The differences between general and cosmetic dentistry Dentistry has evolved a lot over the years. While you used to go see the dentist for cleanings and the occasional filling, you can now benefit from a wide range of treatments. At our dental clinic, we practice both general and cosmetic dentistry. However, many of our patients aren’t clear about the difference. These specializations are similar and require the same basic training, but their focus is different.
What is general dentistry? A general dentist is your primary dental care practitioner and is focused on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of oral disease. They can also provide you with advice and tips on how to keep your teeth and mouth in top shape. At our dental clinic, we consider our general practitioners to be family dentists, because we strive to create an environment where people of all ages are comfortable. When you visit us for any of the following procedures and treatments, you’re benefitting from general (or family) dentistry:
Checkups and cleanings
Root canal treatments
What is cosmetic dentistry? Cosmetic dentistry refers to any dental work that improves the appearance of your teeth. Despite the name, the benefits of this type of procedure aren’t just about looks. It can also make your teeth easier to clean, improve your bite (how your jaw and teeth fit together) and prevent future damage. Here are just some of the treatments that are considered cosmetic offered at our clinic:
There’s no definitive line between the two There are many occasions where you’ll need both general and cosmetic dentistry. For example, if you’ve damaged a tooth in an accident or because of lax dental hygiene, it may require a treatment like a root canal or extraction. Following these types of general dentistry procedures, the tooth will need to be covered with a crown or replaced altogether with a dental implant. Both procedures can be considered cosmetic, but they also preserve your teeth’s full function while ensuring that your mouth remains healthy. Providing the people of Calgary all types of dentistry General and cosmetic dentistry are both important for helping people achieve the healthiest and most beautiful smile possible. We also offer our patients sedation dentistry, which helps mitigate the stress and fear some people feel before a dental procedure. Call us today to find out more about the services we offer at Forest Lawn Dental Centre.