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General Dentistry

Dentist In Sandy, UT

It may come as a surprise that the health of your teeth and gums can play a major factor in the overall health of your body. It is important to find a provider that can care for and maintain the oral health of you and your family. A general dentist is essentially the primary care provider for your family’s oral health. They are able to treat patients of all ages, and are likely to be your provider as long as they are practicing.

The most common procedure we associate with the dentist is the routine cleaning and checkup. It is recommended that patients with normal, overall healthy teeth get a professional cleaning once a year. For those with periodontal disease, it may be recommended that you get your teeth cleaned more often. These routine checkups are crucial in maintaining the health of your teeth and gums. Your dentist is also able to prevent and catch most dental issues before they become a bigger problem.

Aside from cleanings and checkups, your dentist is also able to provide many other dental services to you and your family. Most dentists participate in continuing education to stay up to date on the latest and most effective ways to keep your teeth healthy. This includes minor to major cosmetic dental procedures, as well. Many offices offer full service dental care and cosmetic procedures. Below are a breakdown of some of the most common dental procedures performed by general dentistry offices.

Periodontal Disease Treatment: If you have periodontal disease, it is imperative to create a plan to treat your teeth and gums. If you are in the early stages of gum disease, you will likely be advised to have your teeth professionally cleaned at least 4 times a year. These visits will include tooth scaling. If you are in the advanced stages of gum disease, you may require gum surgery.

Dental Fillings: If you have ever had a cavity, you likely received a dental filling. Depending on the severity and location of the cavity, the procedure can vary. Essentially, a filling involves removing the decayed or injured part of the tooth and then refilling the removed area. Filling materials vary from metal to porcelain to composite resin.

Root Canals: Injuries and disease in the teeth can sometimes go as deep as the tooth root. If this is the case, you will require a root canal to repair the tooth. A root canal involves removing the diseased portion of the tooth, as well as going into the root to remove any disease that has manifested there. The tooth and root are then filled back in to prevent further disease or damage. Once the filling has been set, a crown is then applied over the tooth to give an extra barrier of protection.

Bonding: Bonding is used to repair chipped, damaged, or worn down teeth. A composite material that resembles tooth enamel is applied to the damaged tooth, then shaped to resemble a natural tooth. Once it is shaped, it is sanded down to give a smooth, seamless look to the tooth. This restores the tooth to its original, flaw-free state.

Dental Crowns and Bridges: For teeth that have extensive damage, or are very unsightly, a dental crown is often a great option for repair. A crown fits directly over the damaged tooth to serve as both protection and give a more attractive appearance. Crowns, also known as caps, can be gold, silver, or porcelain, based on the patients preference. Bridges are used in conjunction with crowns to fill an area where a tooth used to be.