General dentistry is a preventive dental care treatment that focuses on your overall oral health. It involves visiting our dentist for routine cleanings and checkups, as well as receiving any needed preventive treatments.
Our general dentist performs a wide variety of procedures, including routine checkups and teeth cleanings, fillings, crowns, bridges, root canal therapy, and much more! We provide preventative care and enjoy getting to know our patients on a personal level to help them maintain healthy smiles for years to come.
Types of General Dentistry Procedures
Some patients are diligent about brushing and flossing but struggle with gum disease, cavities, or plaque buildup in between their appointments. At your general dentistry appointment, we can provide you with a thorough dental cleaning and exam to ensure the long-term health of your smile. Cleanings will get rid of any buildup of plaque or tartar that regular brushing and flossing cannot remove. If left unchecked, these substances can lead to tooth decay, receding gums, and other serious issues for your oral health. Regular cleanings can also help eliminate bad breath, which is often caused by a buildup of plaque on your tongue or between your teeth.
Dental fillings are the most common type of general dentistry procedure. They are needed when a tooth has become damaged by decay. A filling is beneficial because it can prevent further damage and preserve the strength and structure of your tooth. There are many types of filling materials to choose from, including tooth-colored composite resin and gold amalgam. The type of material your dentist recommends will depend on the location of the tooth being treated as well as your budget and preferences. The dentist will prepare the tooth by numbing it and removing any tooth decay. Then they will administer the filling material and mold it into shape. Finally, the dentist will polish the material, so it matches your natural tooth. You will walk out of the office with a fully restored tooth that will continue to serve you well for many years.
A root canal is a procedure that removes decay from the interior of a tooth. This treatment can save the tooth and keep it functional for many years. Once the tooth is cleaned out, it is sealed with a crown to restore the appearance and function of the tooth. There are multiple benefits of this treatment, such as:
While a root canal sounds intimidating, it's a relatively comfortable procedure when done by an experienced provider.
A dental crown is a type of restoration that is used to cover a tooth that has sustained significant damage and needs support and strength. Once the crown is placed on the tooth, it restores the shape and color of the damaged tooth and improves its appearance. It also prevents further damage from occurring to the weakened tooth.
If you've lost most or all of your teeth, you can benefit from dentures. They are customized dental appliances that replace missing teeth and restore the appearance and function of your smile. There are two types of dentures: complete and partial. Complete dentures are used to replace all of an arch's teeth, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. In both cases, the denture is removable, so you must take it out of your oral cavity to clean it each night.
Call Dr. Ronald F. Jacob, DMD, at (386) 445-6111 if you wish to learn more about general dentistry procedures. We are located at 17 Old King's Road N, Palm Coast, FL 32137.