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What's the Difference between Cosmetic and General Dentistry?

Last updated 7 years ago

The roles of general dentists and cosmetic dentists frequently overlap. For this reason, it’s difficult to know which type of dentist to turn to if you experience oral discomfort or if you are unsatisfied with the appearance of your teeth. You may even visit a dental clinic that offers a range of services for many different of dental conditions, but it is still important to know which type of dentist specializes in the care you need. Take a look below to learn the difference between cosmetic and general dentistry.

Cosmetic Dentistry: Cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the way clients feel about their appearance. Most cosmetic dentistry treatments involve teeth whitening, repositioning the teeth or jawline, filling in missing teeth, or repairing cracked or chipped teeth.

In general, cosmetic dentistry treatments won’t prohibit bacteria from forming on teeth and gums—yet many cosmetic dental treatments are performed as a way to cover up past damage to the teeth. For example, a patient who fails to brush and floss regularly may eventually lose teeth, requiring dentures or dental implants. Cosmetic fillings, dental bonding, veneers, bridges, grafts, and ridge augmentation are all services provided under cosmetic dentistry.

General Dentistry: General dentistry centers on preventative care in order to thwart gum disease and tooth decay. Procedures like professional teeth cleanings, checkups, root canal surgeries, oral exams, oral cancer screenings, periodontal treatments, and laser dental procedures are all forms of general dentistry. General dentistry is what you should seek if you experience pain or discomfort in your teeth or gums, notice bleeding from brushing or flossing, have chronic bad breath, or are in need of dental x-rays. 

At the dental office of Dr. Kenn Kakosian DDS, we believe that no one should have to live with a less-than-perfect smile. That’s why we specialize in a wide variety of cosmetic dental procedures to improve patients’ smiles. We provide dental implants, dental bonding, veneers, ridge augmentation, tooth whitening, and many more cosmetic services. Call us at (888) 775-8116 or visit our website today to find out how we can give you the smile you deserve.


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