At Pearland Dental Group, we believe that the foundation of a healthy smile is regular exams and proper oral hygiene. Our main goal is to prevent disease and oral health issues, which is why our Pearland, TX dentists offer general dentistry services to patients and their families. Through early treatment and prevention, you and your loved ones can enjoy a strong, beautiful smile all through the year.
General dentistry is a broad field that emphasizes prevention and regular care for patients of all ages. Also referred to as family and preventive dentistry, general dentistry involves services such as basic cleanings and exams, more involved treatments like tooth extraction, and even specialized solutions for snoring and sleep apnea.
Your general dentist is there to help you maintain the health and beauty of your smile all year round. As your primary dentist, a general dentist will keep meticulous track of the state of your teeth and gums and serve as the first line of defense against oral health issues.
Regular dental cleanings and exams serve as the foundation for any modern dental plan. During your exam, your Pearland dentist will use tried and true techniques and tools to determine the state of your smile. These tools include digital X-rays, imaging, handheld mirrors, etc. Your exam will allow your general dentist to understand what’s going on and note any possible issues so they can be addressed as soon as possible.
After your dental exam, our hygienist will begin your professional dental cleaning. Our hygienist will use specially designed instruments to remove buildup. Professional cleanings are more intricate procedures that remove bacteria-laden plaque and tartar from places a toothbrush and floss normally couldn’t reach. The professional cleaning process often helps prevent oral diseases like tooth infection and periodontal disease.
Once they remove the buildup, your hygienist will polish and floss your teeth. They’ll rinse your mouth out afterward with a simple fluoride rinse, which will help protect your smile from decay. We recommend you see us at least once every six months, so we can more accurately track your oral health and better care for your smile.
Oral cancer screenings are a standard part of every dental exam. Oral and oropharyngeal cancers have a much higher rate of survivability the sooner they’re treated. With a thorough understanding of your mouth, your general dentist will be on the lookout and test any potentially abnormal tissues. Common tools for oral cancer screenings include:
Fillings and sealants help protect your smile from damage, staining, decay, and other common problems. Pearland Dental Group’s dental fillings are composite, which means they blend in with your smile. Unlike traditional metal fillings, composite dental fillings won’t react to hot and cold temperatures, shock your mouth, or stain your teeth over time.
Sealants are simple plastic-like barriers that our Pearland general dentists can paint onto your back teeth, where cavities are most likely to occur. These clear or tooth-colored barriers protect your smile from decay and staining by keeping buildup away. Sealants can also make these teeth easier to clean.
Root canal therapy allows our dentists to repair and protect teeth that are heavily damaged or infected. During root canal treatment, your Pearland general dentist will remove any infected dental pulp from the inside of the tooth. Once the tooth is completely clean and sterile, they’ll fill the tooth with a medicated material and cover the tooth with a dental crown to protect it. That way, the natural tooth remains in place and halts any infection or further damage.
Tooth extraction, while not often looked upon fondly, can help patients with teeth that can’t be saved find relief. Our Pearland general dentists can quickly and painlessly remove problem teeth such as wisdom teeth, teeth that are heavily infected, and other problematic teeth. Once they remove these teeth, you’ll likely experience less pain and discomfort. Removing those teeth will also protect your remaining teeth and overall oral health.
Snoring and sleep apnea are common chronic issues that your general dentist can help you address. Due to their familiarity with your oral health, they’ll be able to discern possible signs of snoring and sleep apnea and ask you any questions about your sleep patterns and how you feel during the day.
If it’s discovered that you deal with symptoms of snoring or sleep apnea, your general dentist can prescribe treatments such as custom-made oral appliances to open your airways and help you sleep more soundly at night. They can also suggest lifestyle changes that may be helpful, as well as any surgeries they deem beneficial.
The temporomandibular joints connect your jaw to your skull and allow you to eat, speak and smile. When you’re experiencing TMD (temporomandibular joint disorders) your dentist can prescribe TMJ therapy using methods such as oral appliances and give you advice on how to manage your symptoms. They’ll discern the heart of the matter, whether it’s bruxism, stress, jaw injury, or any other issues. That way, your relief is fast and long-lasting.
General dentistry has a strong emphasis on prevention, so your insurance will likely cover at least part of the costs. You should contact your insurance provider beforehand to ask them which costs they can cover. If you’re uninsured or underinsured, talk to your dentist about financing options.
You should see your general dentist at least once every six months for routine cleanings and exams. Keeping up a routine of bi-yearly dental exams can help your dentist catch any problems early on and potentially prevent the need for more invasive or costly procedures down the line. Depending on the current state of your dental health, your dentist may recommend you see them more often.
Some of the most common services your general dentist may provide include the following:
It’s important to note that general dentists provide a wide array of services. Depending on your case, you should ask them what other issues they can handle and whether or not seeing a specialist is necessary.
Yes! General dentists are also known as family dentists, and they’re here to serve patients of all ages. Your local general dentist will work with your child as they grow, teaching them to care for their smile and pay close attention to the development of their teeth and jaw.
Bringing your child to see a general dentist as soon as they develop teeth can help them achieve and maintain a quality smile well into their adult years.
At Pearland Dental Group, your general dentist is here to help maintain your smile, provide treatment for common oral health issues, and refer you to a specialist as needed. We offer general dentistry services to patients from Pearland and surrounding areas such as Fresno, Houston, Alvin, and League City, TX.
Let our skilled general dentists help keep your teeth strong and healthy for years to come. Contact Pearland Dental Group by dialing (281) 993-9900. You can also schedule an appointment by clicking the button below, and one of our friendly team members will get back to you shortly.
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