General Dentistry encompasses all areas of oral health, including your teeth, gums, and jaws. Some general dentists are able to serve all age groups, from young children to geriatric adults.
Preventive Dentistry Services
The best way to maintain good oral health is by preventing the disease. The best way to prevent disease is by scheduling a regular dental exam and cleaning every 6 months. The general dentist may provide specific advice to help improve dental hygiene at home and recommend preventive procedures if necessary. Other preventative procedures can include:
- Sealants (usually on children as their permanent teeth erupt)
- Fluoride varnish
- Silver diamine fluoride (prevent caries and relieve teeth sensitivity)
- X-rays (including a panorex and/or bitewings)
Restorative Dentistry Services
If a problem is discovered, a general dentist will ensure that you receive prompt and suitable treatment. The removal of tooth decay and placement of a filling in the afflicted tooth is perhaps the most common dental treatment that’s seen today. However, general dentists are also able to handle dental emergencies such as treating fractured or dislocated teeth, and cases which involve pain, swelling, infection and/or bleeding.
General dentists are able to diagnose and treat most causes of toothaches and gum disease. They can also restore missing teeth, place crowns and bridges, or fit you for partial or complete dentures. Some dentists also offer more complex procedures like root canal therapy, Invisalign, and dental implants.
Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
Most general dentists are able to help patients achieve the smile they always desired with aesthetic dental procedures. Teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding, and porcelain veneers, are some examples.
Overall Health Concerns
Some dental problems reflect problems in other parts of your body and vice-versa. Your oral health is an indicator of your overall health in many ways. Untreated oral infections, periodontal disease, and new lesions in the mouth can suggest problems that may need further examination from your primary care physician. General dentists are educated to recognize these and other disorders and, if necessary, provide treatment or refer patients to specialists. Get complete general dentistry services from Belmont Dental Associates by Dr. Robert W. Bury and Dr. Taylor B. Bury. For more details and appointments, call us at (717) 848-1463, book online, or visit us at 3210 E Market Street, York, PA 17402.