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General dentists are primary care providers for your smile. Over the course of months or years, they acquire thorough knowledge of your teeth and gums, and offer sound medical advice on ways to maintain or restore optimal oral health.
Like a physician in general practice, they have a breadth of knowledge in every field of their discipline. They have mastered oral surgery, cosmetic dentistry, restorative techniques, and much more. They can fill a cavity, treat an abscess and polish teeth to a dazzling brilliance. They also have the time to get to know you and your family, and are equally adept at educating a patient about the risks of periodontal disease and calming a squirming toddler during her first time in the “big chair.”
As a close medical partner to you and your family, your dentist is also able to track your overall health, and identify issues such as periodontal disease that can increase your risk for heart disease and other serious conditions.
Preventive Strategies for Dental Health
General dentists focus intensely on prevention. In fact, the vast majority of a dentist’s time is devoted to preventive/diagnostic procedures. The best general dentists are proactive in treating developing conditions and conservative in their application of surgical solutions.
Preventive strategies center around regular office appointments, which patients are encouraged to schedule at least twice a year. These visits allow your dentist to evaluate the health of your teeth and gums, check for cavities, discover developing problems at early stages, clean and polish your teeth and apply fluoride to protect them from future decay. If a cavity is found, your general dentist is ready to restore your tooth with a filling, crown or root canal, depending on the severity.
In addition to these routine tasks, general dentists also provide a range of restorative and cosmetic services:
Cosmetic procedures go beyond issues of dental decay, gum health, bone loss and other fundamental dental concerns to focus on restoring beauty and balance to your smile. Cosmetic techniques are comprehensive and highly customized. Examples include tooth whitening procedures and products that transform yellow or stained teeth; cosmetic bonding and porcelain veneers that cover flaws and flash the perfect smile to the world; smile makeover to comprehensively treat myriad dental issues; and Invisalign orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth.
Restorative procedures focus on oral health and functionality. Restorative specialists like the experienced Chicago dentists of Contos Smile Center use advanced techniques to keep teeth and gums healthy, roots firmly anchored in the bone and bites in perfect alignment. The range of restorative procedures includes fillings and root canals for decaying teeth; implants, dentures and bridges for missing teeth; crowns to fortify cracked or chipped teeth; and deep scaling and root planing to shrink gum pockets and reverse periodontal disease.
For more information on general dentistry or to schedule an appointment in our Chicago office, call (773) 973-0531 or email Contos Smile Center today.
We are dedicated to providing the highest level of service and quality to our patient community by cultivating strong relationships, communicating thoughtful treatment solutions, and providing an enjoyable atmosphere, we can empower our patients to take ownership of their oral health.
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