General dentistry describes dentistry that is primarily focused on maintaining your oral health. Typically, general dentistry is divided into two categories: preventive dentistry and restorative dentistry. Routine checkups fall under preventive dentistry. Preventive dentistry also includes your at-home hygiene. In fact, this is the most important part of preventive dentistry. We will help you learn how best to clean your teeth at home. Preventive dentistry also includes lifestyle awareness to help avoid tooth damage.
Restorative dentistry takes over when preventive dentistry is not enough. This does not mean you’re not doing a good job with oral hygiene. Some people are more genetically susceptible to tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems. We will help you understand your personal risks so you can respond to them.
Good general dentistry may not be exciting, but it’s your best investment in the health and beauty of your teeth.
Regular Dental Checkups Protect Your Teeth
By visiting our office biannually you reduce your potential for large dental problems. For example, an untreated cavity can grow to destroy an entire tooth and spread to surrounding teeth. It can even become life-threatening. To avoid problems like this our dentist will work with you to develop a customized dental hygiene plan that incorporates dental examinations, tooth cleaning, possible tooth scaling, X-rays and use of other diagnostic equipment to prevent, uncover or treat problems as early as possible.
Even if you practice good oral hygiene habits at home such as regular brushing, flossing, and mouth rinsing plaque can still build up and requires professional removal that we can treat. Your at-home regime supplemented with our professional dental care will play an integral part in preventative oral care. By scheduling regular dental checkups with our office and removing the plaque that brushing alone cannot reach, you can reduce your chances of needing restorative dentistry.
In addition to the preventative measures that are taken, our dentist will also incorporate a variety of restorative procedures in the development of a comprehensive treatment plan that will help prevent decay or disease of the teeth, mouth, gums and tongue.
We offer many restorative dentistry options so that we can target your precise treatment needs, including:
As much as we love showing off these wonderful restoration options, we strongly encourage you to come to our office regularly for preventive treatments so you can avoid needing restorative dentistry.
For more information about dental checkups or to schedule a consultation please contact the office of élan by Dr. Meghan Hodges to maintain the healthy smile you deserve. We proudly serve the Jenks, Broken Arrow, Bixby, Owasso, and surrounding areas with exemplary care with holistic, biocompatible dentistry that’s designed to last.