If you haven’t got your health, you haven’t got anything. That’s certainly true of your smile, because if you don’t keep your mouth healthy, you won’t have a smile. General dentistry is the branch of dentistry focused on maintaining the health of your smile through preventive care and restorative procedures.
Whether you are looking for a new dental home to provide preventive care or have damage to a tooth or teeth that needs repair, we can help with a full range of general dentistry procedures. Please call (845) 634-6006 today for an appointment with a general dentist at New City Family Dental.
Family Dentistry vs. General Dentistry
Family dentistry is just general dentistry that is focused on patients of all ages. At New City Family Dental, we offer general dentistry to patients of all ages so that your family can share the same dental home. That way, everyone can get preventive and restorative dental care at the same convenient location, and you can even overlap visits with your kids if you want.
We also offer convenient evening hour appointments, and we’re open Saturday mornings so you and your family can more easily fit your dental visits into your busy schedules.
Preventive Dental Care
Protecting your teeth through preventive dentistry is far better than trying to fix them with restorative dentistry. The most economical form of preventive dental care is good hygiene.
Your home care routine is the most important part of good hygiene. To keep your teeth healthy, you should brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, and floss every day. You can brush additional times during the day, but avoid using toothpaste because it’s abrasive, and too much can harm your enamel.
Also important for your hygiene are regular dental visits where we will perform more thorough cleaning of your teeth. This includes removing hardened plaque–known as tartar or dental calculus–that contributes to tooth damage and gum disease.
Regular dental visits also allow us to check on the state of your teeth. We can recommend changes to your at home hygiene routine if necessary to head off oral health problems.
We also offer preventive dental procedures in our office, such as dental sealants. Dental sealants are plastic coatings that go over your back teeth to prevent food and plaque from accumulating in the cracks and crevices of your back teeth. This reduces the risk you will develop cavities in these teeth.
Restorative Dental Care
General dentistry in New City also includes restorative dental procedures that can repair damage done to your teeth by decay, erosion, and other causes. This includes procedures like:
Although 96% of American adults experience decay in one or more teeth, preventive dental care can eliminate or reduce the need for these procedures. And regular checkups improves the odds that you will only need a minor restorative procedure, such as a filling rather than a crown.
Modern tooth-colored fillings can not only fill holes, they can seal and strengthen a tooth. But if a tooth has been significantly weakened by decay, a dental crown is necessary to restore the tooth to function and protect it from future decay.
Root canal therapy is used when the tooth has been penetrated by oral bacteria. The tooth infection needs to be removed, but once it is removed, the tooth can continue to function normally for years, even decades. And though many people are afraid of root canal therapy, the modern procedure is not painful–it actually reduces your pain.
But if we can’t save your tooth, we offer many tooth replacement options, including dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants.
If you are looking for general dentistry in New City, please email us or call (845) 634-6006 today for an appointment at New City Family Dental.