The focus of general dentistry is primarily on preventive care, however, the general dentists are capable of performing a wide array of restorative and cosmetic procedures. In some cases a general dentist is not able perform a certain specialized treatment and he will give you a referral to a specialist.
The following are common restorative procedures that can be performed under general dentistry:
Dental fillings repair damage caused to the structure of one or more of your teeth. Damage to your teeth can occur because of tooth decay or trauma.
Fillings can be made of any of gold, white filling (also known as composite resin), amalgam (or silver filling), and porcelain.
A chipped or cracked tooth may require bonding. The procedure requires ‘gluing’ composite resin, like a patch, into place to repair the damage.
The composite is applied, sculpted and contoured into place and polished to give a seamless appearance.
Orthodontics is a restorative procedure meant to correct misaligned teeth or a poor bite. It involves the use of braces and/or retainers or trays.
Sometimes the pulp tissue of your tooth is infected and your dentist will remove the tissue. The area is then treated with an antibacterial filling.
The tooth will be capped with a crown to protect it.
Crowns (or caps) are placed to repair teeth that have suffered extensive damage and fillings cannot stay in place. They are made of different material, including metals such as gold, or other tooth-like material like porcelain.
Dental bridges replace missing teeth with artificial ones called pontics. The bridge is anchored by the surrounding teeth and a tooth-like shape is placed in the gap.
Dentures and partial dentures
When you have several teeth missing, dentures or partial dentures may be an option. These oral appliances are inserted and removed into the mouth. Dentures replace an entire arch of teeth, whereas a partial denture will replace a few missing teeth and will be retained with surrounding natural teeth. The technology and material used for making dentures has improved and the experience and quality of dentures you receive at our office will be excellent. Implants are now an excellent choice in conjunction with dentures to give unprecedented retention.
Oral and maxillofacial procedures
Jaw and mouth abnormalities are treated in several ways, one of which are dental implants.
Scaling and cleaning of teeth, as well as using medicated mouthwash and dental flossing, are some of the periodontal procedures used to treat gum disease in early and late stages.