A general dentist is trained to treat and prevent many problems affecting the teeth, gums, and jaw. From routine cleanings and fillings to root canal therapy and complex smile makeovers, a general dentist can help you maintain good oral health. At Low Country Dental Center, our general dentist provides a preventative treatment plan for patients of all ages. In addition to regular checkups and cleanings, patients can expect to receive x-rays and fluoride treatments to protect their smiles from decay. General dentists can also fill cavities and repair teeth damaged due to trauma or decay. They can also place crowns, bridges, and other restorations.

Patients should see a general dentist every six months for a cleaning and checkup. This can help prevent minor issues from becoming major ones. Seeing a dentist regularly is also necessary to maintain your oral health and prevent the need for costly restorative procedures in the future.

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Common General Dentistry Services

Dental Examinations

During an examination, the dentist will assess your teeth, gums, and oral tissues, check for signs of dental problems, and recommend any necessary treatments or preventive measures.

Dental Fillings

Dental fillings are used to restore teeth affected by cavities or minor fractures. The decayed or damaged portion of the tooth is removed, and the cavity is filled with materials such as composite resin, amalgam, or porcelain. Fillings restore the function and structure of the tooth.

Gum Disease Treatment

General dentistry includes diagnosing and treating gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis. Non-surgical treatments, such as scaling and root planing, and in some cases, surgical interventions, may be performed to restore gum health.

Oral Cancer Screening

Dentists conduct regular oral cancer screenings as part of general dentistry services. They check for signs or abnormalities in the oral tissues that may indicate oral cancer. Early detection is crucial for successful treatment.

The Benefits of General Dentistry

Prevents Gum Disease

Regularly scheduled cleanings remove plaque buildup from the teeth, essential in preventing gum disease. If gum disease develops in the later stages of life, it can increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s, and dementia.

Promotes Good Oral Health

Regular exams and cleanings remove the buildup of plaque and bacteria that can result in tooth decay and cavities. It also keeps the gums healthy by preventing gingivitis and other gum diseases.

Detect Problems Early

Routine visits allow your dentist to detect and treat problems early on. This can prevent more invasive and expensive procedures in the future. For example, a small cavity can be easily filled before it can grow into a larger problem.

General dentists educate patients about proper oral hygiene practices, including brushing techniques, flossing, diet recommendations, and regular dental visits. They provide personalized guidance to help patients maintain healthy teeth and gums. Visit Low Country Dental Center at 70 Pennington Dr, Ste 7, Bluffton, SC 29910, or call (843) 706-3377 for the best dental care tailored to your unique needs.