General dentistry involves the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of conditions, disorders and diseases affecting the teeth, gums and jaws.
General dentistry covers a wide range of procedures
Complete dental examination and diagnosis: Oral examination is a complete visual inspection of the oral cavity, with any necessary X-rays complete exam will be done under magnification to know the condition of teeth, gums and underlying bone.
General dentistry restorative procedures
Dental Fillings: Dental fillings are used to repair damage to the structure of teeth. Damage can be caused as a result of tooth decay, dental injuries or trauma. The tooth is restored with several filling materials. These include amalgam, dental cements, composite and gold. These fillings restore the function, integrity and morphology of missing tooth structure.
Dental Crowns: Crown is a tooth shaped cap that is placed over the tooth surface, to improve its appearance. Dental crown can repair extensively decayed or damaged teeth. Dental crowns may be of gold metals, silver metals, porcelain or combination of porcelain and metal. The damage to the teeth should be repaired by using crowns. Crowns restore the size of shortened teeth, patient’s bite, to eliminate sensitivity and to improve the aesthetics of the teeth.
Composite Bonding: Here plastic material or resin material which matches the color of the tooth is applied. It is then bonded with tooth using a special kind of light. This comes in different shades, toughness and translucencies that can match the teeth. It is then used to fill cavities, eliminate spots, chips or discolorations.
Dental Bridges (Fixed Bridge): A fixed bridge is an appliance made of porcelain to replace missing teeth in the most natural way. It is used to replace one or more missing teeth, thereby bridging the space between the teeth .Fixed bridges are cemented into place next to the surrounding teeth on either side of the space. Fixed bridges cannot be taken out of the mouth by the patient.
Dentures: Are prosthetic devices constructed to replace missing teeth .These are supported by surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity. They are usually made from an acrylic base, which is fitted with porcelain artificial teeth. Dentures can be complete or partial. Complete dentures cover entire upper and lower jaw. Partial dentures replace one or few teeth.
Gum Disease Treatment: A thorough dental cleaning by a professional dental hygienist with ultrasonic scaling instruments. Follow a regular oral hygiene routine. Use of an antiseptic mouthwash to rinse the mouth. Severe cases may need to undergo gum surgery.
Root Canal Treatment:
Root canal is the space within the root of the tooth. If the pulp layer of the tooth is infected than root canal treatment is needed. Here decayed pulp is removed and the space is filled with a paste, and the tooth is covered with crown. Root canal treatment is needed when the blood supply or nerve supply of the tooth is infected through decay or injury. It is done to prevent the formation of abscess and eventual spreading of the infection to the surrounding tissues.
Conclusion: The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends regular dental visit for at least once every six months to ensure proper oral hygiene and function.