The most common reason most of us visit a general dentistry office is for our regular check-ups and cleanings. But if those dental check-ups reveal signs of oral disease, we may need to get gum disease treatment. And if oral disease damages our teeth, or if our teeth experience injury as a result of trauma, we may need to get our teeth repaired.
These are all examples of general dentistry, which is focused on the health and longevity of your teeth. Since we only get two sets of teeth for our entire lives, and the second set starts coming in by age 10, it’s important to give our teeth the best care possible so they can last. If you are looking for a dentist in Los Gatos that can help you maintain your teeth, please call (408) 354-5600 for an appointment with dentist Dr. Nancy Nehawandian at Top Down Dental.
Preventive dentistry is the most important type of general dentistry. Your natural teeth are special, unlike anything your body can make again, and superior even to the most advanced restorations available today. That’s why we work hard to preserve them.
Your dental hygiene visits are the cornerstone of general dentistry. They allow us to remove hard buildup on your teeth that you can’t remove at home, and also to check for areas of concern. If we detect oral disease early enough, the only treatment may be a slight change in your at-home hygiene routine.
Athletic mouthguards are another form of preventive general dentistry because they can protect your teeth from damage. We offer neuromuscular mouthguards that not only protect your teeth, but can help optimize the alignment of your jaw in ways that may aid your performance.
For many people, wisdom teeth extraction is recommended before the teeth begin to come in and cause problems with crowding or misaligned teeth. This general dentistry procedure contributes to your cosmetic smile, but isn’t really a cosmetic dentistry procedure.
Treating Oral Disease
General dentistry also offers treatment options. If your checkups show us that you have oral disease, we offer gum disease treatment. Gum disease treatment is vital because gum disease is a cornerstone illness that can contribute to many health problems throughout your body, including heart disease, diabetes, pneumonia, and potentially even cancer. Treating gum disease is central to our Top Down Dental approach, and can also often resolves problems with chronic bad breath.
We offer tooth-colored fillings that can provide cosmetic repairs when oral bacteria damage your tooth enamel. Again, general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry intersect.
When oral bacteria penetrate into the center of your teeth, what is known as an infected or abscessed tooth, a root canal is used to clean out the infection and make the tooth functional again.
Repairing Damaged Teeth
When you experience a dental trauma or other acute dental condition, we offer emergency dental services as part of our general dentistry. Whether damage was caused by trauma or tooth decay, we have several options for repairing your teeth. Broken, cracked teeth and gaps can be repaired with dental crowns.
If your tooth has been lost, we also offer dental bridges, permanently fixed tooth replacements that are attractive and fully functional.
Accepting New General Dentistry Patients
We are always happy to welcome new members to our ever-expanding dental family. If you are looking for general dentistry in Los Gatos to monitor the health of your mouth and teeth, please call (408) 354-5600 for an appointment at Top Down Dental today.