General Dentistry

 

What is a General Dentist?

A general dentist is your primary care dental provider. They help diagnose, treat, and prevent a wide range of dental conditions that affect the teeth, gums, jaw, and face. It is the general dentist’s responsibility to accurately diagnose and refer patients to the appropriate resources if the diagnose is outside their scope of practice.

Amalgam Free Dentistry

At Desert Dental Group, we are committed to providing you with the latest proven technology that is safe for your health and ours. Therefore, we promote a mercury and amalgam free environment for our patients and staff.

Preventive Visits

Here at our practice, we emphasize prevention. Regular checkups and excellent daily oral hygiene are the best defense against serious problems with your teeth and gums. Education is a vital part of preventive care. During your regular visits, we will discuss general best practices and answer any questions you might have, all with the goal of helping you maintain excellent oral health.

Dental Exams and Cleanings

One of the best things patients can do for their smiles is to visit our dentist office regularly. Your dentist will make sure to perform the necessary examinations and cleanings to guarantee your smile is getting the proper care it needs. An evaluation on each tooth will be performed for any integrity issues, the gum line will be looked over for any signs of gum disease, and the rest of mouth will be checked for any other oral health issues. This ensures that all dental problems that can be prevented will be prevented. Dental exams can also include patient education, discussion of dietary habits, and the planning of potential dental procedures.

Digital X-Rays

Digital X-rays are one of the advanced diagnostic tools we use to provide you with the best possible care. Digital radiography has changed the way we take dental X-rays by making the process faster, more comfortable, and more convenient than ever before. Digital X-rays use a digital sensor to take images of your teeth, unlike traditional X-rays that use film. They also use significantly less radiation than conventional film X-rays, and they require the use of no chemicals for developing the images. Our dentist can then instantly view the high-quality images on monitors right in the treatment room to provide you with efficient, accurate diagnoses and care. We also offer 3D CT Scans.

3D Scans

Our imaging unit delivers a superb level of detail, providing valuable diagnostics information for a range of clinical diagnosis. Including; single and double TMJ, dual jaw, single jaw, focused-field, sinus and volumetric studying for orthodontics.

Crowns

A dental crown is tooth-shaped cap that is permanently cemented over a tooth to restore its strength, integrity, shape and appearance. When fillings or other restorations cannot repair a tooth, the dentist may recommend using a crown to repair the damage. Crowns are used to hold weak or broken teeth together to avoid further fracturing. Crowns are also used to support large fillings, attach a bridge, or cover discolored or deformed teeth. Crowns may also be placed over dental implants. They last about five to eight years, and with good oral hygiene crowns may last longer. A crown can help strengthen your teeth and improve the aesthetics of your mouth. We offer a variety of crown material choices that are best suited for your dental condition.

Sealants

A dental sealant is used in dentistry to protect the surfaces of the teeth. Dental sealants are applied to decay-prone surfaces of the teeth, usually the back molars and pre-molars. Sealants come in the form of a liquid which quickly hardens to form a shield over these chewing surfaces. Sealants keep out germs and food that can cause tooth decay. Food and germs can get stuck in certain areas because toothbrush bristles cannot brush them away. Food germs in the mouth change the sugar in food to acid which can start a cavity in the tooth. Sealants prevent decay from ever starting.

Composite fillings

A composite filling is a restoration used to repair minor to moderate tooth damage. We may recommend a filling if your tooth has been damaged by tooth decay (for example, if your tooth has a cavity), or if your tooth suffers from minor fracturing or chipping. The dental filling is used to restore the tooth to its original structure and function and to return your smile to good health.

Dentures and Partial Dentures

Dentures are removable oral appliances used to replace multiple missing teeth. If you are missing several teeth or all of your teeth, dentures might be just what you need to restore the function, beauty, and health of your smile. There are two kinds of dentures: complete dentures and partial dentures.
A complete denture is used to replace all of the teeth in a full dental arch. We may suggest a complete denture to replace all of the teeth in both arches or just one, depending on your individual needs. Our dentist may suggest using a denture adhesive for improved stability.

A partial denture is used if you are missing multiple teeth but have remaining natural teeth. A partial denture often includes a thin framework or clasps that attach to the natural teeth for a secure fit.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder marked by interruptions and pauses in breathing during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by obstructions in the airway, such as the tongue rolling back in the throat or collapsed tissues in the airway. Untreated sleep apnea can contribute to several serious health conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and liver problems. Sleep apnea treatment may depend on the severity of the condition. If you suffer from mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, our dentist may recommend an oral appliance. The oral appliance works to treat obstructive sleep apnea by fitting over your teeth and keeping your airway open while you sleep. It can work by preventing the tongue from blocking the air passage or by holding your jaw in a position that prevents airway blockages during sleep.