What is General Dentistry?
General dentistry is the practice of providing dental care and treatment for most oral health needs. It can be practiced by dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, and students enrolled in a public health or dental hygiene program. General dentists are responsible for preventive care as well as diagnostic, restorative, and reconstructive procedures.
General dentistry is the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and conditions of teeth, oral cavity (mouth), dental hard tissue, salivary glands, and related structures.
General dentistry may be practiced either independently or as an extension of a dental speciality.
Genis Dental is available to serve patients in Philadelphia, Bucks County, and Feasterville. We provide a wide range of general dentistry services, including teeth cleaning, fillings, extractions, dental crowns, bridges, and more.
We also offer cosmetic dentistry services, including veneers, to improve your smile and your confidence! To get our best offers for general dentistry, schedule an appointment today.
Following, you’ll see some of the common procedures and treatments that fall under general dentistry.
- Crown And Bridges
Damaged teeth bring with them many inconveniences, such as speech and chewing problems. From an aesthetic point of view, broken teeth can also hurt your self-esteem. However, there is a way out—you can restore teeth with the help of prosthetics.
Crowns or bridges can be installed if the root of the tooth is still healthy. Thus, it is possible to return to the functions of a healthy tooth so you can continue to enjoy food and a beautiful smile without restrictions.
- Cavity Fillings
Dental caries (tooth decay) and cavities are prevalent dental issues. Though they appear mostly harmless, if left untreated, the decay process can lead to conditions such as pulpitis, periodontitis, and even tooth loss.
- Tooth-Colored Fillings
Thanks to advances in modern dental materials and techniques, we have more ways to create pleasing, natural-looking smiles. Tooth-colored fillings are a type of restoration procedure.
A filling restores the shape of a partially decayed tooth with composite materials that match the color perfectly. It allows a dentist to create an aesthetically beautiful restoration of your tooth. This is one reason why people prefer this type of filling over the metal kind.
- Root Canal Treatment
Pulpitis is a consequence that results when caries, or tooth decay, is not treated in time. Root canal treatment (endodontic treatment) includes:
- Creating an opening in the tooth
- Pulp removal
- Canal filling
If necessary, temporary root canal fillings can come specially prepared for an anti-inflammatory effect.
If a tooth is damaged to the extent that it cannot be saved, the tooth extraction method is likely the only option remaining. Luckily, the extraction process is performed using anesthesia and the latest tools so it goes quickly and painlessly.
- Dental Implants
Dental implants are the most popular way to replace lost teeth. This type of procedure comes with several advantages:
- Durability – When following dentist recommendations, patients usually don’t have any problems with their implants for many years.
- Ease of maintenance – Maintaining oral hygiene and regular preventive dental visits is still vital with an implant, but the process is easier with an implant than with a diseased or painful tooth.
- Comfort – Dental implants do not injure mucosa (the lining of the mouth), and when performed correctly, cause no pain or discomfort.
- Bone preservation – The bone is subjected to the same stresses as with the native tooth. Thus, the degeneration and thinning of the tooth are prevented.
- Dentures & Partial Dentures
Dentures have virtually always been popular due to their importance in creating a better smile. These types of dental prosthetics can be independently inserted and removed by the patient.
These days, removable dentures are made of modern materials and customized for each patient. They are much lighter than their predecessors and have an impressive wear life.
With dentures, anyone who has lost several teeth or even all their teeth can opt for identical or more aesthetically pleasing replacements. Most importantly, they can chew normally and smile again without experiencing any discomfort.
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