“General Dentistry” is the type of dental care which most patients will experience thoughout their life. It focuses on looking after you and your family’s oral health by providing regular and thorough dental examinations and hygiene care in order to spot and treat problems early. Prevention is always better than cure, so a general dentist will also provide preventive advice and treatment to try to stop problems occurring in the first place.
The types of treatment offered by a general dentist are widespread, and range from simple fillings to complex treatment plans for complete oral rehabilitation. Cosmetic problems are also managed by a general dentist who may offer options such as tooth whitening and enamel microabrasion, or more involved procedures like complex bonded porcelain restorations.
General dentists practice in all areas of dentistry, and also diagnose and discuss more complex problems with you which may require a referral onto a Specialist Dentist to manage when we feel it will give the best outcome for you.
General dentists, alongside the dental hygienist, manage the bulk of dental maintenance care with replacement of failed or worn out work as well as identifying patients at risk of developing new problems such as decay and gum disease. You will also be regularly screened for more serious diseases of the mouth such as oral cancer and appropriate advice and treatment offered to you to try to prevent such problems developing.
Regular visits to your general dentist and hygienist are important to make sure you have a happy and healthy smile.
Hygienist & Therapist
Dental Hygienists are dental care professionals and work as part of the dental team.
While dentists concentrate on treating tooth and gum conditions, the dental hygienist has a vital role in helping to prevent problems from arising.
A dental hygienist carries out procedures such as scaling and polishing teeth, and applying topical fluoride and fissure sealants. If based in a hospital, they would also help patients who are having surgery or complicated orthodontic treatment or those with particular medical conditions to maintain a healthy mouth.
Dental hygienists predominantly work to treat gum problems and maintain oral health. This is essential to the long term stability of teeth and prevention of dental diseases such as gingivitis, periodontitis (a more advanced gum disease) and caries (tooth decay).
They have both clinical and health promotional responsibilities. Clinically they help to treat and prevent dental disease by scaling and polishing teeth, applying prophylactic and antimicrobial materials. They can also take dental radiographs and undertake monitoring and screening procedures.
Dental hygienists are also permitted to apply topical fluorides and fissure sealants in order to reduce dental caries (tooth decay).
Their health promotional role includes motivating and encouraging individuals and groups in oral health practises, including oral hygiene and dietary advice.
Dental hygienists are an important part of the dental team. If good oral health is achieved and maintained then any restorative work that may be required, such as fillings, crowns, bridges, veneers or dental implants should have a much better standing.
Dental hygienists are also able to carry out tooth whitening procedures to help achieve that beautiful smile.
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