General dentistry helps to prevent, evaluate, diagnose, and treat diseases of the oral cavity, as well as maintain the function and appearance of the teeth. Unlike a specialist, general dentist provides services that provide preventive treatments, restorative treatments and overall dental health concerns.
Preventive treatments : This treatments are done to prevent teeth from any periodic gum problems. This is a periodic maintenance procedure where your dentist will let you know how often you should visit your dentist for the next maintenance. It is same like your vehicle which needs maintenance at every specific period of time, so that the vehicle don’t get broken down. Similarly if you don’t maintain your tooth you may face problems after long period of time where you may loose teeths, or have gum problems. These treatment helps you to maintain better dental/oral health by stopping disease before it gets hold in your teeth. Regular exams (including x-rays) and professional teeth cleanings are important for prevention. And as we all know “Prevention is better than cure.”
Restorative treatments : This treatments are performed when a dentist finds out any teeth or gum problem in the individual. Restorative procedures are always performed to teeth which are in a treatable situation. If the gum problem or teeth problem have been spread and you do not realise it until it starts paining or showing some signals you won’t be able to retreat if those become untreatable. Restoration includes teeth filling, root canals, crowns, bridges, etc. where you have a chance to restore teeth instead of removing the whole tooth and replacing new one.
Overall health concern : If you care about your health than never neglect your dental health as dental health is also linked to the overall health of your body. Regular dental check up visits will make sure you are not suffering from any health issues such as bad breath, check on bad habits such as smoking or tobacco etc. which may lead to cancer and also while checking your oral health a dentist can detect any other problems and recommend you specialist accordingly. Bad oral health may also lead to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory infections and health issues.
A general dentist is like a general doctor you visit when you are suffering from fever or cough or any other small infection. Similarly for regular checkups and routine oral health issues you go to the general dentist.
A General dentist deals with various types of service which include the following
- Dental Bridge
- Dental Crowns
- Inlays And Onlays
- Periodontal Maintenance
- Root Canals
- Retreat Root Canals
- Teeth Filling
- Teeth Cleaning
- Teeth X-Rays/Exam
Dental Crowns : A crown is used to entirely cover a damaged tooth which acts like a cap for the tooth or teeth. Besides giving strength to a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improvise person’s teeth appearance, shape or alignment. A crown can be placed onto the top of the implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure for daily functionality of the teeth’s. Porcelain or ceramic crowns can be used to match the color of your natural teeth. Although other materials can be used which includes gold and metal alloys, acrylics and ceramics. The alloys used are generally stronger than porcelain and may also be suggested for back teeth. Porcelain joined strongly to a metal shell is majority of the times used because it is both strong and attractive. To know more about the procedure/treatment please head on to our Dental crown procedure page.
Inlays and Onlays : Getting an inlay or onlay is much similar to what you would experience while having a crown placed on your tooth or teeth, with one important distinctive difference which is “less of your natural tooth structure will be replaced by drilling when you receive an inlay or onlay”. As the dentistry's main moto is to save as much of your natural tooth structure as possible, inlays and onlays may be more recommended instead of having crowns, by which a tooth can be restored with this kind of conservative type of treatment. To know more about the procedure/treatment please head on to our Inlays and onlays page.
Periodontal Maintenance : Periodontal maintenance is considered as a basic service provided by the general dentist. Periodontal maintenance is usually performed twice a year, but depending on other factors such as: how rapidly the plaque and tartar accumulate, how much bleeding or inflammation is present, how stable the current condition is, how well you are able to maintain your teeth at home on a daily basis, and any health risk factors you may have. To know more about the procedure/treatment please head on to our periodontal maintenance page.
Root Canal : Usually, root canals are suggested or needed when there is an infection which is deep within the tooth. The pulp yes you read it right the pulp which is inside the tooth can become infected with bacteria because of an injury or because of a severe untreated cavity which will at the end result into lose of the tooth or teeth. Without treatment, the infection can become severe enough that the tooth has to be removed. To know more about the procedure/treatment please head on to our root canal page.
Re-treat Root Canal : Most of the time, root canal treatment is permanent and offers relief in tooth pain and halting infection of the soft tissues deep inside the teeth and gums. But sometimes, as in any medical treatment, the tooth/teeth may not heal as we expect it to. After a period of time, a person may experience pain in the treated and affected tooth again, or even if you have no symptoms, while you are having periodic check up visit may reveal that infection is still present near the tooth's roots. In such cases, you may need re-root canal retreatment. To know more about the procedure/treatment please head on to our Retreat root canal page.
Teeth Filling : Teeth filling is a procedure to restore a damaged tooth decay back to its normal function and shape. When a dentist treats you with a teeth filling procedure, he or she will first remove the decayed tooth material, clean the affected area, and then fills the cleaned out cavity with a filling material.
By filling up spaces where bacteria can enter, a filling will also help to prevent further decay. Materials used for fillings includes gold, porcelain, a composite tooth-colored fillings, and an amalgam made up of an alloy of mercury, silver, copper, tin and sometimes zinc. To know more about the procedure/treatment please head on to our Teeth filling page.
Teeth Cleaning : Teeth cleaning is part of oral hygiene which includes removal of plaque and tartar from teeth with the intention of preventing cavities, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. All of us routinely clean our own teeth by brushing and flossing, but still you won’t be able to clean your teeth’s completely, wherein the dental hygienists can remove hardened tartar which you are unable to remove by routine cleaning. Depending on how fast plaque or tartar regenerates on your teeth the dentist will recommend the next visit. To know more about the procedure/treatment please head on to our Teeth cleaning page.
Teeth/Dental X-rays : X-rays, which are also known as radiographic images, are an essential part of dental care treatment plan. They are used to diagnose, and they can also be preventative process, by helping a dentist diagnose periodontal oral issues in a patient’s mouth before they become a bigger problem. Dental X-ray are safe; however, it do require to pass very low levels of radiation, which makes the risk of potential exposure harmful effects very small. Dental X-ray tools are designed to limit the body exposure to radiations and every precaution is taken care to ensure that radiation exposure is As Low As Reasonable Achievable (the ALARA principle). To know more about the dental X-rays please visit here.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that a person should visit a dentist regularly at least twice every year to ensure proper oral hygiene and functionality. Regular dental checkups and oral health maintenance prevent the development of serious oral/dental problems that can require costly treatment.
At North Vegas Dental, Dr. Maurice Vargas, DDS will provide each patient with a plan of treatment depending on the results of his/her routine check. Your treatment plan is a track map to your dental health. It consists of any details of treatments required and the fees involved. All of the pricing in and out of general dentistry is transparent and honest. We take every effort to accommodate our patients and to meet their needs efficiently ethically and proficiently.
To book an appointment and to know more about treatments available and price lists please contact us or call us on 702-649-6644.