In the past, it may have felt that the only reason to visit your dentist was to make sure that you didn’t have any cavities. Today however, advancements in dental technology and technique means that we can offer far more services than what was possible 30 or even 10 years ago. Read on to learn more about today’s dentistry and the services we can offer.
What procedures are considered general dentistry?
There are a number of procedures today that can be considered general dentistry. Here at Buckner Family Dental, we offer a wide range of services performed by our highly skilled and well trained staff. Our equipment is state-of-the-art, and our staff is dedicated to ensuring that you receive the highest quality of care possible. Below are just a few of the general dentistry services that we offer here in our office.
Cleaning and Consultation
Even if you practice excellent oral hygiene, plaque and tartar can still build up on your teeth? This can lead to a host of issues, both dental and medical. The bacteria that feed on and breed in these deposits can not only lead to tooth decay and gum disease, they can put you at a greater risk for various infections, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes as well.
That is why we recommend that you come in for a professional dental cleaning at least twice per year. During these professional cleanings, any plaque and tartar deposits on your teeth and below the gum line will be carefully removed, providing you a defense against cavities, gum disease, and other dental and medical issues. This generally painless procedure is very common and only takes around 30 minutes to complete.
For many decades, cavities were filled using a special amalgam of metal. This often included materials such as silver and mercury. These dental fillings left dark, metallic-gray areas in someone’s mouth that were easily visible when they talked, yawned, or laughed. Today, advancements in dental technology allows us to fill your cavities with a naturally tooth-colored dental composite resin. This means that your fillings will be virtually invisible once they’ve been applied.
Though we use them as often as possible, composite fillings aren’t always the best option. Some things that we take into account when considering whether or not to use composite fillings include:
- The size of the cavity
- The location
- Patient allergies
- Patient preferences
- Cosmetic appearance
Although we here at Buckner Family Dental will make every effort to treat a tooth in order to solve any dental issues, it isn’t always possible for the tooth to be saved. In some cases, a tooth extraction needs to be performed in order to ensure that your overall dental health can remain intact. Some instances when this may occur include teeth that have become extensively damaged or decayed, or teeth affected by very advanced periodontal disease. A non-functioning or poorly positioned tooth may also be recommended for extraction.
No matter what, we are committed to ensuring that you receive the highest level of care that is possible. If you have any questions or concerns about your dental health or the services we provide, contact us today. Our dentist, Jamie Osorio, DDS will be happy to answer any questions that you may have, and looks forward to speaking with you.