In addition to helping you maintain a beautiful smile, and heal toothaches, general dentistry offered at Lakeway Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry actually aids the prevention of several significant ailments. Correlations have been drawn between periodontal disease, heart disease and strokes. It's also been found that treatment of one disease alleviates conditions in the other. General dentistry is a crucial preventive medicine.
General Dentistry Services
You should seek general dentistry services at least twice per year at Lakeway Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, and in the event of oral emergencies or chips to the teeth. Comprehensive general dentistry services include:
- Dental sealants
- Manual oral inspection
- Laser dentistry
- Sedation dentistry
- Tooth cleaning and polish
- Tooth extraction
- Root canals
- Gum disease infection diagnosis and treatment
- Tooth bonding
- Dental crowns
- Dental bridges
Prevention is the main intent. The need for oral exams, cleaning and polish is determined by your last dental visit. By ensuring the teeth receive deep cleaning, the risk of having your gums become infected is greatly reduced.
X-rays are used to spot cavities or dental caries before they further erode the surface of the tooth (creating another infection risk). They also detect potential overlap in teeth that are "coming in." When there is extensive damage to a tooth, it may be extracted, and in the case of nerve damage, a root canal may be performed. These procedures can typically be prevented if biannual dental appointments are kept, and early caries are caught before they can become a larger problem.
In the event of bleeding gums, a damaged tooth or a teeth suffering dental caries, an appointment will be made immediately. Bleeding gums can indicate gum disease, and crowns may be applied with dental cement over teeth that are very damaged by cavities. This ensures the cavity cannot continue to interfere with the health of the tooth.
If you haven't been to a dentist often or at all, now is a good time to start. The earlier dental visits start, the better, but it's never too late to begin taking good care of your teeth and gums.