During a general dentistry checkup, our dentist will perform a comprehensive examination to look for potential problems. X-rays are usually taken once a year to detect cavities that are not yet visible on the tooth's surface. Early detection is essential if tooth decay and gum disease are to be treated before they spread and become painful and costly.
At Tier One Dental, our dentist will also screen for oral cancer and examine the health of the soft tissue in the mouth, such as the tongue, lips, cheeks, and gums. Regular checkups can detect signs of mouth cancer early enough to allow for effective treatment. With regular general dentistry checkups and cleanings at our practice, patients will have an easier time maintaining the health of their teeth and ensuring they last a lifetime.
The Importance of General Dentistry Checkups
Visiting our dentist for routine checkups and cleanings is vital to maintaining oral health and ensuring that potential problems are treated before they become more significant. And though cavities are one of the most common dental problems, especially for children, we can easily spot and treat cavities before they can do any real damage with regular appointments.
Gum disease is a severe condition that can damage the gums and lead to tooth loss if left untreated. The main culprit of this condition is plaque buildup along the gum line that hardens and irritates the tissues. Plaque is a sticky substance that can cause tooth decay and gum disease if not removed regularly. Regular cleanings can prevent plaque buildup and keep your gums healthy and free from infection or decay.
In addition to cavity treatments and periodontal care, we treat damaged teeth and repair broken restorations through restorative dental services. While we can restore most small chips and cracks with cosmetic bonding treatments, teeth that have more significant damage will require dental crowns or, if they need to be extracted, bridges to restore function and beauty to your smile.
Common Reasons to See a General Dentist
- Tooth pain is often a sign of more significant problems that require the attention of a dentist. Your teeth may be sensitive for several reasons, and a qualified dentist can help you determine the cause of the sensitivity.
- Bleeding gums are often signs of gum disease which should be treated as soon as possible to prevent further infection and damage to your gums and teeth.
- Bad breath can signify tooth decay, gum disease, oral cancer, and other issues. A general dentist can assess your dental health to determine if a more serious problem is causing bad odors in your mouth.
- A general dentist is qualified to perform cosmetic dental procedures such as teeth whitening, Invisalign, dental implants, and more. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, a general dentist can help you get the smile you’ve always wanted.
To learn more about our general dentistry services, visit Tier One Dental at 279 TX-46, Seguin, TX 78155, or call (830) 372-2852 to schedule an appointment.