General dentistry services help to resolve dental problems before they become serious.
Our locations in Las Vegas, Laughlin and Lake Havasu provide general dentistry services to help you stay on top of your oral health. These treatments, exams, and procedures are essential for keeping your mouth clean & healthy, and can help to prevent costlier procedures later on.
General dentistry services are all about preventative care. This includes regular dental cleanings, oral cancer screenings, fluoride treatments, cavity fillings, root canals, x-rays, tooth removal and more. All of these services can help to find or prevent damaging dental conditions, such as infections, tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer.
Many of these services are a part of your regular checkups. Other general dentistry services can help to fix dental issues that have already started, such as cavities or tooth decay, and prevent them from getting worse. With regular checkups and preventative care, you can stop problems before they start, and prevent existing problems from causing further damage.
Our General Dentistry Services Include:
- Regular checkups to prevent oral health problems before they start. These checkups include teeth cleaning, to remove plaque and tartar, and x-rays to monitor tooth growth or decay.
- Oral cancer screenings to look for signs of oral cancer and detect issues as early as possible.
- Cavity fillings to prevent further tooth decay or tooth loss.
- Root canals, to protect teeth in cases of severe tooth decay or damage.
- Tooth extractions when a tooth is causing pain, discomfort, or in danger of affecting other teeth.
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Getting a regular dental checkup every six months is one of the best things you can do for your oral health. At a regular checkup, your dentist will perform preventative general dentistry services to clean your teeth, look for problems, and schedule any services needed to resolve problems.
It’s vital to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. However, even with diligent cleaning, some plaque and bacteria are bound to accumulate in hard-to-reach areas. Your dentist uses special tools to clean your teeth even better than you can at home. These tools help to safely remove hardened plaque and make your teeth shine.
Some dental problems are immediately visible, while others are concealed inside teeth or below the gums. X-rays can show if these problems exist, and where they are. Depending on your dental history, your dentist may recommend x-rays every six months, year, two years, or longer. Or, if you are having dental pain in a particular area, an x-ray might show what is causing it.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer can affect your gums, tongue, lips, and other structures in or around your mouth. Some habits, such as using tobacco products, or having a family history of oral cancer can increase your risk for certain types of oral cancer. If you notice sores in your mouth, discoloration, bleeding, or other odd signs, see your dentist.
Bacteria feed on sugars from the foods and drinks you consume, and they multiply over time. Brushing and flossing kills these bacteria and prevents them from building up. However, if the bacteria aren’t brushed or flossed away, they’ll produce acids as they multiply. These acids break down teeth and create cavities—holes in your teeth. When you get a cavity filled, your dentist cleans the area, kills the bacteria, and fills the hole, so the damage doesn’t get worse.
Sometimes, bacteria invade the inner structures of a tooth, including the tooth root, pulp, blood vessels and nerves that connect the tooth to the jaw and keep it healthy. This often results from an untreated cavity or damage to the tooth, like a crack or chip. A root canal procedure can remove the damage and help to save the tooth.
While filling cavities and root canal procedures can help to save and reinforce damaged teeth, sometimes tooth extraction is the best option. If you’re experiencing a lot of pain from infection or damage, tooth extraction is an affordable way to stop the spread of bacteria and stop the pain.
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Benefits of General Dentistry Services
General dentistry is essential not only to your oral healthcare, but your overall healthcare. Cavities, infections and oral cancer can damage your teeth and gums, and can also impact your general health. Scheduling regular appointments and teeth cleanings, getting regular x-rays, undergoing oral cancer screening and having cavities filled will all help to protect your health for years to come.
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