General dentistry takes in all the services and treatments we offer at Urban Smiles Dental in Chicago. General dentists carry out restorative, cosmetic and preventative dentistry. Each type of service has its own unique requirements, and your dentist can meet all of them. Your general dentist manages, diagnoses and treats your oral health, including gum care, tooth fillings, veneers, dental crowns, root canals, bridges, regular exams and cleanings, as well as preventative education about oral health.
General dentists work hard to make sure you never have to deal with restorative dentistry, but we do both. A lot of what we do involves routine care and maintenance of your teeth. Preventative dentistry services include regular cleanings and exams. General dentists are trained to spot more than diseases of the teeth and gums; they can also identify oral cancer and other diseases that are best treated early on.
Restorative dentistry is sometimes the first instance of contact people have with general dentistry. When you have a cavity or painful chipped tooth, your dentist in Chicago can provide you with a dental filling, dental bonding, crowns, inlays or onlays. Restorative dentistry also includes things like dental implants, bridges, and dentures.
Cosmetic dentistry provides you with the bright white smile you see associated with celebrities. Cosmetic dentistry is all about improving the look of your teeth and smile, although often these procedures improve the health of your teeth too. The most common procedure in restorative dentistry is teeth whitening. It’s a quick way to lighten discolored, stained or yellowed teeth.
Crowns are also a way to not only whiten teeth but strengthen a tooth that’s weakened, cracked, or damaged by decay. They even out irregular teeth and cover up unsightly teeth. They’re thin shells of composite resin or porcelain that bond to the front surface of teeth, particularly the most noticeable teeth, like the large front teeth.
Dentists can also provide you with dermal fillers that improve the shape and fullness of your face if you’ve had dentures or medical procedures that have thinned your face.