General dentistry diagnoses, treats, and prevents issues affecting your teeth and gums. Specifically, it involves oral exams and teeth cleanings as well as preventive screening measures like oral X-rays to detect potentially serious problems early, when they’re easiest to treat.
At Gables Family Dental, the team offers a variety of general dentistry services, including:
An oral exam involves your dentist assessing the health of your teeth, gums, and tongue. To conduct an exam, your provider uses special tools, including a bright light and a small handheld mirror.
Oral X-rays use electronic sensors to capture photos of your jaw, tooth roots, and alveolar bone. The team at Gables Family Dental uses oral X-rays to detect potentially serious issues invisible to the naked eye. They also use X-rays to guide the placement of dental implants.
Teeth cleaning involves your Gables Family Dental provider removing plaque and tartar from your teeth and beneath your gums. Afterward, they polish and floss your teeth and provide at-home care instructions.
Fluoride helps strengthen your tooth enamel. It’s a mineral found in many foods and beverages. If you have a history of tooth decay, your provider might recommend fluoride treatment to minimize the risk of issues in the future.
Some children experience frequent cavities. If your child is one of them, the team might recommend sealants. Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings applied to the tops and sides of your child’s teeth. They prevent the buildup of harmful bacteria, preserving their enamel.
Restorative dentistry uses oral prosthetics and bonding to repair damage to your teeth. Gables Family Dental offers several types of restorations, including crowns, bridges, dental implants, and dentures.
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that uses special appliances to align your teeth and jaw. At Gables Family Dental, the team offers orthodontic treatment with Invisalign® clear aligners.
Oral surgery uses special tools and anesthesia to address complex dental problems. You might benefit from surgery if you experience a blow to the mouth or need an extraction.
The team at Gables Family Dental recommends you visit a general dentist every six months. It’s important to follow these guidelines even if your teeth and gums appear healthy. Potentially serious issues can be difficult to detect. Routine visits to Gables Family Dental can provide peace of mind.
To learn more about general dentistry, make an appointment at Gables Family Dental by calling the nearest office today or scheduling online.