What Is A General Dentist?

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. This is crucial to your total 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.

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:

  • Cosmetic procedures
  • Crowns and bridges
  • Dental implants
  • Dentures
  • Gum disease treatment
  • Home care instruction
  • Mouth guards
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Oral surgery
  • Orthodontics
  • Partial dentures
  • Restorative care
  • Root canal therapy
  • Sealants
  • Teeth cleanings
  • Tobacco cessation
  • TMD/TMJ therapy

Differences Between Cosmetic and Traditional Dentistry

There are two main sectors of the dentistry industry. Traditional and cosmetic dentistry have two different focuses, procedures, and objectives. Both are very important and can accomplish a beautiful smile as well as healthy oral hygiene. Traditional dentistry focuses more on dental hygiene, and cosmetic dentistry focuses on the aesthetic appearance of one’s teeth and smile. Traditional dentistry procedures are necessary for keeping your teeth and mouth healthy. On the other hand, cosmetic dentistry is a choice to improve one’s mouth or smile. Here are some of the differences between cosmetic and traditional dentistry.

While cosmetic dentists do focus on the health of your teeth, their main objective is to make them look more pleasing to the patient. This is done through different procedures such as bleaching your teeth to make them whiter, putting on braces to straighten your teeth, or have veneers put on. Other procedures include contouring, dental bridges, and gum lifts. All of these procedures enhance your smile and make your mouth and teeth more beautiful.

Traditional dentistry’s main focus is to improve the health of your mouth and teeth. The procedures are very different than what a cosmetic dentist would perform. It is important to see a traditional dentist every six months to have your teeth cleaned and examined. They clean your teeth with fluoride and do a more thorough cleaning and flossing. Also, X-rays are taken at the visit to find any cavities or imperfections. Traditional dentists fill cavities, do root canals, place crowns on a damaged tooth, and clean teeth. The procedures maintain your overall dental hygiene.

The tools used in both fields of dentistry are more advanced than they used to be years ago. Both types use dental laser tools, and the practice of laser dentistry is becoming more prevalent. A common tool used for both cosmetic and traditional dentistry is a dental diode laser. It is used in almost all cosmetic procedures. The laser is more precise, offers quicker recovery times, and causes little to no pain. A dental laser can bleach and whiten teeth, make very precise incisions, and are used for both types of dentistry.

Both fields are different but can improve the health and appearance of your teeth. Traditional dentistry is necessary to ensure that you have strong healthy teeth. Cosmetic dentistry can enhance and perfect your teeth and smile which is important because it makes you feel good about yourself and can give you confidence.

Who wouldn’t want a perfect smile? Cosmetic and traditional dentistry offers many options for people who are unhappy with their smile. If you are one of these people, we encourage you to discuss all of your options with us. We can answer any questions you have about the techniques used to improve your smile.