What is General Dentistry?
General dentistry is the cornerstone of good oral and physical health. It involves the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of various dental conditions. It also involves the maintenance of patients’ overall oral health. This comprehensive care is usually the only source of care patients require for their dental needs. There are several different dental specialties, but general dentistry encompasses the basics of these specialties. It starts with a visual and radiographic examination of the teeth.
Teeth are strong and durable structures that endure massive amounts of pressure each day. It is important to protect them and keep them strong through daily brushing and flossing. Everyone should get regular professional care from a licensed and experienced general dentist.
Why is General Dentistry So Important?
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is an infection of the bone and tissue that support your teeth. It is the major cause of tooth loss in adults. Periodontal disease is usually painless and you may not know you have it. Periodontal disease is caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth. Warning signs that can indicate periodontal disease:
- Bleeding gums
- Red, swollen, tender gums
- Gum tissue recession
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste
- Teeth that are loose or moving
- Any change in your bite
Risk Factors For Developing Periodontal Disease
Factors that increase the risk of developing gum disease include the following:
- Poor home care Smoking or chewing tobacco
- Crooked teeth that are hard to keep clean
- Dry mouth
- Medications, including steroids, certain types of anti-epilepsy drugs, cancer therapy drugs, some calcium channel blockers, and oral contraceptives
Creating Your Customized Dental Hygiene Plan
Your Melbourne, Florida dentist, Dr. Clark Brown, will work with you to create a customized dental hygiene plan which includes dental examination, tooth cleaning, X-ray, tooth scaling (if needed), and use of other diagnostic equipment to prevent, discover or treat problems as early as possible.
Our doctors incorporate a variety of restorative procedures in the development of a comprehensive dental treatment plan that will assist prevention of tooth decay or disease of the teeth, mouth, gums, and tongue. We also use restorative dentistry procedures to repair the effects of tooth decay, trauma, defects, or diseases in these areas of the mouth.
General Dentistry Services
At Implant Dentistry of Florida, we offer a variety of dental services. These include:
- Teeth Cleanings (prophylaxis)
- Composite restorations (white fillings)
- Crowns and fixed bridges
- Dentures and partial dentures
- Root canal therapy
- Night guards and sports guards
- Dental implants
- Laser Dentistry
- CEREC 3-D
Crowns & Bridges
Dentures & Partial Dentures
Root Canal Therapy
Our doctors perform tooth extractions if there is a disease, overcrowding, or trauma. We also may remove your tooth in preparation for braces, or if they are your wisdom teeth.
Why should wisdom teeth be removed?
Many times, there is not enough room in your mouth to accommodate the proper positioning of wisdom teeth. These teeth are usually tipped forward. As the forn, they can push on the teeth in front of them. This can cause crowding of the lower front teeth. More drastically, they can lead to decay on the second molars which can result in the loss of not only the wisdom tooth, but the second molar as well. A simple radiograph can determine if the wisdom teeth can cause future problems. If so, it should be removed early.