You need to see a dentist twice a year for good oral health and to prevent tooth loss. The dentist most people see for their check-ups is a general dentist. What do general dentists do? BOH Dental of Brisbane goes into the details.
General dentistry covers most of the aspects that people need to keep their teeth healthy. A general dentist is similar to a general practitioner in healthcare.
They help keep up your good health, handle some kinds of emergencies, and are able to diagnose problems.
General dentists do check-ups, cleanings, procedures like root canals or fillings, help you get devices like dentures, and can usually perform more intensive procedures like inserting dental implants. Many can also perform emergency procedures like fixing a chipped or broken tooth. They can also pull teeth that cannot be saved.
General dentists cannot do many kinds of oral surgery, such as taking biopsies of any strange growths in the mouth. They also cannot fit braces. They cannot do many procedures just for the gums, such as reducing excessive gums. They may not be able to do bone grafts. Some types of tooth extractions need to be done by specialists if the roots are too complex for a general dentist.