Dr. James Heaton
Serving the Areas of Chandler and Tempe, AZ

What Does a General Dentist Do?

March 28, 2019

Unlike other dental specialists who are mostly focused on a specific aspect of dentistry. A general dentist provides a wide variety of dental services that are vital to good oral health. General dentists provide dental care services to people of all ages including:

What Does a General Dentist Do

Preventive Dental Care: In a routine dental visit your mouth will be thoroughly examined for any flaws which can help you prevent many oral diseases before it develops into a much bigger problem. Your general dentist will instruct on how you can improve your oral hygiene and also suggest preventive dental treatments such as dental sealants if required.

Cosmetic Dental Services: Many general dentists provide an array of cosmetic dental services to help you get the charming smile you always wanted. These include cosmetic bonding, teeth whitening, dental veneers and much more.

Restorative Dentistry: When a dental problem is detected, your general dentist will make sure you get the immediate fix in appropriate time. Most common dental restoration includes dental filling, tooth decay, dental bridges and crowns, dentures, root canal and much more.

Overall Dental Health: General dentists can identify hidden oral problems and provide appropriate treatment, recommendations and referral when required. For example, untreated oral issues can result in poorer control of diabetes, complications during pregnancy, increased incidence of heart disease.

General Dentistry has transformed a lot over the years. There were times when a dentist was also a local barber, veterinarian and a town doctor. Now the time has changed and a dentist is no longer a barber. A dentist will take extensive training for years and may work in a residency to master the craft of dentistry.

A dentist may have to learn everything it takes to help people achieve the smile and good oral health. However, a dentist in current era gets extra training to specialize in different areas of dentistry to provide the patient with the best care possible.


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    4940 W Ray Rd #8,
    Chandler, AZ - 85226, USA
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