General dentistry covers a wide range of procedures and treatments. This includes the initial patient consultation and diagnostics such as x-rays, CAT scans and wax moulds for replacement teeth. Your Dentist will use a variety of methods such x-rays, OPGs etc to determine the best course of treatment specifically for you. General Dentistry treatments include the following:
- Fillings: Teeth can be filled with a variety of materials which include gold, amalgam, porcelain and composite resin.
- Crowns: These are artificial teeth or caps, which can be fitted over broken or damaged teeth. These will maintain their structure and protect the underlying teeth from further damage.
- Bridge: This is a structure which contains an artificial tooth which is anchored to a couple of crowns. These crowns fit over the natural teeth on either side of a gap which help to secure the false tooth in place and so ensure a natural looking appearance.
- Root Canal Treatment: This procedure is carried out when the pulp within a tooth becomes infected. This procedure can be performed by a general or specialist dentist.
- Dentures: These are basically a set of false teeth. If you have quite a few teeth missing, as a result of an accident or disease then dentures can help. They are removable false teeth which look and behave in much the same way as natural teeth.
- Dental Hygiene: This can take the form of a ‘scale & polish’ or advice on brushing and flossing.
- Bonding: This is the name given to the procedure in which a type of resin is used as a ‘glue’ to stick a material, such as a veneer to a tooth. Often used to treat stained or damaged teeth.
- Oral & Maxillofacial Treatments: This is the technical term used to describe procedures for the mouth, face and jaw. This includes dental implants and treatment for temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ).
The above are the most common treatments and procedures offered by General Dentistry. As well as the above we also carry out a range of Cosmetic Dental procedures such as Teeth Whitening and Veneers, for more information on Cosmetic Dentistry please visit our Cosmetic Dentistry page.