Your smile says a lot about you. If your teeth and gums aren’t healthy, it may not make a positive impression. Staying on top of your dental health requires two things: taking good care of your teeth at home and seeing your general or family dentist regularly.

What Is the Purpose of Having a General Dentist?

A general dentist acts as a primary care provider for patients of all ages. General dentists don’t focus on specific branches of dentistry. Instead, they provide a full range of services that cover every aspect of dental health. Your dentist maintains the health of your teeth and gums through tests, treatments, procedures and preventative care measures.

What Tasks Does a General Dentist Perform?

When you visit your general family dentistry provider, you will receive a thorough dental examination. Your dentist may also clean your teeth, take x-rays, fill cavities and perform dental procedures to repair or restore damaged teeth. If you need help in perfecting your home dental hygiene routine, your dentist can offer valuable advice. He or she is also available to treat any unexpected dental symptoms or accidental injuries.

Our Extensive Range of General Dentistry Services

Our providers perform a wide range of general dentistry services to meet the needs of our patients and their families. Listed below are the valuable services that we offer.

How Often Should You Schedule a General Dental Office Visit?

Most people with average to good dental health should visit their dentists twice per year. If you have serious or ongoing dental disease or medical conditions which could affect your dental health, you may need to see your dentist more frequently. Regardless of the date of your last visit, you should schedule an appointment immediately when unexpected symptoms or injuries occur.

How Much Money Will My Dental Visit Require?

The cost of your visit depends on several factors including your insurance plan, standard office charges and what type of treatments you need. Contact us directly for more specific information about treatment and office fees.

How Can I See a General Dentist Near Me?

Our general dentists serve your area, and we’ll be happy to assist you in setting up an appointment with a skilled and experienced provider. Contact our office to get started.

How Long Does a Dentist General Practice Appointment Usually Take?

Once you’re inside the dentist’s exam room, your checkup can take as little as 30 minutes. If you’re having complex treatments or procedures performed, the length of your visit will depend on how long it takes to complete your procedures. For more specific information about treatment times, please contact our office.

Dental Appointment Preparation Tips

To get the most from your appointment, plan to arrive on time. Bring your insurance information, your medical history and a list of prescription and over-the-counter medications and supplements that you currently take. If you suffer from severe dental anxiety, please inform us so that we can be more aware of your needs during treatment.

What Happens If I Don’t Go to the Dentist?

If you avoid getting regular dental exams, you may develop tooth decay and gum disease without realizing it. As these conditions progress, they produce painful symptoms and may eventually require extensive, costly and invasive treatments. Seeing your dentist every six months ensures that dental problems are detected at an early stage when they are the easiest and least expensive to manage. Get on the right path to prevent pain, embarrassment and financial strain by scheduling your appointment today.

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