When you see or hear the terms “general dentistry” and “general dentist,” you may find yourself wondering, “How does a general dentist differ from other oral-health professionals?” or “Do I need to see a general dentist regularly?” The answers to these questions are key in helping you make the best decisions about your oral health care. As your Texarkana and New Boston general dentistry practice, the staff at Ark-La-Tex Pediatric Dentistry and Dr. Brian Steele want to make sure you know everything about general dentistry that you need to in order to enjoy a lifetime of optimal oral health.
What Is General Dentistry?
Similar to a primary healthcare provider, a general dentist is the primary dental care provider for patients of all ages. They care for your overall oral health and are responsible for the diagnosis, treatment, and management of the services required to meet your dental needs.
At Ark-La-Tex Pediatric Dentistry, we work hard to form long-term, trust-based relationships with you by getting to know your lifestyle as well as your oral-health history and goals. We then implement and oversee a personalized dental treatment plan that helps you meet those goals. Most dental treatment plans employ a variety of our general dentistry services as needed.
What Services Fall Under the General Dentistry Category?
Regular visits with general dentist Dr. Steele will help you maintain good oral hygiene and aid in the prevention and early detection of serious oral health issues, like gum disease, tooth decay, and oral cancer. Our dental services include a wide range of preventive and restorative options that can be performed in the dentist’s office and are designed for patients of all ages. Services include:
- Digital x-rays
- Dental fillings
- Fixed and removable dental bridges
- Inlays and onlays
- Oral cancer screenings
- Root canal therapy
- Tooth extractions
- Wisdom teeth removal