There is no good excuse for neglecting regular visits to your general dentist. It’s the best way to keep your oral health in tip-top shape so that you can enjoy the benefits of a lifelong attractive and functional smile. General dentists offer a broad range of services. These fall into several categories: preventive and diagnostic, restorative, and cosmetic. Each grouping has its own procedures and treatments that allow the dentist to cater to those dental goals.
Preventive and Diagnostic
The goal of preventive dentistry is to stop dental issues from developing or worsening. Typical preventive procedures include thorough examinations, applying dental sealants to protect teeth, scaling to remove plaque and tartar with an ultrasonic tool, and fluoride treatments to help prevent tooth decay. Diagnostic tools are employed to identify issues that are not as easy to spot upon examination, such as X-rays and oral cameras.
Correcting existing dental problems is the purpose of restorative treatment. General dentists perform many procedures that fall into this category, some of which are:
- Fillings to repair cavities and restore tooth function, or to repair tooth chips or breaks
- Root canal therapy to remove infected tooth pulp and replace it with safe material that serves to save a badly damaged tooth
- Dental implants that are inserted into the jaw bone to simulate a new tooth root for a missing tooth, and an artificial tooth on top to give you back full function and appearance
- Crowns to cover a damaged tooth with a natural looking and feeling restoration, while saving the existing tooth
The focus of cosmetic dental procedures is on the aesthetics of your smile. Veneers, teeth whitening, metal filling replacement, bonding, gum contouring, orthodontics, and more all play a role in cosmetic dentistry.
Keep in mind that dental insurance may be an important aspect of care for you and your family. If so, the dentists at Broadmoor Family Dental in Shreveport, LA are happy to help by accepting insurance coverage from Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Louisiana, MetLife, and Cigna. Speak to our office staff today to see if your dental plan applies.