General dentistry deals with the power of prevention and wants you to have healthy teeth and gums for life. Everyone is unique, and for each problem, general dentistry offers a wide range of treatment options. A general dentist ensures you to have a positive experience, maintaining a judgment-free environment which can help in making the right decision for your dental problem. The dentist educates the patient about the rest of the options, treat them as a family.

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What are the common general dentistry options?

Dental crowns:When there is extensive decay or fractures in the tooth, then a porcelain dental crown is the best option to protect and restore your smile and health. A dental crown covers the natural tooth entirely and fits till the base of your gum line. The dental crown looks and feels just like the natural tooth.

TMJ:Temporomandibular joint helps in the movement of your jaw and mouth and allows you to speak and chew normally. When there is some problem in this joint, the dentist conducts a detailed examination and suggests treatments like a deprogrammer, occlusal splint, nightguard, acupuncture, or Botox therapy.

Root Canal: If your teeth experience sensitivity to hot and cold, hurt while chewing and get chipped or fractured, then you need to undergo a root canal. If tooth decay is detected early enough, then it could be fixed using a small composite filling or other dental restoration methods. A root canal gets necessary when the decay and infection start spreading beyond the outer layers of the tooth enamel, invading the pulp and root.

Dentures: Denture is a dental prosthesis that is used as a replacement for missing teeth that can be removed and replaced. This can help you feel more confident about yourself, regain your healthy eating habits, and also improve the way of speaking.

Dental Bridges: Missing teeth can affect the movement of other teeth in the mouth, disturbing bite. In such a situation, a dental bridge is an excellent option. The bridge takes the support of the teeth on either side of the missing tooth, to hold the replacement tooth in place, for “bridging” the gap and restoring a healthy smile.

Sleep Apnea: Through general dentistry, a potential airway issue can be identified and get it treated. The dentist can easily identify issues like UARS (Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome) and RERA (Respiratory Effort Related Arousal), which can be treated early, preventing the progression into sleep apnea.

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