General dentistry, also referred to as family dentistry, is comprised of the services rendered by primary dental care providers.
A general dentist treats patients of all ages with services geared toward the general maintenance of oral hygiene and tooth health. In our dentist offices, Dr. Tonkikh is the professional who will diagnose and treat dental issues.
Dr. Tonkikh is also responsible for coordinating any special services that are not provided in the primary office, such as oral surgery. Because a general dentist is your first line of defense against oral issues, this type of dentistry is referred to as preventative
Dr. Tonkikh is highly trained in a wide range of dental procedures. As Dr. Tonkikh provides the same restorative services on a regular basis, she is highly skilled at what she does, she is trained to treat all kind of patients and their dentist fears; providing you with an extra layer of confidence.
Dental Restorative Procedures
There are a number of restorative procedures that your general or family dentist can provide. Some of the procedures may be:
Dental fillings – a general dentists main priority is the oral cavity, head, and neck. Should there be structural damage to a tooth or teeth found during a dental check-up, your dentist will restore tooth strength and structure through the use of dental fillings. There are a number of materials available for fillings. Your dentist can discuss your options and help you determine the best option for you.
Root canals – When structural damage is advanced, a root canal may be necessary. Root canal therapy removes infected pulp tissue within the root chamber of the tooth. Once the pulp is removed, an antibacterial filling is placed into the empty chamber. The tooth then receives a crown to restore natural appearance and strength. Sometimes, a general dentist will refer a root canal out to an Endodontist. However, there are general dentists who still perform this procedure in their offices.
Crowns – Dental crowns are used to repair extensively decayed or damaged teeth. Crowns are available in different materials, such as gold, silver metals or porcelain. Your skilled general dentist will be able to advise you on which type of crown may be most suitable in your particular situation.
These are just a few of the services you can expect from your general dentist. Our first priority in our dental office is to ensure the comfort and health of our patients. Talk with Dr. Tonkikh about your oral health goals. Come in for regular check-ups and allow us to discuss your options with you.