Everyone has different requirements when looking for a dentist. Some patients are looking to improve their overall oral health, treat an issue, or clean their teeth. Others are looking to improve the appearance of their smile. Read to ﬁnd out the difference between cosmetic and general dentistry and what dental procedure could be right for you.
General dentistry is primary care for your teeth. A general dentist can treat and manage a variety of issues, such as cavities, gum disease, or tooth pain. You can also visit a general dentist regularly (recommended every six months) for checkups and preventative care. Some examples of general dentistry procedures are:
A dental ﬁlling is when a dentist treats a cavity by ﬁlling it with some type of material, such as composite resins. A cavity is decay or damage caused by bacteria resulting from poor dental hygiene or eating foods with a high sugar content, for example. The dentist prepares the tooth by removing the decay before ﬁlling it.
A root canal is a procedure that treats an infected or badly decayed tooth by removing the soft center or “pulp” of the tooth. The pulp consists of nerves, connective tissue, and blood vessels, which is why root canals have a reputation for being somewhat uncomfortable. However, many patients report more discomfort during the period leading up to the procedure than during the procedure itself.
Regular cleanings are a great method of preventative care and are highly recommended by dental professionals. Performed by a dentist or a dental hygienist, this procedure deep cleans by thoroughly removing tartar and plaque that has built up over time. It is recommended to have a dental cleaning done every six months, more if you are especially prone to cavities or gum disease.
Cosmetic dentists focus on the overall appearance of your tooth and gums, but aesthetic improvement can sometimes overlap with addressing other related issues, such as chewing or speech problems. Some examples of popular in-oﬃce cosmetic procedures are veneers, teeth whitening, and dental implants. Read more about them below.
Veneers are a popular method of improving the look and shape of teeth that are damaged or worn down. They consist of thin, custom-made shells made from a material such as porcelain. Your dentist will ﬁt the veneer directly onto your existing tooth with specialized cement and shine a light onto it to harden it. The result is a more even, natural smile.
Teeth whitening is a popular procedure used to whiten teeth that are yellowed or stained from age, illness, or food/drinks like coffee, red wine, and soy sauce. In-oﬃce teeth whitening is often more effective than whitening toothpastes, mouthwashes, and adhesive strips due to a higher concentration of a peroxide-based whitening agent.
Although it’s effective, some patients report increased tooth sensitivity in the days following this procedure.
There are many beneﬁts to dental implants - some that are cosmetic and some that are structural. Dental Implants are made from titanium which eventually fuses to the jawbone. The part that looks like a tooth is called a crown. This is attached to the titanium implant. The result is a beautiful, healthy, and conﬁdent smile.
If you’re interested in a general or cosmetic dental procedure, call a dentist in Rolla today to ﬁnd out more. Contact us to discuss your options with a dental professional and ﬁnd out what’s right for you.
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