General Dentistry

 

What is General Dentistry?

A general dentist is your primary care dental provider. They help diagnose, treat, and prevent a variety 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.

A healthy smile is an asset that pays dividends throughout your life.  The health of your smile goes well beyond adding to your attractiveness—good oral health influences your overall wellness.  The FDI World Dental Federation and the ADA (American Dental Association) both conclude that how well one cares for their teeth has a direct impact on their quality and length of life[1].

At Desert Dental Group, we help each of our patients to maximize their dental health.  The combined experience of our dental specialists enables us to provide a level of dentistry that is unmatched.  We have provided a wide range of general dental services for the past 30 years that include:

Bonding

 This procedure builds up a broken or chipped tooth to restore its functionality and appearance.  Bonding takes about an hour to shape and cure.  Bonding can be an effective and inexpensive substitute for crowns in certain situations.

Composite Fillings

 This restoration procedure is useful when repairing minor to moderate tooth decay.  We use composite material which mimics the color of natural teeth.  Using composite serves not only to improve the appearance of the tooth, but also to protect the patient against the possible side effect of metal fillings.

Dental Bridges

 Bridges fill gaps between teeth resulting from tooth loss.  There are several types of bridges (some covering single tooth spaces, while others cover several).  The We always provide a detailed examination before recommending bridges.  It is essential for the teeth anchoring the bridge to be healthy since they will facilitate the use of the bridge.  Another option is a dental implant.

Dental Exams & Cleanings

Regular dental exams and cleanings help patients to stay on top of their oral health.  Professional exams identify problem areas and over time build a record of how the patient’s teeth are being cared for.  Through regular exams we are able to help patients prevent future dental issues and minimize other dental problems.

Emergency Dentistry

Dental trauma can occur at any time.  If it does, reacting quickly could mean the difference between losing teeth and keeping them.  We provide emergency dental services to patients of all ages, backgrounds, and circumstances.  Whenever you have dental emergency, call us and follow the instructions given.  What you do before you get to our team can improve your comfort and the effectiveness of the emergency procedures.

Full & Partial Dentures

As removable dental appliances, dentures assist patients with normal functions like eating, speaking clearly, and smiling with confidence.  We have the capability to design partial and full dentures according to need.  Once we perform a comprehensive examination, we’ll recommend the best solutions for your lifestyle, budget, and oral health.  The fit of dentures is extremely important for comfort and functionality.  Hence, we make every effort possible to fit dentures correctly.  After receiving dentures, expect to have a follow-up exam or two for possible adjustments.

Inlays & Onlays

Inlays and onlays are mid-range procedures between fillings and crowns.  Inlays are placed between the cusps near the center of the tooth.  Onlays convey the cusps.  Both inlays and onlays can be used as a filling replacement strategy.  Both procedures are helpful in strengthing teeth once the bond correctly.

Simple Extractions

Our team of dentists always approach each case with the perspective of trying to prevent tooth loss.  Currently, natural teeth are irreplaceable.  In some circumstances though, it is best to extract a tooth.  If that is the case, we’ll explain why the extraction is absolutely necessary and why we are recommending it.

Teen/Adult Sealants

While sealants are typically used on children, there are situations where teens and adults may benefit from sealants.  Sealants serve as protective surfaces to prevent cavities.  They are particularly useful for teens and adults who have deep molar pits. Our practice exhausts every option available to help each patient improve their oral health.

Our General Dentistry services are open to most ages (younger ones fall under the umbrella of our Children’s Dentistry).  If you would like to make an appointment for any of our General Dentistry services, call us (800) 507-6453 or schedule an appointment online at our Hesperia and Victorville offices.

21st Century Diagnostic Technology & Methods

An outstanding feature of Desert Dental Group is our inclusion of the state-of-the-art dental technologies, tools, and methodologies.  Currently, our offices are equipped with:

Digital X-rays

This equipment enables us to produce x-rays faster than traditional x-rays.  Additionally, the process is more comfortable for patients and significantly reduces their exposure to radiation.

3D CT Scans

The more information obtained, the better the diagnosis.  Our 3D CT scanners offer pristine images deep into dental tissues and bone.  Such technology is essential for the proper treatment of several dental problems.

Modern Dental Methods

Our dental team is forward-thinking and continues to stay in step with all modern dental practices and methods.  Each member of our dental staff engages in educational classes annually to improve and learn.  As dentistry progresses so do we.

Do you have questions about any of our General Dental procedures?  Feel free to contact us at (800) 507-6453