General dentistry treatments involve diagnosis and treatment of general conditions affecting the teeth, gums, and jaw. Prevention and gum care are important parts of general dentistry, as is treating problems before they grow to be painful and often expensive.
Our doctors can develop a comprehensive treatment plan to help you achieve and maintain a smile that will maximize your personal health and appearance, including restorative and cosmetic procedures in addition to “general dentistry treatments.”
Things we often take for granted with natural, healthy teeth—such as eating, talking, smiling, and laughing—can all become easier again with restorative dentistry. Our doctors can determine the best of several restorative dental treatment options for patients whose smiles need a second chance, from natural looking dental fillings and one-visit crowns to dental implants and dentures.
A healthy, beautiful smile can make life more beautiful. It can raise self-esteem, increase confidence, help you make better first impressions on others, and improve your personal and professional life. There are a variety of subtle yet noticeable ways we can enhance your smile, and there are also more dramatic cosmetic dental treatments, often called “smile makeovers,” that can make the smile of your dreams a reality!
According to American Academy of Periodontology, gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults over age 35. Gum disease ranges from gingivitis to the various forms and stages of periodontitis, and the prevalence of gum disease increases with age because teeth wear down and become more sensitive as time passes, gums naturally recede, and medications can affect oral health. If your gums feel tender or sore, or if they look red and swollen, you may have gum disease. Other warning signs include bleeding and/or receding gums, pain or sensitivity in your teeth (and even loose teeth caused by weakening gum fibers or bone loss), and persistent bad breath. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss as well as various serious health problems.
If you have any degree of gum disease, we can help. Gum disease used to require surgery more often than not. While surgery is still an option and sometimes needed, many cases are now treated with less invasive techniques first, such as deep dental cleanings, local antibiotics (Arestin®), and special mouth rinses. We also have PerioLase®, a soft tissue dental laser that can repair and in some cases even reverse the damage caused by gum disease through laser gum therapy.
Oral cancer is actually curable in 80-90% of cases when it is caught soon enough, so we screen for early detection of oral cancer. We use ViziLite® for these screenings, which is special light technology that has proven successful in identifying soft tissue abnormalities that can turn into oral cancer.
One American dies of oral cancer approximately every hour of every day. While tobacco and alcohol use are the primary lifestyle risk factors for oral cancer, surprisingly 27% of oral cancer victims do not use tobacco or alcohol, or have any other lifestyle risk factors. That’s 1 in 4 people who develop oral cancer! Please come in for your screening. It only takes 5 minutes and could save your life!