General dentistry broadly refers to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of common dental conditions. This encompasses a wide range of dental conditions and treatments, including cavity fillings, dental crowns, bridges, gum disease, root canals, and more.
Common General Dentistry Procedures
The first appointment at a new dentist's office is a dental cleaning. During this appointment, the hygienist will clean the teeth to remove any plaque and tartar buildup.
After scaling and polishing the teeth, the hygienist will floss between each tooth to remove any remaining dental debris.
Dental fillings are the most common general dentistry procedure. They are used to repair small cavities and minor tooth fractures.
A dental filling will restore the strength of your tooth and prevent further damage. It will also prevent further decay, infection, and discomfort. Your dental filling will blend in with your natural teeth, so no one will even know that you have a filling.
A dental crown restores a tooth with extensive decay or damage. It is also used to protect a tooth that has a large filling when there isn't enough tooth remaining. The crown covers the remaining tooth above the gum line, strengthening and restoring its shape and function.
A dental bridge is a fixed dental restoration that replaces one or several adjacent teeth that are missing. The dental bridge is composed of two dental crowns and one or more artificial teeth, which bridge the gap in your smile.
A dental bridge can be supported by dental implants or healthy teeth adjacent to the gap. Your dentist in Phoenix, AZ will take the time to discuss your options with you and help you determine which option is best for you.
If your tooth is damaged beyond repair, your dentist may suggest an extraction. Extractions are performed in-office and, in some cases, can be performed under local anesthesia.
Root Canal Therapy
A root canal treatment eliminates infection in the pulp of a tooth. An untreated infection in the pulp of a tooth can lead to severe pain, and if left untreated, the infection may spread to the jawbone. A root canal treatment involves removing the pulp, cleaning and disinfecting the inside of the tooth, and sealing the tooth.
At Biltmore Commons Dental Care, we strive to provide each of our patients with a positive and relaxing experience. If you're ready to experience the best dental care, please contact us at (602) 249-2227 or visit us at 1277 E Missouri Ave Ste 217 Phoenix, AZ 85014.