General dentistry incorporates multiple services and procedures to assist you in preserving your natural teeth for as long as possible and ensures excellent oral health for a lifetime. Good oral health ensures overall general health. In fact, poor general health is closely linked to oral infections and gum diseases, which are considered to be precursors of many serious ailments like cardiovascular diseases. Therefore, it is extremely important to preserve the health and wellness of your teeth, gums, and other oral tissues. General dentistry acts as your first line of defense against oral diseases. It focuses on providing preventative and restorative care.
What are the different procedures offered under general dentistry?
- Dental Fillings
Dental fillings are used to restore teeth with decay and damages. The decay or damage is drilled out and the cavity is sealed with a filling material. Depending on your requirement, your dentist will either use metal or resin-based fillings.
- Dental Bonding
Dental bonding is used to cement materials like composite resin and other restorations to the surface of a tooth for treating chips, fractures, decay, and cracks. The composite resin is a plastic-like material, which is matched to the color of your tooth and is applied in layers. Each layer is hardened using ultraviolet light and the resin is sculpted, contoured and polished to make it look smooth.
Braces are used to treat orthodontic ailments like malocclusion and misalignment. Braces apply pressure on crooked and misaligned teeth to slowly and steadily move them to their ideal position. Depending on your requirements, your dentist will choose the right kind of braces for you.
- Dental Crowns
Crowns are dental prosthetics used to restore damaged and decayed teeth. They are porcelain or metal jackets that cover an existing tooth to restore its lost structure and strength. The damaged tooth is filed to make room for the crown, which covers the tooth and is held in place with a dental adhesive. Crowns are custom-fabricated in a dental laboratory to match the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth.
- Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. Bridges carry an artificial tooth connected to crowns that are anchored to adjacent teeth and the artificial tooth covers the gap left by a missing tooth.
- Dental Implants
Dental implants are also used to replace missing teeth. The procedure involves the placement of a titanium screw in the jaw to replicate a tooth root. The screw is then attached to a dental restoration like a crown, bridge or denture to restore the tooth structure above the gumline. Placement of a dental implant requires minor surgery, so the procedure is carried out under local anesthesia.
- Dental Veneers
Dental veneers are thin wafer-like porcelain structures that are used to cover dental deformities like chips, cracks, fractures, gaps, and discoloration. They are bonded to the topical surface of teeth with a dental adhesive. Dental veneers have become one of the popular cosmetic enhancements that can easily help you achieve that Hollywood smile.
- Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment is performed to treat teeth with decays and infections. It involves the removal of damaged nerves and tissues from the center of the tooth chamber. The hollowed tooth is then flushed with disinfectants and antibacterial solutions to remove any trace of bacteria.
- Periodontal disease treatment
Accumulation of plaque, tartar, and trapped food particles lead to bacterial infestation. The bacteria release toxins that lead to abscess pocket formation, which infects the gums and leave them red, swollen, and inflamed. Gum diseases are a serious concern and need immediate attention. If ignored, they lead to bone and tooth loss. Minor gum diseases like Gingivitis are treated using root scaling and planing and gum pocket irrigation, while advanced gum diseases like periodontitis require gum grafting.
At Murray Dental Care of Cupertino, our entire team of dentists and hygienists is committed to providing supreme quality dental care to our patients and their families. If you are inclined towards taking the first steps to improve your dental health and hygiene, call us at (408) 253-5277 to book an appointment.