General dentistry is a branch of dentistry focusing on prevention, routine care, and education to keep teeth healthy and strong for a lifetime. General dentists are the first defense against cavities and gum disease and keep patients comfortable and well-informed during treatment. General dentists are trained in various procedures and treatments to maintain oral health and prevent further damage with restorative and preventative practices.
This includes the application of fluoride to the surface of the teeth to prevent decay and the development of cavities, the removal of plaque and food debris from the teeth to prevent the development of gingivitis, and restoring teeth affected by decay, disease, or injuries.
One of the most common procedures our general dentists at Allegra Dental Center: Nana Dickson, DDS, and Morgan Floyd, DMD, perform is filling cavities caused by tooth decay. When a patient comes in with a cavity, the tooth is prepared by removing any present decay and reshaping the affected parts of the tooth to promote proper bonding of the resin material. Then, the tooth is filled with a special material that restores its shape and strength.
Patients should see our general dentists for regular examinations and cleanings every six months. These visits allow the dentist to detect and treat minor issues before they become major concerns. During these visits, the dentist can screen the patient for oral cancer while also providing personalized advice for improving at-home oral hygiene habits.
Common Dental Procedures Performed by General Dentists
- Dental cleanings
- Teeth whitening
- Crowns and caps
- Root canals
- Implant placement and restoration
- Gum disease treatment
- Sleep apnea treatment
The Benefits of General Dentistry
General dentistry can help you achieve a beautiful smile which will add to your confidence. In addition, general dental care can also improve oral health, which is essential for your overall well-being and health. For example, missing teeth can cause difficulty speaking and eating. A bridge or implant may be recommended to help restore your smile and improve your quality of life. Additionally, if your teeth are affected by decay, our dentist may recommend fillings or other treatments to protect your teeth from damage.
Improved Oral Health
When a patient has a cavity, that patient needs to get that tooth restored as soon as possible to prevent further damage. By having the dentist place a tooth-colored filling, the patient can preserve their teeth and maintain their smile’s appearance. In addition, by receiving regular checkups and cleanings, patients can prevent infection and other serious complications. For example, if plaque is regularly removed through professional cleanings, the risk of tooth decay and gum disease developing is reduced significantly.
If you are due for a cleaning or exam or need preventive care, visit Allegra Dental Center: Nana Dickson, DDS, and Morgan Floyd, DMD, at 3040 Williams Dr #201, Fairfax, VA 22031, or call (571) 419-6897 to schedule an appointment. Regular visits to the dentist can help you maintain the health of your teeth and gums, and they can help keep your smile looking beautiful for years to come.