General dentists are the primary dental care providers for patients of all ages. They can treat you and your entire family and care for your overall oral health. Your general dentist takes responsibility for the diagnosis, treatment and overall coordination of services to meet your oral health needs. If you need a specialized dental procedure performed, your general dentist may work with other dentists to make sure you get the care you need. This dentist diagnoses, treats, and manages your overall oral health care needs, including gum care, root canals, fillings, crowns, veneers, bridges, and preventive education.
What kind of procedures do general dentists provide?
Many general dentists are highly educated and trained on all dental procedures. Instead of specializing in just one area of dentistry, they can provide plenty of different services for you and your family, such as:
A prophylactic cleaning is usually done by a dental hygenist. They use hand instruments and ultrasonic instruments to remove plaque, tartar, and extrinsic stains from the teeth and gums. Normally cleanings are recommended once every six months to prevent cavities, gingivitis and periodontits
Sealants are a plastic film coating that are applied to caries-free chewing surfaces of premolar and molar teeth. They act as a barrier to protect the surface of the teeth from bacteria that cause decay. The grooves, pits, and fissures of these chewing surfaces are professionally cleaned before the sealent is applied to the surface. Sealants do not alter the bite or appearance of the teeth. Dental sealants are reported to reduce the incidence of cavities in children’s teeth by 50%.
Flouride Varnish is a highly concentrated form of flouride that is usually applied directly following a cleaning. Most varnishes contain 5% Sodium Flouride. Due to varnish’s adherent nature, it is able to stay in contact with teeth surfaces for several hours. Flouride varnish helps to remineralize tooth surfaces, ease tooth sensitivity, and prevent decay.
We use the most up to date Kodak digital x ray technology. With this technology, you receive a much lower dose of radiation than with conventional x-ray systems. Typically, about 97% less radiation. Also cavities and abnormalities can be magnified and detected at an earlier stage. Digital x-rays capture the image instantly and can be shown to the patient on a t.v. screen. These x-rays are enlarged in the office for patients to see and understand where and why they need treatment. Digital x-rays are also safer for the environment due to the elimination of x-ray processing chemicals. Digital x-rays can be easily printed for patients to take home or emailed.
Non-surgical periodontal treatments (also called scaling and root planing) include the removal of plaque, calculus, tartar and stain from the crown and root surfaces of teeth. This minimizes the growth of toxic bacteria that cause periodontal disease progression and can lead to several other health issues. A smooth root surface after periodontal treatment provides less opportunity for bacteria to accumulate and release toxins that infect gums and bone around teeth. Teeth can become mobile from severe periodontal disease. This is easily treatable with periodontal/gum treatments. Periodontal disease has been directly linked to an increased risk of heart attacks, stroke, low birth weight babies, diabetes and many more health issues. Treatment of periodontal disease is pain less and very successful.
Custom designed nightguards are made of durable plastic and molded to fit the shape of your teeth. Nightguards are recommended for patients who clench or grind their teeth at night as a way to protect their teeth and bite, and to limit damage to the jaw muscles, jaw bone, and jaw joints. Athletic guards are similar and made to protect the teeth and nerves from impacts due to sports.
Invisalign is a new method used to straighten teeth, improve appearance, and correct the bite without using traditional braces. Clear aligners help correct the position of your teeth in a period of six to twelve months. A new retainer is placed every two weeks that progressively straightens the teeth. The Invisalign method has many advantages. The aligners are clear so people won’t notice you are wearing them. The clear molds are removable so you can take them out whenever you desire. You can eat, brush and floss without any inconvenience. Furthermore, they are less irritating than traditional braces because they are not made of metal wires. Invisalign is a quick, affordable, convenient way to correct misaligned teeth for teens and adults.