What Is a General Dentistry and What Does It Include?
General dentistry services encompass all dentist treatments that are not considered to be specialists in nature. In other words, it’s best to view general dentistry as a regular check-up (or even an audit) of the current health of your teeth, gums, and bite, so you can ensure that your smile is in the best possible condition.
This includes oral hygiene assessments, scans and exams, plaque removal, and giving instructions on how to brush and floss correctly to ensure proper oral health and, of course, routine treatments.
At our Summerlin practice, we go out of our way to assist you and ensure that your smile is as healthy and long-lasting as possible. As with most things in life, prevention is almost always better than the cure, which is why coming in for frequent check-ups will help keep your smile bright while drastically reducing your chance of oral disease and tooth decay.
General dentistry encompasses a wide range of treatment options and procedures essential to preserving and improving oral health. A variety of treatments are available to keep your mouth, gums, and teeth healthy and pain-free.
Similar to how your family practitioner would keep an eye on your overall physical and mental health, the ultimate goal with general density is to prevent and diagnose disease.
What Is The Difference Between a Dentist and a General Dentist?
As you would expect, before practicing dentistry, general dentists require considerable training. Before becoming a general dentist, an individual must typically complete three or more years of undergraduate study as well as four years of dental school.
As mentioned, the primary objective of general dentists is to assist you in maintaining a healthy smile – and while all dentists strive to achieve this goal, general dentists may limit their patients to a particular age category, or they may limit the type of treatment that they offer.
This is because general dentists are well versed in almost every facet of density, but they are not specialized in any one particular area. In most cases, the general dentist will be able to identify and diagnose your issues, as well as layout possible treatment plans for your particular case, upon which they will typically refer you to a specialist dentist in that field who has the skills, experience, and credentials required to treat your special dental problem.
Our General Dentistry Services
In Summerlin, Las Vegas
Eighty percent of the estimated 143,000 dentists in North America are general dentists. The following are some
of the most frequent general dentistry services:
These aid in maintaining excellent oral health by preventing the disease from taking hold in your mouth. A cornerstone of preventive dentistry is regular check-ups (including diagnostic imaging like x-rays) and professional teeth cleaning. If necessary, your general dentist may offer you specific advice on how to improve your at-home dental hygiene and may prescribe preventive treatments like sealants.
When a problem is discovered, your dentist will ensure that you receive prompt and proper treatment. The removal of tooth decay and fitting of a filling in the affected tooth is perhaps the most frequent (and effective) restorative dental procedure. However, it isn’t the only restoration service offered by general dentists. They also provide treatment if you have a dental emergency, such as a broken, loosened, or knocked-out tooth. The causes of toothache and periodontal (gum) disease can be diagnosed and treated by general dentists. They may also repair missing teeth, put crowns or bridgework, and assist you in getting dentures fitted.
With various cosmetic treatments, general dentists are trained to help you achieve the dazzling smile you’ve always dreamed of. Popular cosmetic treatments include teeth whitening (dental bleaching), same-day crowns, dental implants, and porcelain veneers – and we offer all of them! We also offer Bridge work, Full Mouth rehabilitation and bite reconstruction. In some special cases Stephen Spelman DDS, MAGD will work with experienced specialists to provide all 4 prosthetic for teeth replacement. An all on 4 treatment is a full arch bridge that is permanently secured into the jaw with dental implants.
OVERALL HEALTH CONCERNS
In many cases, your dental health is a reflection of your overall health. Some oral disorders might be a sign of problems elsewhere in your body and vice versa. Untreated oral infections, for example, can result in poor diabetes control, an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, and pregnancy problems. General dentists are taught to recognize these issues and any other issues to provide appropriate treatment or referrals as necessary.
Why Choose Us For Your Las Vegas Dental Issues
We recognize the significance of excellent dental care at Stephen Spelman DDS, MAGD office in Las Vegas, NV, and you can be confident that you will not find better treatment for your density concerns anywhere else.
At each hygiene appointment, our Registered Dental Hygienists devote the necessary time (1 hour) to give each patient the best possible treatment and education. This amount of time guarantees that all plaque is removed effectively, and the patient departs with a bright smile and advice on how to brush and floss properly to maintain their dental health.
That being said, taking good care of your teeth isn’t always enough. The hygienist and Stephen Spelman DDS, MAGD will do a comprehensive exam and x-rays of your hard and soft tissues, as well as an oral cancer screening, at your regular preventive check-ups.
If decay or other problems are discovered, Stephen Spelman DDS, MAGD, and his colleagues will discuss the appropriate therapy and schedule your follow-up visit to suit your schedule and lifestyle.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with a general dentist in Summerlin for your next preventive visit, please call or email our office!
WHAT OUR PATIENTS SAY ABOUT US
“I love this office! The quality of care I receive here is the best I’ve ever experienced!”
“My visit was great! He makes you feel very comfortable. The office is clean and nice and the equipment is high quality.”
“My veneers turned out great! I love my new smile:) Thank you!”
“Dr. Spelman and his staff are great professionals and, even more importantly, nice people!”
“Great dentist, staff and beautiful office! Glad I found this place!”
“Dr. Spelman is so gentle and calm, he makes going to the dentist pleasant!”
“Thank you Dr. Spelman! I was completely satisfied and will refer my friends. It was the ultimate in dental treatment!”
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