Healthy teeth not only create an aesthetically beautiful smile, but they are also essential to your overall health and wellbeing. Poor oral hygiene can contribute to periodontal disease, which if untreated, can increase your risk for heart disease, stroke, and other health complications. General dentistry is a vital aspect of your oral health, providing both preventative and restorative services for patients of all ages.
Benefits of General Dentistry
- Evaluates your teeth and gums for abnormalities
- Identifies dental concerns early
- Treats dental caries at their earliest stage before they worsen
- Prevents the onset of gum disease
- Eases the pain and discomfort caused by dental problems
- Maintains a white and bright smile
General dentistry covers many aspects of the dental industry. The Dental Studio of Jersey City offers treatments that evaluate, prevent complications, and restore teeth to keep you smiling longer.
Comprehensive Dental Exams
During your comprehensive dental exam, Dr. Chung conducts a thorough evaluation to ensure that your dental health remains at the highest level. Between oral cancer screenings, periodontal exams, X-rays for dental caries, and occlusal examinations, you can feel confident that your mouth is in good hands.
Fillings and Inlays/Onlays
Dental caries (cavities) often develop in patients who practice poor oral hygiene, and unfortunately, some patients’ teeth are more susceptible to cavities than others. When cavities worsen, they can lead to painful infections and can contribute to the need for more serious dental restorations. Cavities are treated with composite fillings that restore the health and aesthetic beauty of your teeth.
Crowns and Bridges
Unfortunately, not all dental caries can be solved with a simple filling. When a cavity has developed too deeply, or a tooth has fractured, a dental crown may be necessary to restore the tooth’s health. A dental crown is placed over a damaged tooth to restore a natural look. When a tooth is lost, a bridge can be set to fill in the gap. Bridges place crowns over the teeth on either side of the lost tooth to hold the natural-looking tooth replacement in place.
Root canal treatment may be necessary when a cavity reaches the pulp of the tooth. This can cause pain and tooth fracture. A root canal saves the natural tooth by cleaning out and removing any infected or inflamed pulp. A crown is placed over the root canal to protect the tooth from further damage or chipping.
Dental sealants provide your teeth with an extra layer of protection. The dental sealant solution is painted onto your teeth so that it can protect against and “seal out” any bacteria that forms in the mouth. Dental sealants help protect against cavities and gum disease.
Night guards are beneficial for patients that clench or grind their teeth when asleep. Bruxism is an uncontrollable habit that can lead to further dental problems (like tooth chipping or fracture) if the teeth are not protected. Acrylic dental night guards place a protective barrier in-between your bite so that you cannot grind your teeth.
iTero® Element™ Intraoral Scanner
The iTero® Element™ Intraoral Scanner aids Dr. Chung in all aspects of general dentistry. This technology takes three-dimensional images of your teeth to help with restorations. There is no longer a need for messy and uncomfortable dental impressions. The iTero® Element™ Intraoral Scanner ensures that you receive the highest levels of comfort and treatment.
How often should I see my dentist?
Patients should visit their dentist for a check-up and evaluation every six months.
At what age should my child start going to the dentist?
You may want to take your child in as soon as their first tooth comes in; however, regular screenings and check-ups should begin around the age of two or three.
How should I protect my teeth between visits?
Good at-home oral hygiene is a cornerstone of a healthy mouth. Patients should brush their teeth for two minutes, and floss in-between their teeth every morning and night. Limiting or avoiding sugary and highly processed foods will also help to protect your teeth.
Does insurance cover general dentistry?
Dental insurance covers many aspects of general dentistry; however, every dental plan is different and covers different percentages of the required restorations. Check with your dental provider to see what your policy covers.
What will my recovery entail?
General dentistry treatments, like fillings or root canals, are performed with a numbing cream or a local anesthetic. This will prevent pain during the treatment. Any post-procedure pain can be relieved with over-the-counter medications like TYLENOL®. Dr. Chung will explain any limitations, such as when you can eat and what foods you should avoid, with you after your treatment.