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General and Preventive Care
General dentistry encompasses a broad range of diseases and disorders of the oral and maxillofacial region. Everyone should see a general dentist for routine oral health examinations, twice-yearly cleanings, and treatment of routine oral health complications, such as minor tooth decay. General dentistry is as much about prevention as it is about treatment. Patients who visit a general dentist can expect professional oral health care, as well as education and advisement about self-care between office visits.
The American Dental Association recommends that every American should visit a general dentist a minimum of one time every six months.
Doing so can aid in the detection of decay, oral disease, and other dental health problems before the progress and become severe. If you are at risk for certain complications or have a history of periodontal disease and advanced decay, you may need to visit your general dentist on a more frequent basis. Patients who visit their dentist regularly and as recommended are more likely to retain their natural teeth and enjoy a lifetime of good oral health.
Patients who visit a general dentist should expect professional oral health care, as well as education about self-care between office visits.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to visit a general dentist?
Yes. Even if you are not currently experiencing any symptoms of tooth decay or gum disease, it is important to visit your dentist for a thorough examination and cleaning. Despite daily brushing and flossing, your teeth can still accumulate tartar that can harbor bacteria. These bacteria can lead to gum disease and tooth decay if not professionally removed at your dentist’s office.
What should I expect during my dentist visit?
Your visit will begin with a general inspection of the condition of your teeth. If you have not been to the dentist in a while, your dentist may order x-rays. An oral hygienist will then use special metal instruments to gently scrape away tartar along your gum line. Later, your dentist will review your x-rays and discuss any symptoms you may have been experiencing. He or she will then make a recommendation for treatment (if applicable) and answer any questions you may have.
Are there any special instructions I need to follow after seeing my dentist?
Based on the results of your dental check-up, your general dentist may recommend that you return for treatment or follow a special at-home oral care plan. You may also be referred to a dental specialist for treatment of advanced oral health conditions.
Your smile is the first impression that others have of you, so it makes sense that you would want it to be bright, white and healthy. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, every American adult at some point believes that a smile is an important asset for social situations. Perhaps that is why so many patients are electing cosmetic dental procedures to improve their smiles and boost self-confidence
Cosmetic dentistry is more than just teeth whitening.
Your cosmetic dentist is also capable of transforming your smile’s shape, color, alignment, as well as filling in gaps and discreetly restoring decayed or damaged teeth with tooth-colored fillings. In fact, modern advancements in cosmetic dentistry have made it possible for patients to achieve nearly perfect teeth with cosmetic enhancements and restorations that are virtually undetectable to friends, family, and peers.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for cosmetic dentistry?
You may be a candidate for cosmetic dentistry if your healthy teeth have imperfections that you would prefer to be changed to enhance the appearance of your smile. It is important to recognize that esthetic dental treatments are not meant to alter your overall appearance, but rather to provide a positive change that compliments the health and natural appearance of your teeth. If you think cosmetic dentistry is right for you, contact your cosmetic dentist today to schedule a consultation.
What should I expect from my cosmetic dental visit?
Due to great strides in dentistry, cosmetic, restorative and general dentistry can overlap in a single visit. You can expect your cosmetic dentist to discuss health implications, as well as esthetics at your appointment.
What types of cosmetic treatments are available to me?
There are many types of cosmetic treatments available, from in-office teeth whitening to total smile make-overs. The types of treatments available to you will depend on your overall goals but may include professional whitening, tooth-colored fillings, bonding, crowns, veneers, or dental implants.
What should I expect after receiving a cosmetic treatment?
You will receive special care instructions following your treatment. For example, if you have your teeth whitened you should avoid highly pigmented beverages and foods for several days to prevent staining. On the other hand, a dental implant make-over may require a significant amount of downtime, as well as a temporary, but limited diet.
Our teeth are designed to work together. Each tooth is connected to two other teeth in opposing arch. When we lose a tooth it’s like taking a pillar out of a building structure. At first, nothing happens, but soon gravity and external forces take over and the building starts to collapse. It’s the same with our teeth: pressure and other forces win. The teeth either side of the gap begin to collapse inwards and the opposing teeth start to move. This results in malocclusion.
The longer you wait to replace missing teeth, the more complicated and costly the replacement gets. Talk to us to understand different options for the replacement of missing teeth.
According to the American Dental Association, the average adult between the ages of 20 and 64 has three or more decayed or missing teeth.
If you are missing one or more teeth, the reasons to correct the problem are, a large space between your teeth may affect how you speak or eat. Even if it’s not noticeable, a missing molar can affect how you chew. Remaining teeth may shift and in some cases, bone loss can occur around a missing tooth.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the different ways to replace missing teeth?
There are various ways to replace missing teeth and all have different cost implications and benefits. The available tooth replacement options are partial dentures, dental bridges, and implant.
What are partial dentures?
Like a bridge, partial dentures rest on surrounding teeth to fill in the gaps where one or more teeth are missing. But unlike a bridge, partial dentures are fully removable by the wearer. Partials are affordable alternatives to other types of dental prosthetics and are custom-made to blend in with each patient’s natural teeth. It takes a little time to adapt to new partials, but many people find that they reclaim much of their original function and aesthetics with partial dentures in place.
What is the difference in dental implants and dental bridges?
A dental implant consists of an implant crown and an implant abutment, whereas a dental bridge consists of two crowns and one dental pontic (dummy tooth that replaces the missing tooth).
The decision whether to have a dental bridge or a dental implant depends on your unique situation. The primary consideration as to whether an implant or a bridge is the best option is the condition of the teeth adjacent to the gap. If the adjacent teeth are in good condition, then an implant is probably the way to go. However, if the adjacent teeth are in poor condition for example heavily filled with poor cosmetics (such as amalgam fillings or chipping), then they would probably need crowning anyway before the procedure. In that case, it is a no-brainer to opt for the dental bridge.