General dentistry offers everything you need to ensure your family's optimal oral health and keep them smiling every day.
A general dentist is one of the few health care providers you're likely to visit on a regular basis, largely because their work revolves around disease prevention. Indeed, an estimated 65 percent of all dental work is either diagnostic or preventive. By focusing on oral health and hygiene, your general dentist can help you and your family prevent the progression of oral diseases that, if left untreated, would eventually cause pain, lost time at school or work, and higher treatment cost.
Services Provided by General Dentists
General dentists provide dental care to people of all ages. Unlike specialists who focus on addressing specific oral issues, general dentists provide a wide range of services that are essential to your family's continued health, including:
These are provided to help you maintain optimal oral health by addressing any issues as soon as they're detected. At a routine family dental visit, you can expect:
- Thorough examination of your mouth - teeth, gums, and other oral tissues
- Professional teeth cleaning
- Discussion about your dental health
Depending on your case, the dentist may take diagnostic images, such as X-rays, and recommend ways to improve your at-home oral hygiene, preventive treatments like sealants for your children, or custom-made mouthguard for the athletes in your family.
If the exam reveals a problem, your general dentist will ensure that you get the right treatment in time. Some of the common tooth repair options include:
- Decay removal and filling
- Fillings or crowns for dental trauma such as a broken or chipped tooth
- Diagnosis and treatment of tooth pain or gum disease
- Bridgework, dentures, or implants to replace missing teeth
Some general dentists also provide more advanced treatments like orthodontics and root canal therapy.
Your general dentist can also help you restore and maintain the sparkle in your smile through cosmetic procedures like teeth whitening, veneers, and cosmetic bonding, among others.
Oral health concerns
General dentists also help to address other issues that affect your oral and overall health, like recommending oral appliances for sleep apnea, providing nutritional counseling for nursing mothers, and helping with tobacco cessation.
When to visit your general dentist
You can always visit your dentist whenever you have an oral concern, such as tooth pain, sensitivity, or bleeding gums. But it's recommended that you schedule preventive services every six months for optimal oral health.