General dentistry is an oral care practice that encompasses a wide array of dental procedures. The main goal of general dentistry is to preserve your natural teeth for as long as possible and to ensure good oral health. Some of the common general dentistry procedures are given below:
Preventive general dentistry procedures:
Preventive general dentistry procedures help in maintaining good oral health by preventing the development of dental ailments. Diagnostic exams are performed to detect the onset of any disease and a professional oral care treatment is provided to combat such diseases in their preliminary stages. Some common preventive general dentistry procedures are:
1. Professional Dental Cleaning
Professional dental cleaning is performed to remove plaque and tartar deposits from both above and below the gumline. It helps in preventing the development of periodontal diseases. You should get your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year for a squeaky clean mouth.
2. Dental Sealants
Brushing your teeth regularly is essential for good oral health. But often the thin bristles of your toothbrush are not able to reach the fine grooves and fissures present on the chewing surfaces of molars. As a result, plaque and food particles lay entrapped in these vulnerable areas. This leads to tooth decay and bacterial infestation. To solve this problem, your dentist will coat the chewing surfaces of your teeth with a dental sealant to seal the vulnerable areas. Dental sealants are fine coats of plastic which act as a physical barrier and protect teeth from bacteria and decay.
3. Fluoride Treatment
Fluoride varnish is painted on the surface of teeth to make them strong and prevent the development of cavities. Fluoride remineralizes the tooth enamel and fights the bacteria that harm teeth and gums.
Restorative general dentistry procedures:
Restorative general dentistry procedures provide integrated administration of oral health ailments and healing of the mouth to a functional and aesthetic state. A general dentist is successfully able to perform all the general dentistry procedures with great precision and care. Some of the common restorative general dentistry procedures are:
1. Dental Implants
Missing teeth not only affect your appearance but also your oral and overall health. They alter your bite pressure and cause the adjacent teeth to move into the spaces left by them, which leads to serious orthodontic issues. Missing teeth also cause a bone recession in the jaw, which alters your physical appearance and makes you look old. Therefore, it becomes essential to replace missing teeth immediately. Dental implants are titanium roots that are surgically placed in the jawbone to mimic the tooth roots. An abutment attaches these false tooth roots to dental restoration like crowns and bridges. Dental implants provide the best solution to replace missing teeth.
Dentures are custom-made dental devices used to replace missing teeth. They consist of artificial teeth attached to a gum-colored base, which can be taken out and put back into your mouth as and when you please. They are fabricated in a dental laboratory using impressions of your mouth.
3. Dental Crowns
A crown restoration is the most common restorative procedure performed by a dentist. A dental crown is a fixed prosthetic dental device used to fix fractured, cracked, discolored, and decayed teeth. It is a tooth-shaped porcelain cap which is permanently cemented to damaged teeth and fully encases the entire tooth structure that is present above the gum line. Dental crowns are custom-made using your mouth's impression and blend in really well with your natural teeth.
Cosmetic general dentistry procedures:
Cosmetic dentistry is a professional oral care treatment that concentrates on enhancing the features of your mouth by improving the appearance of your teeth and smile. It encompasses many techniques that shape, sculpt, and make your teeth and smile look and feel more beautiful.
1. Tooth Whitening
Professional tooth whitening is one of the most sought after cosmetic dentistry procedures. It improves the appearance of your teeth by removing stains and discoloration from their surface. The topical surface of teeth is painted with a whitening gel, rich in oxidizing agents. These oxidizing agents break down the stains and leave the teeth up to two shades lighter.
2. Dental Veneers
Veneers are wafer thin shells of ceramic that are bonded to the front or topical surfaces of teeth to obtain a smile transformation. They are custom-made to suit the individual requirements of each patient and are fabricated from an advanced material that almost mirrors the look and texture of the tooth enamel. Veneers versatility makes them the most trusted cosmetic dentistry procedure. They can fix an array of problems, like:
Those patients looking for a visually pleasing orthodontic solution for crooked teeth should consider Invisalign. Invisalign uses virtually invisible clear aligners to push teeth into their ideal position. These clear aligners help you achieve straight teeth without sporting a smile full of wires and metal brackets. Invisalign provides an aesthetic alternative to traditional braces.
4. Tooth Colored Filings
Tooth-colored fillings are used to fix cracked, chipped, fractured, decayed, mishappen, and discolored teeth. The filling material is placed on the damage and hardened using a curing light. The teeth are then shaped and polished to match the neighboring teeth.
5. Crown Lengthening
A cosmetic concern that many people face is a gummy smile or excessive gingival display. A gummy smile is formed when a large amount of gum tissue is exposed while smiling. Crown lengthening is performed to get rid of a gummy smile. Lasers are used to remove the extra gum tissue while exposing as much crown as possible.As a result, you get lengthier crowns, which are aesthetically appealing.
We at Doan Dental use state of the art technology to systematically restore the damage and enhance your smile. With a custom treatment plan, your smile will look more youthful, lustrous and radiate health and beauty. Dr. Trung Doan has 13 years of experience under his belt and has his dedicated team to treat multiple dental issues with full-mouth reconstruction and cosmetic dentistry. Doan Dental transforms the smiles of patients living at Rancho Santa Margarita and Orange in California. Book an appointment with us at (949)713-6720 or (714) 634-8111 or visit us at 26111 Antonio Pkwy #200, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688 or at 1409 W Chapman Ave #B, Orange, CA 92868.