A general dentist provides preventive dental care, treats diseases of the teeth and gums, and provides restorative dental care for patients who have lost teeth or have had teeth extracted due to infection. At LaBry Family Dentistry, Patients who visit our general dentist can also expect to be treated for any emergency dental procedures that may arise, including dental trauma and toothaches. Our office offers many types of dental services to meet our patient's needs and ensure they do not need to go elsewhere for their oral health care needs.
What Treatments Can a General Dentist Provide?
Checkups and Cleanings
These regular appointments are essential for maintaining good oral health and preventing future problems. During these appointments, your dentist will examine your teeth for signs of decay or disease and thoroughly clean them to remove plaque buildup.
If you have gum disease, your dentist can provide a deep cleaning called scaling and root planing. During scaling, your dentist will remove the buildup of plaque from above and below your gum line. Root planing involves smoothing out rough spots on the roots of your teeth. This makes it easier for your gums to reattach to them. If the pockets around your teeth are still deep after this treatment, you may need surgery to restore your oral health.
If a tooth is too damaged to repair with a filling or other procedure, you may need to remove it. A tooth extraction can prevent infection and keep your other teeth healthy. Once your tooth is removed, you will need to replace it with an implant, bridge, partial denture, or complete denture to prevent further tooth loss.
TMJ Disorder Treatment
If you suffer from chronic jaw pain, you may have TMJ disorder caused by a problem with the temporomandibular joint. In severe cases, you may need surgery to correct the problem. If your case is less severe, you might benefit from options such as bite guards, orthodontics, or physical therapy.
The Benefits of Visiting a General Dentist
Regular check-ups and cleanings are vital to maintaining a beautiful, healthy smile! Dental cleanings help remove plaque and tartar that brushing alone can’t treat. By removing these substances, you reduce the risk of gum disease and tooth decay as well as your risk of tooth loss as you age. In addition, we screen for oral cancer at every visit. These exams typically only take a few minutes but are very important to catch any early signs of cancer in the mouth so treatment can begin as soon as possible.
Your general dentist can perform a wide range of procedures to maintain the health of your teeth and gums. For the best dental care tailored to your unique needs, visit LaBry Family Dentistry at 100 Tennyson Drive, Broussard, LA 70518, or call (337) 330-8480.