Proper dental care not only keeps your teeth and gums healthy, it also helps to prevent a variety of diseases and conditions that result from plaque and tartar buildup, as well as from gum disease and periodontitis. Learn more about services provided by general dentists, then use DexKnows listings to find one near you.
General dentists will recommend a checkup and dental cleaning twice a year, more often if you prove prone to greater plaque buildup, which hardens into tartar. A typical checkup will include:
· Examination and screening for oral cancer
· Evaluation of gums
· Checking of biting and chewing patterns
· X-rays of teeth and reading of X-rays
· Checking of existing crowns and fillings
During the checkup, a general dentist may also recommend additional dental work needed, such as crowns and fillings, root canals and extractions to address untreated cavities. Certain general dentists also provide TMJ treatment (temporomandibular joint disorders) and perform cosmetic dental services, including dental bonding and dental reconstruction, while others refer patients to those who specialize in cosmetic dentistry.
A general dentist may also refer younger patients to a provider of pediatric dentistry for regular checkups and dental sealants, the application of which can prevent cavities in young children.
Dental hygienists typically provide dental cleaning during a visit to a dentistry office. A typical cleaning will include:
· Removal of plaque, tartar and stains
· Polishing of teeth
· Flossing and flossing instruction
· Cleaning and adjustment of dentures if necessary
· Application of sealants
Various types of general dentists exist, with sub-specialties within based on philosophy or technology used. For example, a doctor who practices holistic dentistry will treat the patient’s mind, body and spirit, not just his or her teeth. And certain dentists may offer laser dentistry, while others do not because of the limited application and high cost. Most dentists offer sedation dentistry for more painful procedures and more anxious patients.
No matter what work you need done or when, DexKnows listings for general dentists can connect you with the appropriate provider, including dentists open 24 hours a day — or simply dentists open late — to treat those with different work schedules.
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