General dentistry techniques are simply those that do not require an involvement of a dental specialist. Your everyday family dentist is able to perform these procedures to protect your oral health and treat any conditions that may arise. Let's take a look at some common procedures that fall under the umbrella of general dentistry so that you can be prepared if you should ever need one.
Treatments that do not fall under general dentistry can be referred out to specialists. However, at Aesthetic Dentistry of Rockland County, we are able to provide most of the dental care that you and your family would ever need in one convenient location.
Oral cancer is a serious disease that can even prove fatal when left untreated. The good news is that it is treatable when detected early. This is why it is so important to undergo an oral cancer screening periodically. We can also detect signs and symptoms of oral cancer at your regular dental appointments.
The goal of your dentist is to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. We want you to keep your natural teeth for as long as possible and avoid painful and expensive procedures that can be avoided with proper oral hygiene at home and regular dental cleanings at our office.
A great number of bacteria are found in even clean mouths. Most of them are completely harmless. However, some of them will feed upon the sugars that enter the mouth when you eat or drink. They form a sticky film called plaque that adheres to your teeth and produce acids that eat away at the tooth enamel. Eventually, this can create a hole called a cavity in your tooth. If the situation progresses further, infection can reach the soft pulp of your tooth and destroy it.
Other than brushing and flossing at home, the best way that you can prevent tooth decay is by keeping up with your regular dental cleanings. This is when your dental hygienist will clean your teeth by scraping away any plaque or tartar found on them. They will also polish your teeth to give them that healthy shine.
Most dental cleanings are fairly routine. But sometimes more involved gum treatment may be needed should we spot any problem, which may require a follow-up appointment.
Be sure to keep up with your regular dental cleanings so that we can help prevent the development of tooth decay and expensive, complicated dental procedures down the road. And don't forget to maintain your regular oral hygiene habits at home. Brush and floss your teeth several times a day, and after every meal and snack if possible.
If we have detected signs of tooth decay in a previous dental visit, we may need to place a dental filling. We begin by administering local anesthesia. This will ensure that your tooth is completely numb throughout the procedure. We then drill away all tooth decay and clean any debris that we find. The space that is left is then filled with a special filling material to protect your tooth and prevent further damage.
Are your teeth stained or discolored? It is very common for adults, and some young people, to develop discolored teeth through the consumption of dark-colored drinks like red wine, coffee and tea. Smokers also commonly report that their teeth become stained over time.
Teeth whitening is a very popular treatment that can brighten your teeth several shades in only one convenient treatment. Of course, there are also teeth whitening kits and strips available at places like your local pharmacy or online. However, many people are dissatisfied with the results of these treatments due to the weak strength of the included whitening gel.
Our whitening gel is of a high concentration that allows for a dramatic improvement in the brightness of your teeth and smile. We also have the ability to whiten both the inner and outer parts of the tooth, unlike at-home whitening treatments.
Have you been putting off your dental appointments recently? Keeping up with your regular appointments gives us an opportunity to examine you and detect any potential problems in their early stages before they become more serious and costly down the road.
Please contact Aesthetic Dentistry of Rockland County today to book your next appointment.
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