General dentists have a broad range of knowledge in the dental field. They treat patients of all ages and are able to address a full spectrum of dental needs. A general dentist can perform cleanings, teeth whitening, crowns, and bridges, as well as provide routine examinations and x-rays. Seeing a general dentist allows you to receive comprehensive care.
During your cleaning and exam, we will remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth. This buildup can lead to cavities and gum disease. We will also perform an oral cancer screening to check for any issues.
X-rays are used to take high-quality images of your teeth, soft tissue, and jawbones. An X-ray allows your dentist to see detailed information about your oral and dental health. An X-ray exam is painless, non-invasive, and does not use radiation.
Your dentist will look at your X-ray images to check your teeth for cavities, decay, and damage. Your X-ray images will also be used to check for bone loss, impacted teeth, tooth development, abscesses, tumors, cysts, and problems in your jawbone.
Cavities are one of the most common dental problems. They occur when plaque and tartar build up on the teeth, leading to tooth decay. When left untreated, cavities only get worse. They erode the tooth enamel, which can make the tooth susceptible to infection. If left untreated, the tooth will need to be extracted.
Fortunately, cavities can be prevented. By maintaining good oral hygiene habits, you can prevent tooth decay and cavities. To decrease your risk of cavities, brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. It’s also important to avoid sugary foods and beverages, as they can increase the risk of tooth decay.
Crowns are used to restore teeth that are broken or weakened due to decay, trauma, or infection. They can be made from a metal alloy, porcelain, or both. Porcelain crowns can be matched to your surrounding teeth, making them discreet. A bridge is a permanent solution to replace missing teeth. A bridge is made of an artificial tooth that is held in place by crowns placed on the adjacent teeth.
Dentures enhance the function of your mouth by replacing missing teeth. Dentures can also be partial when only a few teeth are missing. A denture is a removable dental appliance that replaces missing teeth. Dentures can be made for both partial and full tooth loss. Partial dentures are used to replace a few missing teeth. Partial dentures are secured to natural teeth using a metal or acrylic clasp.
Dental implants are a common tooth replacement treatment used to replace one or multiple missing teeth. Unlike bridges or dentures, dental implants are permanent, with an artificial tooth root attached to your jawbone. Once healed, your dental implant can last for many years, and with proper care, it could last for the rest of your life.
Aesthetic dental procedures include teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, etc. Tooth whitening is a relatively fast and painless procedure that can brighten a smile by several shades. Patients can choose between an at-home professional whitening kit or an in-office treatment.
At-home professional whitening kits include custom-fitted whitening trays and whitening gel. Patients wear the trays for a few hours each day for about two weeks, depending on the product.
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry concerned with the prevention and correction of misaligned teeth and jaws. The main goal of orthodontics is to correct malocclusions or bad bites. There are a number of orthodontic appliances that can help correct malocclusions, such as braces, clear aligners, headgear, and retainers.