General Dental Services
What is a General Dentist?
A general dentists prevent, evaluate, diagnose, and treat diseases of the oral cavity, as well as maintain the function and appearance of the teeth. Many oral diseases and abnormalities can indicate other diseases. A general dentist may refer patients to their physician or a specialist for further evaluation, or vice versa for treatment.
These services may include:
- Complete exams
- x-rays and professional dental cleanings
- Fillings, root canals, and extractions
- Cosmetic dentistry, such as whitening, porcelain and composite veneers
- Implants – placement and restoration
- Crowns, bridges, full and partial dentures
- Oral appliances for the control of Bruxism (Teeth Grinding & Clenching)
- Preventive care, periodontal therapy, and nutritional counselling
- Minor Oral Surgical Procedures
- Removal of Wisdom Teeth
General dentists are the main providers of dental care to people of all ages. At a routine visit to your family dentist, you will probably have a thorough examination of your mouth (including teeth, gums, and other structures), a professional cleaning, and a discussion about your dental (and overall) health. If your exam reveals the presence of tooth decay, you will probably also have a filling in the affected tooth. Yet these procedures, while common, are hardly the only services your general dentist provides.
When Should I See my Dentist? How Often?
The short answer: every six months for preventative services—and otherwise, whenever you have a concern about your oral health. You may have a clear signal (such as a toothache or bleeding gums) that something in your mouth needs attention. Or, you may have heard of a cosmetic procedure that you’d like to find out more about. In either case, don’t hesitate to call our dental office.
In terms of routine dental appointments, there isn’t a single schedule that fits all patients. Depending on your individual circumstances, your dentist may want to see you twice a year, every three months, or another interval. Whatever it is, don’t let those appointments go! Keeping up with the recommended schedule of preventive treatment and practicing effective oral hygiene at home are the two best ways to prevent dental disease—and keep your smile looking bright and healthy for the rest of your life.