General Dentistry in Aliso Viejo
Aliso Smiles provides general dentistry services in Aliso Viejo, CA. Call 949-916-7800 to find out more and make an appointment.
What Is General Dentistry?
General dentistry focuses on preventive care and treatment of emergent issues. Patients who follow preventive care routines at home and the dentist's office have significantly better oral health than those who skip dental visits and neglect their teeth.
Our general dentistry services include:
Comprehensive Evaluations and Oral Examinations
Dentists fully examine patients' mouths, heads, and necks during a comprehensive exam to detect abnormalities. Digital X-rays help the dentist understand the patient's oral health and plan necessary treatments like fillings.
Cleanings are an essential dental service that helps to prevent future cavities and gum disease. Dentists recommend that everyone receive a thorough dental cleaning at least twice a year.
The hygienist removes tartar and plaque with a specialized instrument before cleaning the teeth with a water-cooled ultrasonic device. The hygienist polishes the teeth after removing all plaque and tartar.
Deep Cleaning (Scaling and Root Planing)
When a patient has gum disease, they need more frequent dental cleanings. Scaling is the process of removing tartar buildup from the pockets between the gums and teeth. If these pockets get too deep, they could endanger the tooth and promote infection.
Root planing smooths the root and allows the gum to reattach to the teeth, reducing the pockets.
Custom Mouth Guards
Athletes of all ages need to consider mouthguards. Sporting accidents are a leading cause of oral injuries. A mouthguard fitted by your dentist is more effective than one purchased at a store.
Root Canal Treatment
When a tooth needs a root canal, the pulp inside it becomes inflamed. This problem can cause extreme dental pain.
The dentist opens the tooth and cleans the inflamed and infected pulp using specialized tools to perform a root canal. Finally, the dentist uses a series of files to clean the root interior and ensure all infected material is gone. The patient then receives a dental crown to cover the tooth.
Sometimes a natural tooth is too damaged to be salvaged. In this case, the tooth must come out. The dentist gives appropriate local anesthesia and loosens the tooth using a gentle rocking motion. The tooth should then come out easily. The patient may need sutures after an extraction.
Benefits of General Dentistry
General dentistry impacts your oral and overall health. Researchers have linked many serious problems to poor oral health, including diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, and preterm birth.
Taking good care of your teeth and gums means keeping your natural teeth for many years. You can avoid costly restorations like implants in years to come.
Are You a Good Candidate for General Dentistry?
Everyone is a good candidate for general dentistry. Preventive care makes a huge impact on your future oral health. Dentists recommend getting a cleaning and a comprehensive oral exam twice yearly, along with digital X-rays once a year.
Why Choose Aliso Smiles?
Our office provides caring, compassionate service. We take meticulous care of your oral health and encourage proper at-home maintenance. Our dentist, Dr. Sajit Patel, has created an atmosphere of trust.
Frequently Asked Questions About General Dentistry
Are dental X-rays safe?
Today's digital X-rays use only a small fraction of the radiation needed in the past. They are safe for nearly all patients.
Does oral health affect general health?
Yes, oral health may have a serious impact on your overall health. We take particular care of gums and actively treat periodontal disease. The constant inflammation caused by gum disease bacteria leads to cardiovascular problems like stroke, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
Should I get a root canal instead of having my tooth pulled?
A dentist can often preserve a natural tooth with a root canal and crown. The dentist will discuss your options if the tooth is healthy enough to save.
How should I care for my teeth at home?
Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Floss once daily. Be sure to floss enough to remove plaque from around the gums. An electric toothbrush may be better for removing plaque than a manual model.
When should I start brushing my child's teeth?
Brush your child's teeth starting when the first teeth come in. Use a small smear of fluoride toothpaste on a baby toothbrush.
Call Aliso Smiles
Preventive care can make a huge difference in oral health. Call our Aliso Viejo office at 949-916-7800 to set up an appointment and ask questions about our services.