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Keeping your teeth and gums happy and healthy is an essential element of maintaining your overall health. Establishing healthy oral health habits and receiving regular dental care from a general or family dentist is the best way that you can achieve top-notch oral health for you and for your family.
What Does a General Dentist Do?
A general dentist is a dental professional who serves as the primary dental health care provider for patients of all ages. Instead of specializing in just one area of dentistry, general dentists offer several different services that both treat and prevent diseases of the gums and teeth.
General family dentistry is dedicated to your lifelong dental health. General dentists focus on keeping your smile in first-rate shape by performing regular checkups, filling cavities, cleaning and polishing your teeth, advising you on the best ways to maintain your oral health and performing any procedures that will strengthen and repair your teeth and gum tissue. When you come to your dentist with a toothache or other concerning symptoms, he or she will be able to diagnose the problem, and treat it to ensure that the issue does not return in the future.
What Are General Dentistry Services?
There are many different types of services that fall under the umbrella of general dentistry services. They include exams, procedures and treatments that will keep your dental health in great shape for years to come. Our practice offers the following services as part of our dentist general practice.
Tooth Repair & Replacement
Our general dentists are able to repair or replace cracked, broken or missing teeth so that your smile looks and functions the way that it is supposed to. Learn more
Dental crowns are a cover (sometimes called a “cap”) that the dentist places over your tooth in cases when you have a large cavity that can’t be filled or you have suffered damage to a tooth. Learn more
Our practice offers porcelain crowns so that you can have your teeth capped in a manner that blends in seamlessly with your other teeth. Learn more
Dental bonding consists of the dentist applying tooth-colored composite materials to a tooth to repair it or make cosmetic improvements. Learn more
A dental bridge is a custom-made device that replaces one or more missing teeth by bridging the gap between abutment teeth (the teeth on either side of the gap). Learn more
Fillings are placed inside of a cavity to prevent a tooth from decaying further. Learn more
A composite filling is made out of a mixture of plastic and glass materials that are the same color as your teeth. Learn more
Porcelain fillings are stronger than other types of fillings and are used in areas of the mouth that sustain lots of chewing pressure (such as the back teeth). Learn more
A dental sealant is a thin coating that is placed on the back teeth to shield them from bacteria and food.
How Frequently Should I Go to the Dentist?
If you’ve been wondering, “How often should I see a general dentist near me?” then you are not alone. Most people should see a dentist for a checkup every six months. However, your age, the condition of your teeth and other factors can also play a part in how frequently you should come in to see your dentist.
How Much Will I Have to Pay to Visit the Dentist?
The amount that you will have to pay for your visit to the dentist will vary depending on the types of treatments needed. The dental insurance coverage you have will also determine how much you will owe. Get in touch with our staff today to figure out how much your initial consultation will cost.
How Do Dentists Clean Teeth?
A general dentist or dental hygienist will remove plaque and tartar from your teeth by using a scaler to scrape the plaque off. He or she will then utilize a high-powered brush that will brush and polish your teeth in a way that can’t be done at home. Fluoride treatment is frequently applied to the teeth as part of your cleaning.
How Long Does a Dental Appointment Last?
The amount of time that you will spend at a general dental office for your appointment will depend on what you are having done. A quick follow-up appointment can take around 30 minutes, while extensive dental procedures can take several hours. A routine checkup usually takes the dentist about an hour to complete. If you want to know how much time you will need to spend at our office for your appointment, give our office a call.
What Do I Need to Do to Prepare for My Dentist Appointment?
To be fully prepared for your appointment, be sure that you arrive on time. You should also have a list of any medications that you are currently on, any medical conditions you have and what kind of dental insurance you have. If you are feeling nervous about your appointment, please let us know. Our staff is here to help you feel at ease throughout your visit.