The first line of defense against oral health problems.
General dentistry means the dentist is the primary care provider for patients of all ages. He or she is responsible for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disorders and diseases affecting the teeth, gums and maxillofacial (jaw and face) parts of your body. A general dentist's primary focus is preventative care and minor restorative therapy. That aside, they can perform a number of other dental procedures. Those could include minor cosmetic treatments.
The recommendation from the American Dental Association (ADA) is that patients see their general dentist once every six months in order to ensure proper oral health. Regular oral health check-ups and maintenance will provide prevention and protect you against serious dental problems, which may require more extensive and costly treatments. Your dentist is well educated and trained in the many facets of general dentistry. Services for you and your family include:
- Crowns and bridges
- Dental implants
- Gum disease (Periodontal) treatment
- Root canal therapy
- Teeth cleanings
- Dental fillings
In the case of a treatment, which requires a specialist, your dentist will provide you with a referral.