While dentists perform various procedures, the most common is primary dental care. This includes cleanings, fillings, and exams to diagnose cavities, gum disease, or other issues in the mouth. After a general exam, your dentist may recommend other treatments or refer you to a specialist depending on your needs.
AT Willow Glen Dental Care, our dentist may also recommend specific procedures based on your individual needs. For example, if you need braces, your general dentist may refer you to an orthodontist for consultation and treatment. Or if you have a tooth injury that requires a root canal or dental crown, you’ll likely need to visit an endodontist.
Standard Procedures in General Dentistry
Several general dentistry procedures can improve your smile's appearance and self-confidence.
Composite fillings are a tooth-colored dental restoration used to repair teeth affected by minor tooth decay. A composite resin material is used to replace the part of the tooth that has been decayed or damaged by decay. Composite fillings offer a more natural-looking alternative to silver amalgam fillings.
Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dentistry procedure used to improve a person’s smile by lightening the color of the person’s natural teeth. During the whitening process, the person’s dentist will apply a bleaching solution that contains a peroxide-based chemical to the teeth. This chemical will break up stains and lighten the color of the person’s teeth by several shades.
Bonding is a dental procedure that uses a composite resin material to correct the appearance of chipped or broken teeth and improve the teeth' overall appearance. The dentist will use a special light to harden the bonding material before shaping and smoothing it until the proper shape is achieved.
The Advantages of General Dentistry
At every visit, we’ll perform a thorough exam to check for signs of decay and disease to catch problems early and prevent further complications. Regular exams can also allow us to monitor your mouth for cancer symptoms, such as sores, lumps, and other abnormalities. If we detect any changes during your exam, we can perform biopsies as needed to determine if there’s an infection present or if cancer cells are present. This early detection is key to increasing your chances of successful treatment. If restorations are needed, we can use our advanced imaging technology to design restorations that closely match your smile’s natural shape and color for the most natural-looking results possible.
General dentistry is the kind of dental care you need regularly. Visit Willow Glen Dental Care at 1600 Willow St, Suite 203, San Jose, CA 95125, or call dentist in San Jose CA (408) 978-0911 for the best dental care.