General dentistry offers a well-rounded approach to dental care that can serve both adults and children. With general dentistry treatments, minor issues can be corrected before they turn into major concerns. Patients can also manage symptoms of diseases and conditions with regular general dentistry treatments.
Treatment options in a general dentistry practice can vary and can include the following:
At a general dentistry appointment, our dentist will clean and polish your teeth, removing stains and plaque. This procedure also helps prevent gum disease and tooth decay.
Fillings are the most common type of dental restoration. They are used to fix cavities, broken teeth, and other dental problems. Fillings are composed of composite resin, porcelain, or gold. The filling material wraps around the affected tooth and bonds with it, restoring its proper function and appearance.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped covering placed over a tooth that is damaged or decayed. It restores the shape, size, and strength of the original tooth.
Dental crowns may be made from gold or porcelain fused to metal. Porcelain crowns are the most popular option because they resemble natural teeth.
Dental bridges consist of one or more replacement teeth that attach to the natural teeth on either side of the gap. The replacement teeth can be made from porcelain, gold, alloys, or a combination of materials. The bridge is bonded to the natural teeth, and a crown may be placed over the tooth or teeth to hold the bridge in place.
A root canal is done when a tooth becomes infected. The infection is usually caused by a cavity, but a cracked tooth, a chip, or even some trauma can also cause a root canal.
During a root canal, a dentist will remove the infected tissue from the tooth and then clean and disinfect the tooth. Finally, the tooth is filled with dental composite to prevent further damage.
Full and partial dentures are separate types of dentures that provide different functions for different kinds of patients. For patients missing all of their teeth, full dentures are appropriate. For patients missing some but not all teeth, partial dentures are appropriate.
Full dentures are for patients missing all of their teeth in the upper or lower arch. They are made to fit snugly against the gums and bone structure of the mouth. Custom dentures are also crafted to fit comfortably and securely.
Partial dentures are for patients who are missing a few teeth. They are crafted to fill in the space of missing teeth while also being attached to existing teeth to keep them in place. These dentures can be made of acrylic resin or metal.
At M.Hirota, DMD, we utilize all the necessary equipment to meet your daily clinic needs. We provide instructions on taking care of oral health. Visit us at 135 Civic Center Dr #102, National City, CA 91950. Contact us at (619) 474-4695 or visit our website for more information.