What is General Dentistry?
General dentistry covers your basic dental care and maintenance. It includes routine dental cleanings, oral exams, and basic procedures like root canals and extractions. The goal of general dentistry is to help you keep your teeth healthy and in place for the rest of your life. It also serves to maintain your oral health and the support structures for your teeth.
Benefits of General Dentistry
General dentistry provides many benefits for patients who follow the recommended schedule of dental appointments every 6 months.
- Helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Regular dental appointments remove plaque from your teeth that accumulates over time. Even if you brush and floss regularly, plaque can still form on your teeth in places that are difficult to reach. Removing plaque helps to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
- Likely covered by dental insurance. General dental services are the most likely services to be covered by your dental insurance. Plans vary in terms of coverage, so be sure to contact your insurance provider to determine what services are covered and at what percentage or amount.
- Improves overall health and wellness. Dental and oral health has been linked to overall health in wellness in a variety of ways. Gum disease and tooth decay are linked to heart disease and diabetes. Keeping your teeth and mouth healthy can have a significant positive impact on your general health.
Why Choose DDS Group?
It can be hard to find time in your busy schedule to go to the dentist. But DDS Group is conveniently located in the financial district of New York City near Wall Street. You can schedule your appointment before or after work or on your lunch break. Our team of dentists and specialist are highly qualified in general dentistry, oral surgery, Endo & Perio. We are capable of meeting any and all of your dental needs all in one convenient location.
We offer the following general dentistry procedures:
Comprehensive Evaluation / Oral Examination
In addition to having your teeth cleaned, you should also have an oral examination to make sure your mouth and teeth are healthy. X-Rays may be taken once a year to identify cavities or problems that aren’t clearly visible.
Also known as prophylaxis, teeth cleaning involves removing plaque and tartar from your teeth. You should have a professional dental cleaning every 6 months.
Dental sealants are made of a safe resin material which is applied to the surfaces of teeth (commonly permanent molars) to prevent cavities. The sealant material fills in the crevices of a tooth and “seals” off the tooth from cavity-causing agents like food and plaque. The teeth are prepared for the sealant application and the sealant is painted directly onto the chewing surface of each tooth and then hardens. Sealants are applied in one visit.
Fluoride is a natural substance that helps strengthen teeth and prevent decay. Fluoride treatments are administered at this office as an important component of pediatric dental treatment. The fluoride is applied to the teeth in a gel, foam, or varnish form.
Custom Oral Appliances (Mouth Guards)
We provide custom mouthguards for children, teens, and adults who play sports and grind their teeth at night. Protecting your teeth is important, especially in high contact sports and while sleeping. Our custom fit mouthguards are comfortable and compact for easier breathing and speaking and sleeping.
Scaling and Root Planing
Gum disease is caused by hardened plaque that clings to the teeth at or below the gum line. Scaling removes plaque and root planing smooths the surface of the roots so that the gums can attach more closely.
Root Canal Treatment
A tooth may need a root canal if a crack, chip, or cavity is deep enough to reach the inner soft pulp of the tooth, which could lead to an infection. The procedure involves removing all of the pulp from inside the tooth and filling it up with composite resin to prevent infection.
When a tooth is too damaged to save it may need to be extracted. Other common reasons for extractions include impacted wisdom teeth and teeth that need to be removed for orthodontic purposes.