As your general dentistry provider, we are responsible for the general diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and management of a wide range of dental conditions, disorders, and diseases that affect the teeth, gums, jaw, and face. Our team will provide services related to the general maintenance of your oral hygiene and tooth health, as well as refer you to the specialists when appropriate. We will work with you to develop a customized dental hygiene plan that incorporates dental examination, tooth cleaning, possible tooth scaling, X-ray and use of other diagnostic equipment to prevent, uncover or treat problems as early as possible.
The goal of general dentistry is preventative. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you visit your dentist twice a year to ensure proper oral hygiene and functionality. Regular checkups and oral health maintenance prevent the development of serious dental problems that can require costly treatment. When necessary, our team will use restorative dentistry procedures to repair the effects of tooth decay, trauma, defect or disease in the areas of the mouth.
General dentistry for children and adults include:
- Preventive care visits
- Restorative services like fillings, crowns, and bridges
- Fitting and placement of dentures
- Pediatric treatment
- Root canal therapy
Questions about General Dentistry
Why do I need to visit every six months if I don’t have any problems?
Preventive oral care is less expensive than repairing damage. Gum disease and early signs of tooth decay often have few symptoms or warning signs. Regular preventative care visits allow us to monitor your oral health and catch any issues before they become major problems.
What is the difference between a filling and a crown?
Made from composite resin, tooth-colored fillings replace decay that only impacts a portion of the tooth. With severe damage, you will likely need a dental crown, which fits securely over the remaining tooth structure and completely covers the tooth.
When should my child first visit the dentist?
The American Dental Association recommends starting visits when children get teeth, usually at age one. By starting early, the doctor can take a look to make sure everything is on target, and we can start to create positive feelings for your child so that he or she will look forward to visiting the dentist.
I have metal fillings. Should I replace them?
At one time, amalgam fillings, which contain mercury, were the standard for restoring teeth. Now, most dentists prefer composite fillings. These fillings match your natural tooth color, won’t leak over time, and don’t contain any mercury. If your old fillings aren’t causing you problems, you can choose to leave them in place. However, if you want more aesthetic restorations or are concerned about possible health effects of having amalgam fillings, be sure you consult with a doctor who has the equipment and expertise necessary to safely remove the fillings.
There is much debate over whether mercury in our fillings is safe. Since mercury is a known toxin and there is evidence of vapor release (there is a debate on whether the amount released is safe or not) from the mercury fillings, we have decided to error on the side of caution. We do not place mercury fillings in our practice. We do not recommend that all patients remove all of their mercury fillings. When we do recommend removal it is usually because there are structural reasons for replacement of the restoration. When patients request elective replacement of mercury fillings, we make sure that the patients are making an informed decision. To remove and replace mercury fillings with more biocompatible materials, we equip the patient with an oxygen nasal mask and utilize an intra-oral suction device as well as a special air filtration unit to assist in removing mercury vapors.