Cosmetic Dentistry vs. General Dentistry

Carlsbad Cosmetic DentistryToday’s article explains how general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry are different.

General dentists are dedicated to preventing and treating oral diseases such as cavities and gum disease. When a problem is diagnosed, let’s say, a cavity between two teeth, a general dentist will identify the best way to restore the tooth involved.

Cosmetic dentists offer elective dental procedures that make a smile more attractive. Cosmetic dentistry procedures available at La Costa Dental Excellence include teeth whitening, tooth-colored fillings, dental bonding, veneers, inlays, onlays, and dental crowns.

Some dentists, like myself, offer both general and cosmetic dentistry procedures. In some cases, there is a cosmetic component to restorative procedures. For example, if a dental patient comes in after receiving an injury that chipped a front tooth, the tooth needs to be restored to eliminate decay. The tooth is also less structurally sound, so it is vulnerable to further damage. In addition, the tooth affects the overall appearance of the smile. Depending on the specifics of the damage, there are several restorative options. Dental bonding, porcelain veneers, and crowns are all used to repair a damaged tooth.

As you can see, there is not always a definitive line between general and cosmetic dentistry. At La Costa Dental Excellence, my committed to excellence team provides a full spectrum of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental procedures.

We treat area patients of all ages: from toddlers just beginning to get their baby teeth to mature patients who remember the days when many individuals were afraid of dentists and their whiny drills. (Some of our wonderful elderly patients might have crowns that are older than our hygienists.)

Experienced dental professionals who offer pediatric, general, orthodontic, and cosmetic dental procedures can meet all of your family’s dental needs.

If you are looking for a full-service dental practice in the Encinitas area, I invite you to visit La Costa Dental Excellence in Carlsbad. To schedule an oral examination or smile redesign consultation, call 760-633-3033.

Contact La Costa Dental Excellence:

760-633-3033

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7730 Rancho Santa Fe Rd Ste 106
Carlsbad, California
92009

 

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