General Dentistry

General Dentistry

What does general dentistry include?

General dentistry covers a wide range of procedures. This includes the initial consultation and diagnostics such as x-rays, CAT scans and wax moulds for replacement teeth. He or she will use a variety of methods such as tests, x rays and the like to determine what is wrong with your teeth before treatment.

In terms of treatments, you will find that your general dentist will offer some or all of the following:

  • Fillings:

teeth can be filled with so many different materials which include gold, amalgam, mercury, porcelain and composite resin.

  • Crowns:

Crowns are artificial tooth or ‘caps’ which can be fitted over damaged or broken teeth. These will hold their shape and shield them from similarly harm.

  • Bridge:

This is a structure which incorporates an synthetic tooth or ‘pontic’ which is anchored to more than one crowns. These crowns in shape over the natural enamel on either facet of a gap which assist to cozy the fake teeth in location and so make sure a natural looking look.

  • Root canal treatment:

This procedure is PERFORMED when the tissue or ‘pulp’ within a tooth becomes infected. This procedure can be carried out by a general or specialist dentist.

  • Dentures:

These are basically a set of false teeth. If you have any teeth missing, because of an accident or disease then dentures can help. They are removable false teeth which look and behave in much the same way as natural teeth.

  • Dental cleaning:

This can take the form of a ‘scale & polish’ or advice on brushing and flossing.

  • Bonding:

Bonding is the name of the procedure in which a type of resin is used as a ‘glue’ to stick a material, such as a veneer to a tooth. Often used to treat stained or damaged teeth.

  • Oral (mouth) and Maxillofacial treatments:

This is the technical term used to describe procedures for the mouth, face and jaw. Includes Dental implants and treatment for temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ). These are the most common services offered by a general dentist. However, you may find that your general dentist carries out a range of cosmetic dental procedures such as teeth whitening, veneers, lumineers and cosmetic bonding.