General Dentistry at Ideal Dental
General dentistry is the evaluation, prevention, treatment (surgical, nonsurgical, and related procedures) and diagnosis of disorders, conditions and diseases of the maxillofacial, oral cavity and adjacent structures and their effects on the human body.
General dentists are a primary dental care provider. This professional is responsible for diagnosing, treating and managing the overall health of your teeth, gums, root canals, crowns, fillings, bridges, veneers as well preventative education.
What are the qualifications of a general dentist?
A practicing general dentist has earned a DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) or a DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery). There is no difference with regards to which degree is awarded as the curriculum requirements are the same in both cases. Some schools award one and some schools award the other. To become a general dentist, you must complete 3 or more years of an undergraduate degree. After this, you must complete 4 years in dental school. To become a dental specialist, additional post-graduate education and training are required.
What does a general dentist do?
A general dentist is your first line of defense and the person who is seen most often. They are responsible for helping you with the overall care of your gums and teeth. It is recommended that you visit a general dentist at least twice per year. This way, the dentist will be able to monitor the health of your gums and teeth. If any problems are discovered, a general dentist will help to evaluate the treatment needed and provide that treatment or direct you to a specialist who can.
What are some specific tasks that a general dentist performs?
A general dentist will do the following:
- Evaluate the health of your gums and teeth. This is done via a visual inspection and through tests.
- Teeth X-rays are performed to spot abnormalities that occur on the gums and teeth.
- Perform routine procedures such as if a cavity is detected, he or she can fix it.
- Perform complex procedures such as if a cavity has deepened, they will carry out a more extensive procedure such as a root canal or crown to fix it.
- Cleaning: This is an important task that the dentist performs. Cleaning helps to get rid of the bacteria that accumulate around the gums, despite regular flossing and brushing. After the cleaning, the dentist may apply a fluoride treatment to protect your teeth.
When might you require dental work from a specialist?
A general dentist is fully aware of his or her limitations. After evaluating a patient’s condition, they will be able to suggest what type of extensive work is further required. In such cases, the patient will be referred to ab appropriate specialist. Most often the dentist will refer the patient to a colleague who is a specialist. The dentist’s front office can also help you in scheduling a referral appointment. General dentistry is an important and necessary service for people who want to maintain the health of their teeth and gums. Visit us to know more about general dentistry and how we can help you have maintain your oral well-being.