General dentistry is the most universal form of dental care, typically focused on preventing cavities, gum disease, stains, and other related ailments. It is also sometimes referred to as preventative dentistry because of the focus on preventative care.
Common preventative dentistry methods include regular dental exams, dental cleanings, and the application of dental sealants. In the unfortunate circumstance that a cavity occurs, a common restorative procedure is a dental filling.
General dentistry covers a wide range of procedures. This includes the initial consultation and diagnostics such as x-rays to determine what is wrong with your teeth before treatment.
In terms of treatments and prevention, you will find that we offer all of the following:
- Fillings: teeth can be filled with a variety of materials which include composite resin or in some cases amalgam.
- Crowns: these are artificial teeth or ‘caps’ which can be fitted over broken or damaged teeth. These will maintain their structure and protect them from further damage.
- Bridge: this is a structure which contains an artificial tooth or ‘pontic’ which is anchored to a couple of crowns. These crowns fit over the natural teeth on either side of a gap which help to secure the false tooth in place and so ensure a natural looking appearance.
- Root canal treatment: this procedure is carried when the tissue or ‘pulp’ within a tooth becomes infected. This procedure can be performed by a general or specialist dentist. (We use another local dentist for most root canal treatments)
- Dentures: these are basically a set of false teeth. If you have quite a few teeth missing, as a result of an accident or disease then dentures can help. They are removable false teeth which look and behave in much the same way as natural teeth.
- Dental cleaning: this can take the form of a ‘scale & polish’ or advice on brushing and flossing.
- Bonding: this is the name given to the procedure in which a type of resin is used as a ‘glue’ to stick a material, such as a veneer to a tooth. Often used to treat stained or damaged teeth.
- Oral (mouth) and Maxillofacial treatments: this is the technical term used to describe procedures for the mouth, face and jaw. Includes dental implants and treatment for temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ).