What Services Are Provided in General Dentistry?

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If you don’t have a general dentist, you should. These providers can help you and your family with a majority of your oral care needs. Here at Stonebrook Family Dental, Dr. Varley provides general dentistry services – along with cosmetic, restorative, and more – to make sure you’re taken care of no matter your problem.

What is a General Dentist?

A general dentist is like your primary care physician. Your general dentist will be able to diagnose and develop treatment plans for your oral health. Know Your Teeth explains that general dentists make up the majority of 143,000 dentists in the United States and Canada.

General Dentistry Practices 

A general dentist is to your teeth what a primary care physician is to your overall health. A general dentist can treat:

Checkups and cleanings

No matter how healthy you are, you should be having regular checkups and cleanings with your dentist. You aren’t able to see all parts of your mouth on your own, so having a dentist look things over a couple of times a year is a good way to make sure you aren’t missing any problems early on. Dr. Varley will also review your medical history and learn about any current problems you’re having. An overview of a checkup appointment looks like:

  • Learning your medical history
  • Digital X-rays 
  • Cleaning
  • Exam
  • Oral cancer screening
  • Treatment planning 

When your appointment is over, the team will go over what your treatment plan should be moving forward. Dr. Varley will advise you on how to proceed and how to best take care of your teeth at home from this point. 

Fillings

In most cases, when you have a cavity, a filling can be used to restore the tooth. The dentist will remove the decayed part of the tooth where you could be feeling some pain and sensitivity, and fill in the area where the decay was. Additionally, fillings can also help other teeth problems like cracks and wear and tear. 

Dental bridges

Another general dentistry service is dental bridges. Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth and give you a full smile again. A bridge will help restore the natural shape of your face, improve your ability to eat and talk, relieve stress on the bite, and prevent movement of other teeth. Bridges are customized to the patient’s mouth to ensure they work as they should while being comfortable. 

Dental implants

Another way to remedy missing teeth is to use dental implants. Implants are natural looking, sturdy, and won’t budge. A lot of the time implants are stronger than your natural teeth. The procedure involves the dentist placing a titanium post into the jawbone. Benefits of dental implants include it preserves facial structure, prevents further bone loss, and helps with chewing and talking. 

Dentures

For those who are missing teeth, Stonebrook Family Dental offers dentures. Dentures are custom fit to the patient, and they can be taken out. They’re designed to replace multiple missing teeth to help restore full function of the mouth. There are two types of dentures: complete and partial. Complete dentures are used if you’re missing many teeth in a row. Partials are used when a few teeth are missing, but you still have a good amount of your natural teeth. 

Root canals 

Over 41,000 root canals are done in a single a day in the United States. A root canal is an alternative to tooth extraction. This procedure is for when infection or decay have comprised the pulp of a tooth. If there is an infection, oftentimes you will feel sensitivity to hot or cold food and drinks, pain when biting, pressure, or bad taste in mouth. In modern dentistry, having a root canal done doesn’t hurt worse than having a cavity filled.

Other Services

Along with these general practices, Dr. Varley also provides dentistry for the whole family. This includes:

  • Sedation dentistry
  • Extractions 
  • Periodontal treatment 
  • Scaling and root planing
  • Sealants
  • Invisalign
  • Teeth whitening
  • Night guards

We know that younger children can feel anxious about visiting the dentist, but with years of experience in family dentistry, Dr. Varley and the team makes sure that everyone feels comfortable during their appointment at Stonebrook Family Dental. 

Make an Appointment

If you want to become an established patient and officially have a general dentist, request an appointment today with Stonebrook Family Dental. If you are noticing any dental problems in your mouth, we want you to come in as soon as possible. Seeing a dentist regularly can help prevent many dental problems before they arise, saving you time and money in the long run. For more information on general dentistry, call us today: (208)-546-0655. 

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