General dentistry includes treatments meant to improve oral health and hygiene, such as professional cleanings, fluoride treatments, routine checkups, as well as procedures like root canals, crowns, fillings, and more.
At Homan Family Dentistry, these treatments are intended to prevent oral health issues such as tooth decay and gum disease from occurring or worsening. The earlier these problems are addressed with general dental treatments, the better your chances are of avoiding more complex and costly procedures in the future.
The Benefits of General Dentistry
To keep your teeth and gums healthy, you must receive regular dental care from a general dentist. These providers have the expertise to treat various dental issues, from cavities and periodontal disease to bite problems and crooked teeth. A general dentist can perform procedures like root canals, tooth extractions, fillings, and tooth replacements. They also provide preventive treatments that can help preserve your oral health and prevent the need for more extensive dental treatments.
Preventative treatments can include fluoride treatments and sealants for both children and adults. Fluoride is a mineral that helps prevent tooth decay by making your teeth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque and sugars. Sealants create a barrier over the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to help prevent cavities in children. Other preventive treatments include gum disease treatment and night guards for patients with bruxism.
Types of General Dentistry Procedures
Root canal treatment, or endodontic therapy, is a dental treatment performed to remove infected tissue from inside a tooth. As the infection progresses, it can spread to the pulp of the tooth, which contains nerves and blood vessels. If left untreated, the infection may reach the jawbone and even become life-threatening if it reaches the bloodstream. During a root canal procedure, our dentist will remove the affected tissue from the tooth and then seal the tooth to prevent further damage.
A crown is a permanent covering that fits over a tooth that is badly damaged, discolored, or misshapen. Dental crowns restore the tooth to its standard shape and size and are also often used to improve the strength or appearance of the tooth. They are commonly made from porcelain fused with metal for strength and aesthetics. All porcelain crowns can be matched to the shade of your other teeth.
Fillings are among the most common types of general dentistry procedures. Our dentist may use fillings to restore a tooth damaged by decay, cracks, or fractures. The most common type of filling is composite resin because it is tooth-colored and blends in with the natural shade of your teeth.
Your smile is one of your most important assets, so visit our dentist regularly for routine exams and cleanings. This will help you maintain optimal oral health for a lifetime. Visit Homan Family Dentistry at 11840 NICHOLAS ST., STE. 210, Omaha, NE 68154, or call (402) 498-0400 to schedule an appointment.