You may hear your dentist talking about general dentistry when describing different services to you. Don’t feel embarrassed if you are unsure what that phrase entails. Here is Westmoreland’s guide to general dentistry services and what they mean.
What Is General Dentistry?
General dentistry is the category name for simple and routine dental services. Your dentist uses general dentistry to care for and maintain your ongoing oral health. At Westmoreland Dental, we offer a variety of general dental services. Here is a brief preview of some of our services and what each service includes.
Basic Oral Surgery
When people hear the term surgery, we automatically think of the most intense procedures in the medical realm. In dentistry, surgery can cover a variety of things. Some basic oral surgeries are teeth extraction, repositioning of teeth, tooth transplant, oral abscesses, tooth impaction, simple repairs, and necessary oral wiring.
The purpose of a filling is to repair your teeth. It can be used for cavity treatment, broken teeth, or a cracked tooth repair. This is a prevalent and straightforward service done for both children and adults. Fillings are done with various materials, including gold, porcelain, amalgam, or tooth-colored resin. Chat with our office to figure out the best option for you.
A crown is mainly another covering for a damaged tooth. You might need a crown if you have weakened, cracked, or severely worn down teeth. This is because your teeth need more protection. In addition, crowns follow a root canal to keep your tooth from infection. For a more in-depth description of our crown procedure, check out our crown blog here.
Partial is a term used in relation to partial dentures. According to Colgate, partial dentures make up for missing teeth. A metal framework attaches to your natural teeth on either side of the false tooth, creating a retainer type feeling.
A dental bridge is another option for those missing teeth. The difference between a partial and a bridge is that a bridge is permanent. A bridge contains one or more false teeth that permanently fixate to the natural teeth on either side.
For more in-depth information on our general dentistry services and the other things we offer, visit us online here. At Westmoreland Dental, we want our patients to feel comfortable. If you are nervous about a procedure, ask us about our sedation dentistry option. In addition to our services, we also offer various treatment plans to meet your individual needs. If you would like to schedule an appointment, you can find us online or call us at (423) 282-2844 today!