The term general dentistry applies to various aspects of oral care provided by a dental professional. General dentistry encompasses various disciplines and includes procedures such as preventive oral care and restorative treatments. In addition, different aspects of pedodontics, periodontics, endodontics and prosthodontics along with oral surgery may be practiced and combined within the treatment plan. Many general practitioners implement the use of cosmetically oriented methods to enhance the aesthetics of the teeth.
Pedodontics – Dental treatment of children and adolescent patients
Periodontics – Treatment of gums and soft tissues within the oral region
Prosthodontics – Restorative procedures focused on fabrication of crowns, bridges and dentures
Endodontics – Root canal treatments
Orthodontics – Typically practiced as a separate discipline and centered on correction of misaligned dentition
Oral surgery – Extractions, implants and jaw reconstructions
Over the years, general dentistry has evolved to a scope of comprehensive proportions. We now know that oral health can greatly affect other organs within the body and is closely tied to the patient’s health as a whole and vice versa.
Dental professionals now work very closely with patient’s medical providers, especially in cases of compromised health status, a St. George dental care professional may refer the patient to their medical provider for clearance before any dental treatment is performed. By the same token, the medical provider may refer the patient to the dentist if any dental discrepancies and diseases are diagnosed during medical treatment. The entire treatment plan is then created to ensure patient’s well being and proper approach to all existing health issues is included.
Our St. George dental care specialists are trained to treat patients of all ages. The process begins with a comprehensive exam, review of medical history, any present drug intake and a full set of radiographs. Based on all collected information, the following options may apply: