General Dentistry Specialist

Fullerton Dental Associates

General Dentistry located in Fullerton, CA

Routine general dentistry appointments provide a proven way to preserve your oral health. Dental cleanings, oral exams, and digital X-rays can lower your risk of cavities and gum disease and alert you to other potentially serious problems early on. At Fullerton Dental Associates in Fullerton, California, the oral health professionals provide general dentistry to people of all ages. If it’s time for a checkup, book online to schedule an appointment, or call the office today.

General Dentistry Q&A

What is general dentistry?

General dentistry diagnoses, treats, and prevents common oral health problems like tooth decay and gum disease. It’s the equivalent of primary care for your mouth. 

Visiting your general dentist at least twice a year is one of the easiest ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy. That is because many problems don’t present obvious symptoms early on. 

Regular checkups can pinpoint serious issues before they cause gum recession or tooth loss. They also present an opportunity to ask questions and build a relationship with your dentist.

What services does general dentistry provide?

Fullerton Dental Associates offers a variety of general dentistry services, including:

Oral exams

During an oral exam, your provider uses a handheld mirror to observe your teeth, gums, and tongue. This assessment provides a convenient way to detect tooth decay, gum (periodontal)  pockets, oral abscesses, and other abnormalities.

Teeth cleaning

Teeth cleaning involves a dental hygienist removing plaque and tartar from your teeth and gum line. Afterward, they polish and floss your teeth and apply a fluoride treatment to preserve your enamel. Everyone needs professional teeth cleaning at least twice a year, even if you brush and floss regularly. 

Oral X-rays

Oral X-rays use low doses of radiation to take detailed photographs of your tooth roots, jaw, and alveolar bone. Fullerton Dental Associates offers several types of X-rays, including digital X-rays, cephalometric X-rays, and computed tomography (CT) scans. 

Oral cancer screening

During an oral cancer screening, your provider assesses your gums, tongue, and jaw for cancerous growths or abnormalities. Anyone can experience oral cancer, but it’s especially common in older individuals who smoke or drink alcohol excessively.

Fluoride treatments

Fluoride treatments use a naturally occurring mineral to strengthen and fortify your tooth enamel. All tap water contains fluoride, but sometimes it isn’t enough to prevent cavities. If you have weak or decaying teeth, fluoride can minimize harm and preserve your smile.

Fillings

If you develop a cavity, fillings can restore the integrity of your tooth and prevent further damage. Before applying a filling, your provider removes the decaying portion of your tooth. They then apply a tooth-colored resin to the damaged area, bolstering its ability to bite and chew.

Laser dentistry

Laser dentistry uses highly-concentrated beams of light to cut through hard or soft tissues. Fullerton Dental Associates uses laser dentistry for various reasons, including treatment and detection of cavities, gum contouring, and scaling and root planing.

How often should I participate in general dentistry?

If you want to keep your teeth and gums healthy and problem-free, Fullerton Dental Associates recommends scheduling a general dentistry appointment every six months. Routine checkups and preventive screenings can preserve your oral health for years to come.

Don’t wait to request your general dentistry consultation at Fullerton Dental Associates. Book online to schedule an appointment, or call the office today.

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