General dentistry refers to the routine care your primary dentist typically provides, such as dental exams and teeth cleanings. Similar to a primary care provider, your general dentist is the first dental professional you see when you want a checkup, have a toothache, or need dental work.
More often than not, you see a general dentist before visiting a specialized professional, such as an orthodontist or maxillofacial surgeon.
As a general and cosmetic dentist, Dr. Albelais offers a broad range of preventive techniques and cosmetic treatments at his office, such as:
A dental exam is a preventive evaluation of your oral health. During a dental exam, Dr. Albelais checks your teeth for signs of erosion and decay, assesses your gum health, and scans your mouth for any abnormal growths or sores. Depending on how often you visit, he may also take X-rays to view the underlying structures in your mouth.
Teeth cleanings are essential for good oral health. During a cleaning, Dr. Albelais uses special dental instruments to remove plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) from your teeth. While you can remove plaque on your own by brushing and flossing, only a professional dentist can remove tartar.
Next, Dr. Albelais thoroughly brushes your teeth with a high-powered toothbrush before flossing in between each tooth. Before you leave, he may also polish your teeth and apply a strengthening fluoride treatment to protect your enamel.
Dr. Albelais performs professional teeth whitening at his office to remove years’ worth of tooth stains from your smile.
Crowns and bridges are restorative treatments to rebuild the shape and size of damaged or missing teeth. While a crown is a tooth-shaped cap that covers and protects your tooth, a bridge can replace one or more missing teeth.
Because your general dentist is your primary dental provider, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Albelais any time you experience oral health changes, such as tooth pain, bleeding gums, or enamel erosion.
However, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that adults schedule regular visits to prevent serious oral health concerns, while the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) urges children to visit the dentist once every six months.