Getting proper dental attention is one of the major factors in maintaining optimum oral health. Dr. Prescott has served as a dentist for several years now and has treated hundreds of patients with different oral issues. He believes that handling patients in a friendly manner is the key to establishing a bond and that it would positively influence the effectiveness of the treatment.
General dentistry involves several procedures that are intended for improving one’s oral health as well as the aesthetics of the teeth and the gums. A general dentist is one who has specialized in a range of dental procedures such as treating cavities, malocclusion, discoloration, missing teeth, chipped and cracked teeth, and other such issues.
Regular Oral Consultations
Dentists advise patients to have a routine consultation at least once every six months. This is essential for the dentist to check for signs of cavities, infections, gum diseases, and any underlying issues with the teeth and gums. During your visit to our practice, Dr. Prescott would perform oral cleaning (scaling) to get rid of the accumulated plaque and tartar. It significantly decreases your chances of developing gum diseases and cavities and gives you a fresher breath.
Some of the other examinations and procedures that the dentist could perform during a regular consultation are reviewing the previous medical and oral history, screening for gum diseases (periodontitis) and oral cancer, taking scans and x-rays of the teeth, sealants, fillings, and any other restorations if required.
Dentures would be the best restorative option to replace multiple missing teeth. The best thing about them is that they can be easily removed and put back on whenever the need arises. They are custom fabricated according to the requirement of the patient, i.e. either in their complete or partial forms. Patients who have lost all of their teeth can choose to get complete dentures, whereas ones who still have a few teeth left can choose partial dentures.
Since they are made from gum-colored acrylic and ceramic, they closely resemble gums and teeth. They are durable, strong, long-lasting and restore a person’s ability to bite and chew food like normal. They will have to be cleaned by brushing them every day to prevent discoloration and staining.
Fillings are the simplest way to repair your smile. They can be used for various purposes such as filling cavities, treating minor cracks on the teeth, altering the shape of misshapen and chipped teeth, etc. They will be applied to the tooth, shaped accordingly, hardened with the help of a curing light and finally polished to match the texture and appearance of the remaining teeth.
Crowns and Bridges
Crowns and bridges are restorations that give the teeth an aesthetic makeover along with restoring their functionality. Crowns are used to completely cover teeth, which is used to treat discoloration, cracks, chipping and also to alter the shape of misshapen teeth. Bridges consist of a prosthetic tooth and two crowns (to hold it in place) and are used to replace a missing tooth. They look exactly like natural teeth as they are made from dental grade ceramic material.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays are custom fillings that are made according to the shape of the cavity that they would fit into. In comparison to fillings, they increase the tooth’s strength by up to 70% and also extends its life. Onlays are commonly called ‘half-crowns’ as they cover the cusp of a tooth and are used to restore the biting surface that is worn out due to teeth grinding. Both Inlays and Onlays are tooth colored and offer high durability and longevity.
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