General dentistry is professional dental care oriented toward preventing disease. At Altamonte Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer a wide range of quality general dentistry services. Here we have provided answers to some frequently asked questions about general dentistry.
General dentistry involves a wide array of dental services important to your oral and general health. At Altamonte Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry, we provide a full scope of general dentistry services including:
Professional cleaning at the dentist’s office is designed to complement your brushing and flossing routine. While good at-home oral hygiene is essential, our dental professionals can provide a more thorough cleaning than can be accomplished at home. Professional teeth cleaning removes tartar and plaque, helps prevent gum disease, and polishes the teeth.
We recommend a routine dental exam and cleaning at least twice a year for most patients. Depending on the patient’s individual oral care needs, we may recommend more frequent visits. Regular exams and cleanings are important in preventing dental problems and maintaining the health of your teeth and gums.
We may recommend removing an old metal filling that is defective or may lead to problems in the future. Some people choose to have their metal fillings removed and replaced with natural-looking, tooth-colored non-metal fillings for cosmetic reasons. Porcelain and composite fillings are safer and look far superior to traditional metal fillings.
Porcelain and composite fillings are better than silver and mercury alloy fillings for both aesthetic and functional reasons. Non-metal porcelain and composite fillings:
Simply stated, preventive dentistry provided by your dentist is professional care for your teeth and mouth to keep them healthy. At Altamonte Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry we offer preventative dental procedures that include:
Fluoride treatments may be a good option for patients who need extra protection against decay. Fluoride is a natural mineral used to re-mineralize the teeth. This treatment can strengthen tooth enamel and help prevent decay.
A good candidate for fluoride treatment may be:
Teeth that are sensitive to heat and cold can be painful. This is a common condition, affecting 40 million people in the U.S., according to the Academy of General Dentistry. Several factors can contribute to sensitive teeth, including:
At Altamonte Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry, treatment for sensitive teeth will depend on the underlying cause. It may be as simple as filling a decayed tooth or replacing a worn metal filling. If sensitivity is caused by gum loss exposing the root surfaces of the teeth, we may recommend periodontal gum grafting to support the teeth and protect the surfaces of the roots.
Fluoride treatments can strengthen tooth enamel and reduce sensitivity. Over-the-counter desensitizing toothpastes used on a regular basis for approximately two weeks, can also help desensitize your teeth.