General Dentists- Your Mouths Superhero!
General dentists can provide a wide array of services, including preventive care, minor restorative therapy, and family dental care. They are largely concerned with helping patients maintain good oral hygiene and dental health to prevent problems from occurring in the first place. However, if dental problems are discovered, general dentists have the skills to use restorative procedures to repair tooth decay, disease, and trauma. If you’re nervous about setting up an appointment with a general dentist, continue reading to learn more about general dentistry and which procedures they use for improving dental health.
- Preventive services — These help you maintain good oral health by stopping disease before it takes hold in your mouth. Regular exams (including diagnostic images such as x-rays) and professional teeth cleanings are a cornerstone of prevention. Your general dentist may give you detailed instructions to improve your at-home oral hygiene, and may also recommend preventive treatments such as sealants, if needed.
- Restorative Services — When a problem is found, your dentist will ensure you get timely and appropriate treatment. Probably the most common (and highly effective) dental restoration involves removing tooth decay and placing a filling in the affected tooth. But that’s not the only restorative procedure general dentists provide. They offer you a place to go when you need prompt treatment for dental trauma—for example, a broken, loosened or knocked-out tooth. General dentists can diagnose and treat the causes of tooth pain or periodontal (gum) disease. They may also offer treatments for missing teeth, place crowns or bridgework, and help you get fitted with dentures. Some provide more advanced treatments, such as root canal therapy, orthodontics, and dental implants, as well.
- Cosmetic Procedures — Many general dentists can help you get the sparkling smile you’ve always wanted with a range of cosmetic procedures. These include teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding—even porcelain veneers. If a brighter smile is what you’re looking for, ask your general dentist about a smile makeover.
- Overall Health Concerns — In many respects, your oral health can be seen as a mirror of your general health. Some dental problems may reflect issues in other parts of your body, and vice versa. For example, untreated oral infections can lead to poorer control of diabetes, an increased incidence of cardiovascular disease, and complications during pregnancy. General dentists are trained to identify these and other issues, and offer appropriate treatment or referral when needed. One special concern is obstructive sleep apnea, a potentially deadly condition that can sometimes be treated with an oral appliance.
General dentists can also offer nutritional counseling along with health and wellness information. As oral health is not only important to your appearance and sense of well-being, but also to your overall health. Cavities and gum disease may contribute to many serious conditions, such as diabetes and respiratory diseases. Untreated cavities can also be painful and lead to serious infections.
Visit your General Dentist Twice Yearly
In general dentistry, there is an emphasis on long-term dental health. Unfortunately, many people only visit a dentist when they’re in a lot of pain. In order to prevent similar tooth and oral pains from occurring again, we recommend that you see a general dentist two times per year to take preventative measures and catch problems in their early stages. At Chinook Mall Family Dental Clinic we use clinical expertise, tests, radiographs, and instruments to analyse a your oral health and diagnose any potential dental health problems. The oral cavity, neck, and head are the primary focus. Dr. Charchuk will create an individualized preventative plan for each patient to help them maintain healthy teeth. If a problem is discovered, a treatment plan will be developed for the patient.
A General Dentist is not so general! With extensive study in the dentistry field, it allows for a wide array of knowledge and treatment when it comes to your oral health. Please contact us to book in for your SUPER check up.