What General Dentists Do

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General dentists are primary dental providers for patients of all ages. If you have recently attended a regular dental check-up, you likely visited a general dentist. They are experts in the general well-being of your dental and oral health. Unlike periodontists or endodontists, who specialize in specific aspects of dentistry, general dentists are often experts in several different services, procedures, and treatments. They undergo three or more years of undergraduate education, as well as four years of dental school to earn the title.

Some common services include:

• Cosmetic treatments
• Dental cleanings
• Crowns and bridges
• Placing dental implants
• Dentures
• Treating bruxism
• Treating TMJ
• Whitening treatments
• Root canal therapy
• Treatment of gum disease
• Prescribing mouthguards
• Sealants, fillings, and bonding
• Restorative care
• And home care instruction

General dentists, such as our Lancaster dentist, are often the first experts to discover problems in a patient’s oral health, and will refer their patients to other experts if they are unable to treat the issues in their office. Conversely, an expert may be able to refer you to a general dentist who can work with you to prevent serious oral issues.
If you require any of the services listed above, or have not seen a dentist in the past six months, call out expert in general dentistry in Lancaster to make an appointment today.

What Does a General Dentist Do?

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Along with regular brushing and flossing, a general dentist is your first line of defense against poor oral health. When you go in for an exam and cleaning, it is a general dentist that you are going to see. Sure they clean your teeth and check for cavities, but what else do they do?

When you go in for an exam and cleaning, there is a lot more to it than just scraping your teeth. Through a visual examination and also the use of X-rays, a general dentist gives your mouth a full examination. They are definitely looking for plaque, tartar, and cavities, but they are also looking for more serious complications like gum disease as well. A general dentist also screens you for oral cancer. Many people do not realize that many other illnesses will also manifest themselves in your mouth. A dentist you have been to for any length of time will notice these changes before they become too serious.

If you do have a cavity, a general dentist uses a drill to remove the decayed part and then replaces it with a filling. If the decay has become too severe, then the dentist is able to perform a root canal and apply a crown in order to save your tooth. If the tooth needs to be extracted, the general dentist will do that too. They can even fit you with a bridge to replace the missing tooth.

If it has been over a year since you have last been to the dentist, then do yourself a favor and contact our general dentist in San Fernando Valley to set up an appointment.

What are General Dental Treatments?


General dentistry is designed to maintain the general health of your teeth and gums. Common dental diseases are diagnosed, treatment plans are developed and specialty services can be coordinated with other care providers when necessary. Our Los Angeles dentist offers a variety of general dental treatments for patients of all ages, including:

  • Routine cleanings
  • Comprehensive dental exams
  • Dental fillings
  • Porcelain crowns
  • Root canal therapy
  • Preventative care including fluoride treatments and dental sealants
  • Dental bridges
  • Periodontal treatments
  • Dentures
  • Orthodontics
  • Tobacco cessation assistance
  • TMJ treatments
  • Dental implants
  • Cosmetic dentistry

Our dentist offers the kind of general dental care you need to keep your smile healthy, strong and attractive. We work with our patients to identify the best plan of action and then implement it. Our expert in general dentistry in Los Angeles is committed to providing you with the kind of compassionate, personalized care you need at each stage of the treatment process so that you can be confident of your results and your new smile. Whether you simply need routine checkups and cleaning, cosmetic touch-ups or more extensive restorative care such as a full mouth reconstruction, we can help. Give us a call today to learn more or to schedule your appointment.