Thomas Family Dentistry

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If you are considering our Hermitage dental office for your family's dental care, we want you to feel confident and informed.

Choosing a dentist is a big decision, and having questions is completely natural.

Here are some of the most common questions we hear from patients. Please feel free to read them below. If you do not see yours listed, just give us a call or email us from our Contact Us Page.


Kid's dentistry | Hermitage, PA | Thomas Family DentistryBaby Teeth Play a Major Role in Adult Health

As a parent, it is not uncommon to assume that caries (cavities) on baby teeth are of no concern. Though understandable, this is something that is frequently misunderstood. Your child's baby teeth play a major role in the health and functionality of their adult dentition. 

There are a few reasons why we treat child caries. First and foremost, baby teeth are much smaller in size compared to an adult tooth, and the caries process can travel very quickly through the enamel into the inner structures of the tooth. If the decay reaches the most inner portion of a tooth, there is a risk of infection, which then conducts the need for a root canal and/or more extensive treatment. 

dentist for kids | Hermitage, PA | Thomas Family DentistryTreating Cavities Encourages Good Oral Health

We strongly encourage keeping baby teeth until their natural shedding time because these baby teeth hold the space needed for the adult teeth to erupt properly. Thus, having your child's cavity treated ensures its longevity until it is ready to shed. 

Sometimes, if the cavity is in its beginning stages, we can monitor them at each visit until they warrant treatment. If you think your child has a cavity, or he/she complains of a tooth hurting, schedule an appointment with us today to see what your child needs.



Children with extensive treatment needs or kids that are unable to cooperate due to a variety of reasons are usually referred to the Pedodontist. The Peds dentist specializes in dentistry for children and has “more tools in the box”  that are often necessary to properly treat some children.

Extensive treatment needs include:

  • Multiple caries (cavities) on multiple teeth
    • ​Pediatric dentists can treat numerous teeth in one visit to prevent traumatic experiences for your child
  • ​Teeth with very large cavities extending into the inner structures of the tooth
    • ​Peds dentists have specific "tools" and materials for children's teeth in these cases

​​Some children also have a hard time sitting still or are not yet comfortable enough with the dental environment, where they would have a smoother experience with a Pedodontist to meet their treatment needs.

If we feel that your child would benefit from seeing the Pedodontist, we will give you a list of referrals in the area and surrounding areas to see. However, if we feel that your child can readily undergo procedures in our office without added stress, we are more than happy to address their oral needs in-house!

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Image of a tooth with a first aid kit | Hermitage, PA | Thomas Family DentistryAre you experiencing facial trauma, severe pain or swelling?

Facial trauma can cause damage to your tooth and/or the root of the tooth, ultimately affecting its lifespan. If you've been hit or experienced any facial trauma and have noticed a change/pain with a tooth, this warrants a dental emergency.

Severe pain or swelling can occur from various dental concerns as well. Dental infections, extensive decay or broken teeth are a few different situations that can cause these symptoms.

Dental Emergency response | Hermitage, PA | Thomas Family DentistryContact us in an emergency

Call your dentist if you have lost fillings, toothaches, an unusual/bad taste in your mouth, or sensitivity. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.  We will see you as soon as possible!


Dental Insurance | Hermitage, PA | Thomas Family DentistryPayment for treatment is due at the time of service. We use two third-party agencies that offer no interest credit to help with larger treatment plans.  If you'd like to know more about our financial options, please contact our office or refer to our Financial Page.




my first visit to the dentist | Hermitage, PA | Thomas Family DentistryYour first visit usually consists of a full series of x-rays, assessing gum/bone health, a dental exam including treatment planning and a cleaning as needed. Treatment will then be scheduled accordingly. For more thorough information, see FAQ "What will my first visit be like?" 


If you're currently experiencing dental pain and have a waiting period until your next appointment, try this over the counter combination for relief- this cocktail has taken the place of opiods with great success and we're confident it will for you, too!

Alternate Every 3 Hours:

500-1,000mg Acetaminophen (extra strength Tylenol)

400mg Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin)      

***Do not exceed limit of 6 Acetaminophen in 24 hours (3,000mg max)***


Researchers say this combination cocktail works better than prescribed opioids and are less likely to cause side effects. At Thomas Family Dentistry, we believe prescribed pain killers should be a last resort, and now with this OTC combination, we can reduce the frequency of opioid prescriptions without leaving our patients in pain!

Give this OTC cocktail combo a try, and we are confident that it will relieve your dental pain. 

Daily Max limit for ibuprofen- 3,200 mg per day

Daily max limit for acetaminophen- 3,000 mg per day

Tips and Tricks for a Successful First Visit for Your Child

  • Try to schedule your child early in the morning- at this time, your child is rested and can focus best. This makes sitting through a dental appointment easy and painless!
  • Afternoon appointments are typically more difficult as your child is already burnt out from the first half of the day and will not like to sit in the dental chair
  • Though it can be tough, your child does best in the chair when they are not accompanied by mom or dad!
    • Most kids tend to misbehave or act up if they are brought back with their parents
    • Cooperation is typically at its best when the child can focus on the doctor 
  • Avoid using certain terms that may scare your child from coming to the dentist. Here are some positive alternatives:
    • Shots- sleepy medicine
    • Drill- water wand
  • Reward positive behavior with positive actions, let them know about our prize box!
  • Always speak in a positive manner about coming to the dentist- if you love it, they will want to love it too!

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At Thomas Family Dentistry, we have two female dentists, Dr. Deanna Thomas and Dr. Noelle Peters. Between both doctors, there is over 30 years of experience. Both of our doctors also graduated from the University of Pittsburgh dental school; therefore, having a similar dental education allows our doctors to work together easily and practice almost identically. 

