General dentistry is an umbrella term for diagnostic, preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental procedures. From pediatric treatments to fillings, general dentistry encompasses all the care you and your family need to keep your teeth and gums healthy for life.
Benefits of General Dentistry
General dentistry is ideal for patients who want to maintain a healthy smile. It includes preventive, restorative, and cosmetic procedures for long-term oral health.
The mouth is the gateway to the body. Some diseases manifest in the mouth, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and nutritional deficiencies. Gum disease has also been linked to heart disease. General dentistry focuses on prevention and care. Regular dental cleanings and exams can help detect early signs of disease, allowing us to prevent the advancement of the disease and improve your overall health and well-being.
General Dentistry Procedures
General dentistry procedures include preventative care such as cleanings and checkups, along with restorative procedures such as fillings and crowns. Preventative care helps you avoid cavities and the need for restorative procedures. During your appointments, we’ll examine your oral health and discuss any areas of concern. From there, we can recommend treatments to help you improve your smile.
Here are the procedures that are included in general dentistry:
Preventive dentistry aims to reduce the number of dental issues that patients face by addressing potential problems before they progress. It can help you prevent more invasive procedures in the future. Having your teeth regularly cleaned and examined by our dentist is the best way to ensure that any potential issues are caught early.
For example, if you’re having your teeth cleaned every six months and the hygienist notices that you have gingivitis, early treatment can limit its negative effects. The dentist may recommend more frequent cleanings or medication to reduce your risk of progressing to a more advanced stage of gum disease.
Restorative dentistry refers to treatments that restore or improve a patient’s oral health. These procedures also improve how patients look and feel about themselves.
Restorative services may include the following:
- Dental fillings
- Dental crowns
- Dental bridges
- Dental implants
Cosmetic dentistry refers to dental treatments designed to improve the appearance of a patient’s smile. The treatments performed in this field can be restorative and elective. Common treatments include dental implants, crowns, and veneers. While cosmetic dentistry is not considered necessary for maintaining a healthy smile, it can help boost self-confidence and self-esteem.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Stevenson or Dr. Cyr, book online or call All Smiles Family Dentistry at (319) 553-3085.