General Dentistry involves the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of conditions, disorders and diseases affecting the teeth, gums and maxillofacial (associated with the jaw and face) region of the body.
General dentists provide services related to the general maintenance of oral hygiene and tooth health.
Ideally, dentistry is preventative. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you visit your dentist regularly – at least once every six months – to ensure proper oral hygiene and functionality. Regular checkups and oral health maintenance prevent the development of serious dental problems that can require costly treatment. If you remain vigilant and visit your dentist regularly, you can enjoy exceptional dental health.
Cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the appearance of the teeth, mouth and smile. Cosmetic dentistry is typically an elective treatment or service.
Cosmetic treatments may also provide restorative benefits. For example, dental fillings are a common procedure used to treat decayed teeth. Previously, most dental fillings were composed primarily of gold, amalgam and other materials that left visible dark spots on the teeth.
Modern dental fillings may be considered cosmetic to a certain extent because you can select fillings made of porcelain or composite materials that closely match the color of your teeth, thus maintaining the natural appearance of your teeth and smile. Many people may choose to have their older fillings replaced with newer, tooth-colored fillings to enhance their appearance.
Preventative Dentistry: Hygiene
Preventive dentistry, also known as Dental Hygiene, is the practice of caring for your teeth to keep them healthy. This can help you avoid cavities, gum disease, enamel wear, and more.
There are many forms of preventive dentistry, such as daily brushing, flossing, and dental cleanings. To maintain optimal oral health, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends visits to the dentist at regular intervals determined by your dentist. These practices are designed to ensure that teeth are clean, strong, and white. Children should be taught proper oral hygiene at an early age.
Arroyo Grande Dental Care provides patients with top-quality emergency dental care when they need it most. We are open five days a week to serve you.
If you are experiencing a dental emergency please call our front office at (805) 481-9033.
If this is a serious or life-threatening emergency, please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital.
Dental implants are a very close alternative to healthy, natural teeth. They allow you to live life confidently so that you can enjoy daily activities without worrying about your teeth.
Modern dental implants have been used successfully for over 30 years. They are the strongest devices available to support replacement teeth, they generally look, feel, and function like your natural teeth.
When performed by a trained and experienced dental implant dentist, dental implant surgery is one of the safest and most predictable procedures in dentistry.
Your smile is important. It’s one of the first things you notice when you meet someone. Whitening can get your smile looking its best. A whiter, brighter smile is beautiful – it can help you feel better about yourself and make a memorable impression.
Arroyo Grande Dental Care offers ZOOM Teeth Whitening.
During the course of your dental examination we may determine that a root canal is required to treat the symptoms that your are experiencing. Some root canal procedures can be performed right here in our office. Depending on your individual situation we may, at times, refer you to another local practice that specializes in endodontics.
An endodontist is a dentist that specializes in performing root canals, in addition to other specialized dental procedures involving the soft inner tissue of the teeth.
We work closely with several local endodontists to ensure that you receive the best possible care both before, and following your procedure.
A crown is a cover or “cap” your dentist can put over a tooth. The crown restores the tooth to its normal shape, size, and function. A crown can make the tooth stronger or improve the way it looks.
When are dental crowns most commonly used:
- If a cavity is too large for a traditional type filling
- If a tooth is cracked, worn down, or otherwise weakened
- Following a root canal treatment – a crown is used to cap and protect the restored tooth
- If a patient wants to cover a discolored or badly shaped tooth to improve cosmetic appearance.