There are procedures offered at Thomas Family Dentistry that most general dental office do not offer. We offer implant placement, snap on smiles, cosmetic dentistry (using trios scanner instead of traditional impressions), extractions, clear correct, implant dentures, teeth whitening, root canal and so much more. Offering these procedures allows patients to have more done at our location. We refer to Dental Specialists for specific cases or reasons, when procedures can not be done at our office.

At Thomas Family Dentistry, you will find knowledgeable, kind and caring staff to help ensure an overall great experience! If you have not made an appointment at our office, please contact us at (724)347-2722 to become part of our Thomas Family Dentistry patient family! Remember we LOVE to see you SMILE!

If you are looking for a new dentist, you probably wonder if we will offer what you need. We take pride in providing our patients with a wide range of services so that the families in our community can receive consistent, quality care in our office.

The services we provide at our Hermitage, PA dental office:

If your service is not listed here, give us a call!

You probably notice that we offer numerous services you might not find in other general dentistry practices. We want to make getting the care you need comfortable and convenient. That being said, it is important to remember that we always wish the best for you and if you need a referral, we will give you the information about one of our trusted specialists.

We believe in providing excellent value for our patients by maintaining consistently high-quality dental care that gives you a great outcome.

Give us a call and learn more about how we can help you achieve the healthy, beautiful smile of your dreams. Our entire team is dedicated to making your dental experience a positive one!

At Thomas Family Dentistry, our goal is to make your first visit easy and as comfortable as possible. When you call to make your new patient appointment, you will be asked to provide basic information, dental insurance information, complete the new patient registration form and have previous records forwarded. It is helpful if you provide information to our staff over the phone about your dentition such as: date of last exam/cleaning, if you have any removable appliances (partials or dentures), if you have been previously diagnosed with periodontal disease or if you have been referred by another office.

To help us make your visit flow smoothly we ask that you have the information below prior to your visit:

  • New Patient Registration Form Completed
    • Medical History filled out thoroughly
    • Dental Insurance information completed (if you have it) 
  • Previous Dental Information and X rays forwarded
  • Medication List
  • Verified with Dental Insurance that we are a participating provider

We look forward to your first visit with us! If you have any questions prior to your appointment text or call (724)347-2722 and one of our staff members will be more than happy to help you. Remember at Thomas Family Dentistry we LOVE to see you SMILE!

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Your first visit to the dentist | Hermitage, PA | Thomas Family DentistryYou will notice the difference from your very first visit to our office!

Welcome to the Office

When you first walk into our office, you will be greeted by Shanequa, Sam or Megan at the front desk where you can check in and sign any outstanding forms needing to be completed.

Meet the Team and Get X-Rays

From then, you will be taken back with your registered dental hygienist, Leia, Jen or Shelby, where you will discuss any questions or concerns that you would initially like addressed. 

Next, you will have radiographs (x-rays) taken which will allow us to get a full, comprehensive image of each tooth in your dentition. Not only do these radiographs give us great baseline information that we can reference for changes in time, but they allow us to see any issues in their early stages that are not visible to the naked eye.

Building Your Dental Chart

From then, we will examine your teeth clinically and create your very own dental chart with any existing work you may have done or additional work needing to be done. 

We will create a periodontal probing chart for you by taking small measurements at the gum line of each tooth to evaluate attachment levels. Periodontal attachment levels are vital to your overall oral health. At our office, we want to ensure that your teeth's surrounding structures are sound before investing any time and money into restorative work. Our periodontal (gum) exam allows us to determine the type of dental cleaning you will need. We know that most people want a dental cleaning, and we don’t blame you! Beating that clean, fresh feeling is hard! Don’t worry if you have some catching up to do! Our hygiene team is thorough, yet gentle, and they work toward helping our patients enjoy a comfortable, healthy smile.

A Comprehensive Exam By Our Doctors

Dr. Thomas or Dr. Peters will perform a comprehensive dental exam and identify any dental conditions that require your attention. We will discuss this with you and never leave you in the dark. At Thomas Family Dentistry, our main goal is to ensure that you, yourself, are involved in treatment needs, decisions and priorities in conjunction with our dental recommendations. 

You will have time to ask questions at your exam. We believe in open communication so you can achieve your health and cosmetic goals for your smile. If there is something you would like to learn more about, we are here to answer your questions!

Your dentist near me is located at 3705 East State Street in Hermitage, PA, at the intersection of Snyder Road. We are in the same building as Farmers Insurance and CT Consultants. At our dental office, you’ll find ample parking around the entire building and easy access.

You’ll discover nearby attractions like Avenue of 444 Flags, Pymatuning State Park, the Shenango River, and the Shenango Valley Mall in our community. We love our community but treat patients in all areas, including our friends and neighbors in Sharon, Farrell, Sharpsville, West Middlesex, and Mercer.

Discover Comprehensive Dental Care

Our dental services include general and preventive dentistry for patients of all ages, including children. We also offer cosmetic dentistry, BOTOX, nightguards, mouthguards, Snap-On Smiles, and personalized hygiene care. Our dentists also customize treatments to fit your needs and goals.

If you’re coming to our dental office from Sharon, we recommend taking State Street all the way. You’ll find our dental office on the left.

For those traveling from Mercer, we recommend taking 62 South to our dental office.

Are You Looking for a Dentist Near Sharon, PA?

We are accepting new individuals and families and love welcoming new patients into our dental office. If you would like to arrange a single appointment or dental care for the entire family, we would love to hear from you today.

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