General Dentistry at Mountain View, CA
This practice is mostly carried out by general dentists who do not specialize in any single branch of dentistry. Instead, they are trained in multiple different aspects of dentistry. These are the people you need to go to for diagnosis, treatment, and management of your overall oral health care. Procedures performed by general dentists include cleanings and exams, gum care, root canals, fillings, crowns, veneers, bridges and preventative education.
In essence, general dentists deal with routine services that focus on preventative maintenance. These services will help you prevent decay or disease of the teeth, mouth, gums and tongue.
General dentistry may be classified into several different branches including cosmetic procedures, crowns and bridges, dental implants, dentures, gum disease treatment, home care instruction, mouth guards, nutrition counseling, oral surgery, root canal therapy and teeth cleanings. Here are few of the basic practices that may be of interest to you:
Cosmetic dentistry deals with the appearance of your teeth. It focuses on improving dental aesthetics—color, position, shape, size, alignment and overall smile appearance. This includes practices like laser whitening, tooth reshaping, bonding, veneers, and gum lift..
Even other procedures including dental crowns, bridges and fillings may be brought under the branch of cosmetic dentistry. An alternative to orthodontics is cosmetic contouring. In this practice, however, a small amount of enamel would be lost and so it is not recommended for children.
These are essentially tooth fillings that are indistinguishable from your enamel. Unlike the metal fillings that contain mercury and other toxic substances, tooth-colored fillings are completely bio-friendly. Not just that, they also blend in perfectly with your teeth, making you more confident about your smile than ever.
Inlays and Onlays:
There is always a limbo in every circumstance—a place which is not near any extreme. In dentistry, the limbo exists when you have a crack or cavity in your tooth that is too large for a tooth-colored filling to adequately fix and too small in a way that you still have a lot of healthy enamel left that would be lost with a dental crown.
In such a case, dentists might suggest a third option called inlays or onlays which are basically biocompatible porcelain that fit into your prepared tooth like a soul-mate.
Dental crowns are recommended in cases where a patient’s tooth has decayed or been damaged in a way that a normal filling will not be able to protect it. They provide higher protection and reinforcement than fillings, inlays and onlays. These are fixed prosthetic devices that cannot be removed.
Dental bridges are made up of two crowns, one on each tooth on either side of the gap, with false tooth/teeth in between. The anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth and the false teeth are called pontics. These can be made from a variety of materials including gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination.
Bridges essentially allow dentists to restore your smile, help you chew better and also improve the shape of your face.
Oral Cancer Screening:
Oral cancer screening is the examination of your mouth and everything within it by trained professionals for signs of cancer or other precancerous conditions. Unfortunately, oral cancer is prominent in its symptoms only in the third or fourth stage making its detection very difficult for dental and oral specialists.
Call Mountain View dentists Dr. Bill Hall, Dr. Tiffany Chan, and Dr. J. Janice Chou at (650) 964-2626 to schedule a consultation today!