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Do You Have Extensive Oral Health Issues? A General Dentist is the Place to Start

October 10, 2018

Do You Have Extensive Oral Health Issues? A General Dentist is the Place to Start

If it’s been six months since your last dental cleaning and exam then you know you need to contact your local general dentist. But what about a person who has more extensive oral health issues? It is common for a person with serious dental issues to assume that they must go straight to a specialist but this is not the case. The reality is that visiting your local general dentist is the best way forward. We can assess your needs and offer you a referral to the correct specialist if necessary.

The definition of general dentistry

The term general dentistry refers to a dentist who diagnoses, treats, and prevents all manner of oral health conditions, disorders, and diseases. They can handle everything from a general cleaning to oral surgery. The specific services offered by a particular dentist will vary based on what they have been trained on, what they are experienced with, and what their interests are.

How to know if you need a specialist

This is not something you should diagnose on your own. Instead, you should talk to your general dentist to find out if you need to see a specialist. We can begin by assessing all underlying conditions and prioritizing them. For example, you may know that you are missing several teeth and that you need dental implants, but what you may not know is that you could have gum disease. If you do, then that has to be cleared up before you will be a good candidate for dental implants. This is why a general dentist is the best person to tell you how to proceed if you have multiple dental needs.

We can provide you with a host of services

One of the great things about working with California Dental Group is that we have oral surgeons, family dentists, and everything in between. We can provide a wide range of services for your general dentistry needs. For example, we can begin with a dental cleaning and exam and then move on to treat or help prevent gum disease. We can help with root canals, orthodontics, implants, and other cosmetic dentistry needs. Whether you want to whiten your teeth or learn more about virtually-invisible braces, we are here to help.

Your next call should be to your new dentist

There is no such thing as oral health issues that are too severe to be treated. Whether you’ve been going to the dentist every six months for your entire life or you have not been in decades, we are here to treat you with the respect, kindness, and compassion you deserve. We look forward to helping you find the solutions required for you to have confidence in your smile once again. Contact California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161 to make a dental appointment.

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