General dentistry is preventative care that focuses on keeping a healthy smile. At Georgetown Cosmetic Dentistry, this includes regular teeth cleanings, examinations, and x-rays to catch problems early before they become serious. When a patient’s teeth are clean and healthy, bacteria can’t easily stick to them and cause decay. In addition to preventing cavities, general dentistry can help patients avoid gum disease that can negatively impact their overall health. Generally, general dentistry is essential for keeping your smile healthy and strong!
The goal of general dentistry is to maintain good oral and jaw health. It entails the identification, prevention, and treatment of ailments affecting the mouth, jaw, and face (maxillofacial area). Dr. Roshan, our general and cosmetic dentist at Georgetown Dentistry will utilize resources, tests, radiographs, and clinical expertise to determine whether you have any current or probable diseases or pathologies.
Your appointment with our general dentist involves an evaluation of your teeth to prevent or treat oral diseases such as dental caries and periodontal disease. Some of the common treatments our general dentist offers to maintain or restore your dental health involve treating dental caries using fillings and crowns, the restoration of teeth using bridges or prosthetic (dentures), endodontic (root canal) therapy, periodontal (gum) therapy, exodontia (extraction or surgical removal of teeth which cannot be restored), scaling of teeth to treat periodontal problems. You may also be prescribed antibiotics or sedatives if needed.
When Should I See a General Dentist?
You should make an appointment with a general dentist if you notice any changes to your teeth or gums, including bleeding when you brush, floss, tooth pain when eating or drinking hot or cold beverages, or a bad taste in your mouth won’t go away with regular brushing.
General Dentistry Procedures
If it’s been more than six months since your last checkup, schedule an appointment with a general dentistry provider as soon as possible. Tooth decay is a severe problem that can affect oral health and overall health if not caught and treated early. Cavities can lead to infection of the teeth and the surrounding tissues. Additionally, tooth decay can spread to the roots if left untreated and cause the tooth to become loose. You may need to see a specialist if you have severe tooth decay. Your general dentist can refer you to an endodontic specialist who can perform root canals. Root canals are a standard procedure for treating painful cavities. They can save a tooth from extraction and prevent further damage from occurring. While fillings can help restore the integrity of a tooth, they sometimes cannot repair enough damage to avoid the need for a crown. A dental crown is a type of restoration used to cover the entire surface of one or more teeth. It is typically used when a tooth has been cracked or broken due to trauma. Crowns can also be used with other treatments like veneers or dental implants to provide a more stable and durable solution to tooth decay.
Root Canal Treatment
If a tooth's nerve or the pulp becomes injured or infected as a result of decay, trauma, or substantial fillings, root canal therapy may be required. The procedure involves the removal of the inflamed/infected tissue from the canal inside the tooth's root. The canal is then cleansed and sealed.
Dr. Roshan takes a comprehensive history of all symptoms before prescribing root canal therapy to ensure an appropriate diagnosis and result. The process will be completed in one or two sessions; we utilize cutting-edge methods and equipment to make the procedure more efficient and comfortable. Once the procedure is finished, a dental crown will be put on the top of the tooth to protect it from breaking.
The removal of a tooth from the mouth is known as a dental extraction (sometimes called exodontia). Extractions are done for a number of reasons, including severe dental decay that has damaged enough tooth structure to make the tooth unsalvageable. Besides, extractions of teeth are also performed in order to allow room for orthodontic treatment or in case of impacted or troublesome wisdom teeth.
The Benefits of General Dentistry
The benefits of general dentistry are numerous! Working with a dentist to clean your teeth twice a year, perform an oral exam, and take X-rays allows your dentist to spot any issues early. You can get the proper treatment immediately and not experience any severe discomfort or pain. Your general dentist can answer your questions and help put you at ease.
It is essential to see a general dentist at least once a year for a regular checkup. This will help keep your teeth healthy and clean, so you can maintain a beautiful smile for years to come! Visit Georgetown Cosmetic Dentistry at 2440 M Street, NW, Suite 328, Washington, DC 20037, or call (202) 785-4141 for the best dental care.