General Dentistry is the area of dentistry you are most likely to be familiar with. If you have undergone a scale and polish, a filling or have had dentures fitted then this all falls into the category of general dentistry.
A general dentist is someone who is concerned with the care and maintenance of your teeth. He or she will place on emphasis on preventative care as well as undertaking ‘restorative treatments’.
This preventative approach includes 6 monthly check ups and dental cleaning.
Many general dentists are also able to undertake cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry is a branch of dentistry which is concerned with improving the appearance of your teeth, and your smile. It is usually carried out for reasons of personal enhancement as compared to a medical ‘need’.
It is an ‘elective’ treatment in that it is something you choose to do rather than an essential requirement.
If you want to know more then visit our cosmetic dentistry section.
So, what does general dentistry cover? How does it differ to cosmetic dentistry? What treatments are available? How do I find an NHS dentist? These are a just a few of the many questions patients have regarding general dentistry.
What is a ‘general dentist?’
A ‘general dentist’ is a qualified practitioner who is responsible for the management and treatment of everyday dental problems such as fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures and root canal surgery. He or she is your first port of call for any issues relating to your teeth.
A general dentist will also provide preventative care such as dental cleaning (the familiar ‘scale and polish’), teeth whitening and the correct way to brush and floss the teeth.
Your general dentist is your first port of call for any dental issues you may have. If you are interested in cosmetic dentistry such as dental veneers then you may find that he/she is qualified to carry out this treatment. There are general dentists who are trained in specialist procedures such as these.
If you require a brace or shows signs of a gum disease such as gingivitis then you may require the services of a specialist dentist. This could mean visiting an orthodontist – if you require a brace or a periodontist for treatment of your gum disease.