Fillings and crowns are common examples of curative care performed by general dentists. Fillings are used to repair a tooth that has suffered a cavity, has cracked, broken, or become worn down. In this case, the doctor will remove the damaged portion of the tooth and fill the area using a material such as gold, porcelain, silver amalgam, or composite resins. Crowns are used to restore the natural appearance of the tooth but also help to protect the tooth from becoming more damaged. A crown is a little cap that fits over the damaged tooth and will cover the entire visible part of the tooth.
General dentistry is the first line of defense against oral health complications. A general dentist performs a variety of treatments for patients including preventative and curative care. Cleanings are an example of preventive care performed by general dentists. Dental Cleanings are recommended every six months to remove plaque and tartar that was missed during your oral hygiene routine. Getting cleanings regularly will prevent your teeth from staining, prevent cavities, and help prevent tooth loss caused by gum disease. During a cleaning, your dentist will also perform an examination to identify any dental diseases as early as possible.