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What is General Dentistry?

January 31, 2017
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Posted By: Dr. Sreemali Vasantha
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General dentistry is a term you may have seen a lot of lately if you're looking for a new dentist. General dentistry can refer a wide array of services that are fairly common, and many dental offices provide. Dental practices often provide treatments that go beyond general dentistry, but you can expect to see some normal procedures available. 

What General Dentistry Encompasses

  • Cleanings: Those regular visits to the dentist for an exam and cleaning are considered a general procedure, and they are very important! Even if you keep up with your at-home dental care, you simply can't keep your teeth completely healthy without normal cleanings. 
  • Fillings: Cavities are one of the most common concerns in a dental office. Cavities, if they are caught early enough, can be treated with fillings. Many offices today offer tooth-colored fillings, which are made from a composite material, and provide a durable and aesthetically pleasing end result. 
  • Root canals: Root canal treatments are needed when a tooth has become severely decayed or damaged. While this is another common procedure, it is more in-depth and time-consuming than a regular filling, as the pulp tissue inside of the affected tooth needs to be removed completely. 
  • Extractions:  When a tooth becomes too damaged to fill or treat with a root canal, it may need to be extracted. In any dental office, an extraction should be the last course of action, and your dentist will always try to save your tooth if possible. Dental extractions as a treatment are often offered with replacement options as well. 

Your general care dentist should be similar to your general care doctor- you want an office where you can receive your normal care for dental health, and a dentist that you feel comfortable with for all of these normal procedures and treatments that you might need at some point. Many dentists offer general care, as well as some specialty treatments like cosmetic dentistry or dental implants, allowing for patients to get all of their dental needs addressed at one location. 

General Dentistry in Concord NH

Contact our office today with any questions, or if you're in search of a new general dentist for you and your family. We look forward to working with you!

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