General dentists often provide restorative dentistry. Restorative dentistry is recommended when a patient needs treatment for decay or has a chipped or damaged tooth.
Filling, white fillings, crowns, bridges and root canals all fall under the category of restorative dentistry. Anything that restores your smile or teeth is considered “restorative”.
When visiting a dentist for the first time, you can expect to receive a complete examination. During this initial visit, he or she will check your teeth and gums for any areas of disease (decay or gum disease). He or she will also provide you with a set of dental X-Rays to examine the areas between the teeth and verify actual decay. If decay reaches deep enough, a root canal may be necessary in order to save your tooth. If it’s beyond repair, there are a variety of tooth replacement options available.
It’s important that you receive regular dental care to catch problems early before they become damaging. Preventive care is always more affordable then treatment for dental problems. The sooner treatment is received the better.
If it’s been more than 6 months since you’ve seen a dentist, make an appointment and get on track to a healthy smile. Studies have linked oral health to your overall health. Gum disease and oral bacteria has been linked to heart disease and diabetes.