatments can provide improvement to your smile’s appearance as well. We offer Zoom!® in-office and take-home whitening, natural-looking composite restorations, and several options to effectively replace missing teeth. Regardless of the extent of your treatment, our dedicated team provides high-quality, aesthetically appealing methods to renew beauty as well as health and function.

Make Us Your Dental Home for a Smile that Lasts a Lifetime

Our goal is to make taking care of your oral health a relaxing and comfortable experience. Your family’s health and well-being is our top priority, and all the services we offer are designed for efficiency and effectiveness. For complete peace-of-mind and optimum oral health, give our Ludington office a call today!



We combine experience with the latest in dental technology to deliver the best patient experience possible.