Our dedicated dental team provides affordable, comprehensive general dentistry services to patients of all ages living in the Suwanee, Sugar Hill and Buford area. While having a local dentist you trust is an essential part of taking care of your oral health, many people are unsure about what all general dentistry entails. Suwanee Family Dentistry is here to help.
What Is General Dentistry?
General dentistry is the most common form of dentistry because of the wide spectrum of services it provides. When you go to your biannual dental appointment for a cleaning and examination, you are most likely visiting a general dentist practice. All of the treatments and services offered by general dentists have a common goal: to keep your oral health at its best in order to preserve and enhance your natural smile.
Types of General Dentistry Services
A general dentist’s first line of action is providing preventive services because preventive procedures and habits can keep dental problems from occurring further down the road and later in life. However, we understand that life happens and preventive services are not always enough to keep oral issues from occurring. This is why beyond preventive services, we also offer restorative services to correct any oral issues that have occured.
Some preventive services that are offered in general dentistry include routine examinations, biannual cleanings, and digital X-rays.
Your general dentistry team will provide a routine examination at your biannual visit to make sure your teeth are remaining healthy. We may look at problem areas you have had in the past (such as past cavities), check that your teeth are not shifting, and look to see if wisdom teeth have grown in. These routine examinations help ensure that your oral health is in good standing and any underlying issues are caught early on. During these examinations, we also check for other issues like TMJ and gum disease, and conduct oral cancer screenings in a comfortable, compassionate setting.
Although you should be brushing and flossing daily, coming to the dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning is a necessary preventive measure to keep your teeth healthy. Your dentist or dental hygienist can scrape off tartar that has built up from hard to reach plaque, which can cause tooth decay. At these cleanings, our team can offer advice on which areas in your mouth you may need to focus on in order to best keep your teeth and gums healthy.
X-rays are an important aspect of general dentistry because they ensure your dentist sees everything going on in your mouth—including under the surface. Using X-rays, dentists can see if adult teeth are growing in correctly under baby teeth, if adult teeth are shifting, and see if and when wisdom teeth are growing in. Digital X-rays are one of the most important preventive services because the advanced technology allows the dentist to provide better, more personalized care for the patient.
Restorative services are put in place once a dental problem has been found. The most common restorative service is a filling, which treats cavities by removing the decayed part of the tooth and filling it in. However, there are many, many more restorative services offered by a general dentist. If a tooth is cracked or broken, a crown will most likely be put on the tooth, or an extraction may occur if the tooth is too damaged to be salvaged. For more severe cases, we may consider dentures, bridges or implants to fix the issue. If you experience serious dental problems, your dentist will consider many different restorative options to improve the look and function of your teeth.
Schedule an Appointment with One of Our General Dentists Today!
Now that you know all the facts about general dentistry and its importance for your oral health, don’t forget to schedule a biannual appointment with your general dentist in Suwanee! Keep your oral health at its best by receiving these preventive services, so you hopefully won’t need the restorative services later on. We can’t wait to see you and show you what makes our affordable general dental office different from the rest!