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Dentistry is defined as the evaluation, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases related to the oral health of a person. The most common field of dentistry known to everyone is referred to as General Dentistry.
What is General Dentistry?
General dentistry is the front line of dental treatment. General dentistry focuses on the overall health and maintenance of your teeth, gums, jaw, and face (maxillofacial area). The main goal of this area of dentistry is cleaning and maintaining optimal dental and oral health, and early diagnosis and treatment of dental conditions, disorders, and diseases.
Part of a general dentist’s responsibility is also to teach patients how to properly care for and maintain healthy teeth and gums in between regular dental check-ups. Both good oral hygiene habits and regular check-ups with Dr. Ben are important to to ensure teeth last a lifetime.
Who is a General Dentist?
Instead of specializing in one particular area of dentistry, a general dentist is licensed to practice in all areas of dentistry – orthodontics, endodontics (root canals), pediatrics e.t.c. Many general dentists are also called “family” dentists because they care for the teeth and mouths of all family members.
While they are educated and skilled in the many procedures and techniques required of a general dentist, they do not have the extra training that dental specialists undergo to become a specialized care provider. Many general dentists however, do take extra courses and training to enhance their skills and the range of services they can offer their patients. Such additional courses and training may include how to administer intravenous sedation, clear braces or use of lasers.
A good general dentist will know what he is best skilled at, and when he needs to refer out to a specialist for more complete and complex care.
General Dentistry Procedures at Dr. Kacos Shreveport LA Practice
Treatment of any kind always involves an evaluation to determine the extent of the dental issues before developing a full treatment plan. Evaluation and treatment will usually include visual examination of the intra-oral structures and diagnostic imaging ( X-rays).
As your general and family dentist, Dr. Ben can provide:
Fillings – Fillings are used to fill in gaps between or inside the teeth where decay has been drilled out. Amalgam (silver) fillings are usually recommended for molars while composite (white) fillings are usually used in teeth along the smile line.
Crowns – Crowns are artificial teeth used to “cap” damaged or broken teeth. Crowns are often permanent and look natural with modern use of porcelain material and etching techniques.
Bridge – Bridges are also artificial teeth which can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. A bridge may be suspended between two teeth, a single tooth (usually for single crown bridges only), or more commonly supported by an implant.
Root Canal Treatment – This is treatment is usually necessary when the pulp chamber has become infected by tooth decay. The decayed material will be cleaned out, the infected root removed, the canal filled, and the crown repaired or replaced.
Dentures – Dentures are a set of removable, artificial teeth, used to replace multiple missing teeth. Conventional dentures which sit on top of the gum are still available, but more and more patients are opting for implant-supported dentures which provide better stability and function than conventional dentures.
Dental cleaning – Cleanings are usually performed by a hygienist. For those with advanced periodontal disease, Dr. Ben may do a deeper, more detailed cleaning below the gumline. The goal is to remove plaque, tartar and food particles from around and in between teeth, and pockets of space that may have developed between the gum and the tooth.
Bonding – Bonding is a tooth-colored resin used to improve the appearance of a discolored or chipped tooth. It can be used to close gaps between teeth, make teeth look longer, change tooth color, or protect a tooth root that has been exposed due to gum recession.
Dr. Ben provides a multidisciplinary approach to family dentistry. He is skilled and well trained in all of the above treatments and more. Trust Dr. Ben for your family’s complete dental care. Call us today at (318) 869-2593 to book your appointment.