General dentistry encompasses many dental and oral care services focused on helping patients maintain healthy teeth and gums. This often includes preventative services such as dental cleanings, exams, and x-rays but may also include additional treatments such as fillings, root canals, or extractions. While general dentists can perform a wide range of dental treatments, they also know when to refer you to a specialist. Suppose our dentist at Southdale Dental Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies, determines that you require a root canal. In that case, they can refer you to an endodontist with advanced training in performing root canals safely.
The Importance of General Dentistry
While general dentistry is not directly responsible for the appearance of your smile, it plays a significant role in maintaining your oral health. General dentistry is often referred to as preventative dentistry because it offers services to help prevent cavities, gum disease, and other oral health issues.
When Should You Visit a General Dentist?
We recommend that patients visit a general dentist at least twice a year. This frequency allows us to prevent serious dental complications and provide general dental care. For patients that struggle with dental anxiety, visiting the dentist twice a year may not be enough care. Our practice offers sedation dentistry to minimize stress and increase comfort.
What Types of Problems Can General Dentistry Fix?
General dentistry can help fix various problems, from cavities to gum disease.
A cavity occurs when bacteria build up on the teeth and erode the hard enamel that protects them. Once enough enamel is worn away, a cavity forms and the tooth can become painful. The dentist will remove the decay and fill the tooth with a tooth-colored material.
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, occurs when the gums become infected. Gum disease can cause painful swelling in the gums, and as the disease progresses, it can destroy the bone and tissue that hold teeth in place.
Tooth pain can occur for several reasons. Tooth decay, gum disease, and trauma can all cause tooth pain. A dentist can diagnose the underlying cause of tooth pain and customize a treatment plan to address it.
The Benefits of General Dentistry
General dentistry provides a variety of benefits, including the following.
- Maintains a beautiful smile.
- Improves oral health.
- Helps prevent dental problems.
- Ensures oral comfort.
- Improves self-confidence.
General dentistry focuses on preventative and restorative care to ensure your smile is healthy. Visit Southdale Dental, Shop 8, E. Southdale Plaza, 3 South Ave, Kingston 10, Jamaica, West Indies, 00010, or call (876) 929-3312 for the best dental care.