What Is General Dentistry?
Your general dentist is your primary dental care provider. We focus on solving your existing issues and preventing future problems. We also offer a full slate of other services to take the best possible care of you. We value our relationships with our patients and take pride in delivering compassionate care in a warm and friendly environment.
Benefits of General Dentistry
General dentistry is an essential healthcare service with many benefits:
- Checking for signs of oral cancer and other diseases
- Improving overall health and reducing the chance of developing severe conditions like diabetes, stroke, and heart disease
- Preventing future dental decay
- Preventing and treating gum disease and how to prevent it from recurring in the future
- Finding cavities and other problems early using the most advanced diagnostic equipment
- Reinforcing healthy home care habits and providing instruction and inspiration on brushing and flossing
We perform comprehensive oral exams, checking a patient's mouth, neck, and head for abnormalities. We evaluate ongoing dental issues and check for emerging problems. We work closely with local ENTs and oncologists.
Home Care Instruction
Dental decay and gum disease are bacterial infections. If patients keep their teeth clean, there will be no cavities or gum disease. We inspire our patients to brush and floss at least twice daily and use a Waterpik more frequently to reduce plaque and calculus build-up.
Patients must see their general dentist at least twice a year for a dental cleaning. Cleanings remove built-up plaque and tartar which are bacterial masses, helping to combat gum disease and preventing further damage due to tooth decay. If a patient has gum disease, they may need more frequent visits including scaling and root planing.
Dental sealant is the same materials used for fillings that is then put into the crevices to prevent cavities from forming. It fills the crevices so that bacteria cannot form a cavity.
Patients of all ages receive fluoride treatments to protect their teeth from decay. Fluoride helps to harden tooth enamel. Adults benefit from fluoride as much as children.
Fine Dental Care uses the latest digital technology to evaluate and diagnose dental issues.
The CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography) scanner lets dentists dive in and pinpoint problems before they become severe and understand the patient's oral health with less radiation and more comfort than conventional X-Rays of the mouth. CBCT scanners can also help to plan comfortable, safe and accurate implant surgeries.
Digital X-rays provide more detail than film and plate X-rays and use less radiation. With no development time, it is easy for dentists to share X-ray information with their patients and thoroughly explain what needs to happen to preserve their oral health.
Fine Dental Care extracts problem teeth, relieving pain and making room for restorations like implants and bridges. We provide comfortable tooth extractions with little, if any, pain or discomfort.
Wisdom teeth are the third permanent molars. It is best to determine the status of wisdom teeth in the mid-teens when removing them is more comfortable and less likely to cause pain, swelling, and inflammation in the future.
Frequently Asked Questions
Brush and floss your teeth at least twice daily. Fluoride toothpaste is ideal, and if needed, you can receive prescription-strength fluoride toothpaste to stop emerging cavities. Brush your teeth for two minutes.
Floss at least twice daily, making sure to go all the way down between the teeth to remove stubborn plaque and food particles. Once you have developed a healthy flossing habit, it becomes easy to do and takes less than two minutes to save your teeth.
Consider using an electric toothbrush for better plaque removal if conventional brushing is problematic. Brushing your teeth is vital, but brushing your gums and tongue can help remove additional bacterial plaque from your mouth.