What Is Covered Under General Dentistry?

What Is Covered Under General Dentistry?

General dentists perform a wide range of oral health care, including cosmetic, restorative, and preventive dentistry. Our general dentist in Westport, CT, provides comprehensive dentistry.

Let’s look at the most common procedures patients can benefit from at Advanced Dental of Westport, CT, while receiving comprehensive care from Dr. Glen Hacker.

Complete Oral Exams

As one of the most recognizable services in general dentistry, complete oral exams are also one of the most important. Our Westport dentist provides exemplary care to diagnose early signs of dental concerns such as gum health, the condition of previous dental restorations, and early signs of cavities and oral cancer, to name a few.

We recommend that patients have dental x-rays once a year during their complete oral exam to look for cavities that are not noticeable to the naked eye, root inflammation or infection, tumors, and abscesses or cysts. Digital x-rays allow our dentist to see dental concerns that he cannot see without their help. Although you may not be aware of quietly brewing problems, complete oral exams allow for early diagnosis and treatment – two things that could save countless dollars and health-related concerns if left undiagnosed and untreated.

Dr. Hacker uses digital x-rays for a safer imaging experience since they emit low radiation levels. Digital x-rays are healthier for patients, and they are healthier for the environment since they are stored electronically instead of on film.

Many patients missed visiting their dentist for their annual exams due to the interruption of the COVID-19 pandemic. But it’s not too late to get caught up on your preventive care. We invite you to make an appointment today to get back on track to optimum oral health. Continuing to miss your annual oral exams could lead to our next category of general dentistry: emergency dentistry.

Emergency Dental Care

Most general dentists, including Dr. Hacker, also provide emergency dentistry. It’s common for patients who have not adhered to a regular schedule of exams and cleanings to soon need this type of care for:

  • Severe toothaches
  • Abscessed gums
  • Lost dental fillings or other restorations
  • Oral infections
  • And more

As an emergency dentist near you, our office can provide care for any dental emergency in addition to our suite of treatment options in general, restorative and cosmetic dentistry. If you believe that you are experiencing a dental emergency as you’re reading this and searching for an “emergency dentist near me,” please call our office now.

Professional Teeth Whitening

Although every general dentist does not offer professional teeth whitening as a part of their menu of services, we provide in-house teeth bleaching treatments. Our professional treatments are guaranteed to make your smile look healthier, more youthful, and more radiant while increasing your confidence and self-esteem.

Many patients mistakenly believe that over-the-counter (OTC) whitening products can deliver the same benefits as professional whitening. In truth, OTC products do not contain the same strength as bleaching materials like medical-grade professional whiteners. Also, OTC whitening products can take months of daily treatment and damage the enamel of your teeth. With professional teeth whitening from Dr. Hacker, you can assess the whiteness of your smile every 20 minutes during treatment. If your smile is not as white as you’d like after the first 20-minute whitening treatment, Dr. Hacker will rinse off the whitening agent and reapply another coat while ensuring that the enamel of your teeth is protected.

If you have an important event and don’t want to wait for the extended treatment time needed in OTC whitening products, please make an appointment today for a lasting solution to your discolored teeth.

Dental Fillings

Patients can now benefit from natural-looking tooth-colored materials instead of old-school metal or silver amalgam with the right dental fillings. Although tooth-colored fillings are not as durable as other materials, they are an excellent option in general and cosmetic dentistry. We can even replace metal fillings with tooth-colored fillings in many instances. Please make an appointment today to see if you’re a candidate for this smile update from our general dentist.