General dentistry includes preventive oral care as well as comprehensive care — including evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment — for diseases or conditions that affect any part of your mouth, jaw, neck, face, and head.
Although you may think general dentistry only refers to everyday services like cavity prevention and treatment, general dentists also provide services designed to restore oral function and appearance, including crowns, bridges, implant restorations, and dentures. General dentists are also often the first health care providers to spot more serious oral or maxillofacial problems, including the early signs of oral cancer.
General dentists are fully educated and specially trained to perform a complete range of dental services. Although routine cleaning and exam appointments can make up a significant portion of their daily work, general dentists also offer:
Some of the services that Dr. Yang performs most often include:
For most patients, annual or biannual dental cleanings and exams form the foundation of preventive general dental care and excellent oral health. It’s during these appointments that Dr. Yang can diagnose and treat cavities, spot gum disease, and take care of other problems before they progress.
Dr. Yang prescribes night guards for patients whose teeth are worn down from nighttime grinding, or for patients affected by painful temporomandibular joint disorders, also called TMJ.
A porcelain crown, also known as a cap, is a custom-fitted artificial tooth used to strengthen or restore normal appearance to a tooth that’s severely worn, cracked, weak, or discolored.
Having a few missing teeth is often corrected with a dental bridge, a restorative solution that fills the space created by lost teeth. The bridge itself may be made up of one or more artificial teeth that are cemented into place using your natural teeth on either side for support, thereby “bridging” the gap.
This removable dental appliance is designed to replace missing teeth. Dentures are often the best option for patients who’ve lost all or most of their teeth, either from advanced gum disease or severe tooth decay. Complete dentures replace a full set of top or bottom teeth, while partial dentures only replace a few missing teeth.
Seeing Dr. Yang for regular cleanings provides several important benefits. It helps ensure that you won’t develop cavities, and that your own dental hygiene skills are up to par. Because professional cleanings remove plaque and tartar, having routine cleanings also means you’re less likely to develop gum disease, a major cause of tooth loss among older adults.