A general dentist is an oral health specialist who provides preventative care and patient education services for all ages and backgrounds. Many patients don’t realize that a general dentist is qualified to offer various treatments beyond simple cleanings and exams. Patients should visit a general dentist at least twice a year to receive professional teeth cleaning and an oral exam to detect any conditions that may be affecting their oral health or smile aesthetics.
At Cornerstone Dental of Rexburg, Dr. Crofoot is highly trained in treating and managing all stages of dental health, from common oral concerns such as cavities and tooth decay to more severe problems such as periodontal disease and advanced tooth loss.
Some General Dentistry Procedures
Dental Examinations and Cleanings
A general dentist performs routine dental examinations to assess oral health, identify dental issues, and recommend appropriate treatments. Regular dental cleanings, also known as prophylaxis, remove plaque, tartar, and stains from the teeth, promoting oral hygiene and preventing tooth decay and gum disease.
A general dentist can perform tooth extractions for severely decayed, damaged, or impacted teeth. They may also remove wisdom teeth that are causing problems or pose a risk to oral health.
Dental Crowns and Bridges
A general dentist may place dental crowns, or caps, to restore and protect severely damaged or weakened teeth. Crowns cover the entire visible portion of a tooth above the gum line, providing strength and aesthetics. Bridges, on the other hand, replace one or more missing teeth by bridging the gap between the remaining teeth.
Treatment of Gum Diseases
A general dentist can diagnose and treat gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis. They perform scaling and root planing to remove plaque and tartar from the gum line and root surfaces and may prescribe medication or recommend additional treatments to manage gum disease.
The Benefits of General Dentistry
Prevention and Early Detection of Dental Problems
Regular visits to a general dentist for checkups and cleanings allow for the early detection and prevention of dental issues. Dr. Crofoot can detect dental problems in their early stages, such as tooth decay, gum disease, and oral infections. More extensive and costly treatments can often be avoided by addressing these issues early on.
Oral Health Maintenance
General dentistry focuses on maintaining good oral health through preventive measures. Dr. Crofoot provides professional dental cleanings to remove plaque, tartar, and stains from the teeth. He also offers oral hygiene instructions and guidance on brushing, flossing, and other home care techniques to help patients maintain optimal oral hygiene.
Regular visits to a general dentist are essential for maintaining good oral health, preventing dental problems, and addressing any concerns or issues related to the teeth and gums. If you want to learn more about general dentistry and how it can help you and your family maintain excellent oral health, visit Cornerstone Dental of Rexburg at 44 S Center St, Suite B, Rexburg, ID 83440 or call (208) 656-3008.