General & Preventive Dentistry

General dentistry is the term we use for the most common dental procedures that we do for patients. Most of these treatments have to do with removing tooth decay & repairing the damage it has done to your smile.

What Is General Dentistry?

General Dentistry includes procedures that most people have heard of, even if they haven’t had them done, such as crowns (caps), fillings, & root canal therapy. General dental care is also used to repair minor tooth damage due to accidents, such as chipping a tooth while eating. Addressing bad breath is also part of general dentistry!

Overview

Because these treatments are so common, many dental insurance plans cover a large part of the cost. That’s why you will see them listed near the top of the list of benefits on your insurance plan. If you have insurance, having general dentistry procedures covered by your insurer can be reassuring & helps motivate you to get the care you need. Insurance companies also know that if you don’t solve a dental problem early on it will only get more expensive later.

While our general dental services don’t necessarily include cosmetic or restorative treatments, many times general dentistry treatments get bundled up with cosmetic or restorative care treatment plans. For example, if you’re getting a full smile makeover, we may change the position of your teeth with aligners & make their shape more uniform using bonding.

All dentists get training in general dentistry when they’re in dental school, even if they move on to specialize in a certain area of dentistry later on (such as cosmetic dentistry or orthodontics). Depending on where you live or the certifications they have earned, some dental hygienists can perform certain parts of a general dental procedure (helping to size crowns, for example).

More and more studies show how critical the mouth-body connection is. Your mouth affects your whole body and your systemic health can affect your oral health. Any infection in your mouth, from gum disease for example, can lead to everything from systemic inflammation, increased risk for heart attacks or strokes, pregnancy complications, and even certain types of cancer.

Kids are affected by this as well. Kids who suffer from poor oral health typically have lower grades and an average of 2.5 days missed specifically from dental health problems.

That’s why general and preventive family dentistry from Northcutt Dental is performed with such a comprehensive approach. Our health-centered dentistry is focused on keeping your teeth in their most natural state, your gums infection-free, and your whole body going strong for life.

Oral Health & Overall Health

There is a big connection between your oral health & your overall health. General dentistry can address some situations that may be linked to other health conditions. For example, dentists can assess problems with your jaw joint (TMD) or even spot signs of sleep apnea or potential causes for migraines. So don’t be surprised if we ask you about more than just your teeth & gums!

Non-Invasive Actions

General dentistry also includes the non-invasive actions our dental team will take in the effort the keep you healthy & comfortable. Many diagnostic scans or examinations, such as those that look at your bite & how your teeth fit together (called occlusion by dentists) would be considered general dentistry. Local anesthesia & light sedation are also common & apply to so many different dental care situations that they fall under this category.

Preventing Dental Problems

Preventive dentistry is the area of dentistry concerned with preventing dental problems before they become costly, painful or both. A large part of preventive dentistry is patient education. This includes learning the proper at-home dental care, nutrition, etc. Another aspect of preventive dentistry is oral hygiene through regular dental cleanings, fluoride treatments, mouthguards & more.