General dentistry incorporates the prevention, evaluation, diagnosing and treating diseases of the mouth. A general dentist performs regular maintenance in the oral cavity to ensure optimal function is achieved. They also help protect the teeth’s appearance. Some of the tasks completed in a dental office include:
- Cosmetic treatments like whitening
- Dental implants
- Repairs to teeth including crowns, bridges, dentures (both full and partial)
- Fillings, extractions and root canals
- Complete dental exams including x-rays and cleaning
In cases of more serious oral diseases or extreme abnormalities, the general dentist may send a reference to a specialist or other physician for further evaluation.