General Dentistry Serving Cincinnati, OH
Although our doctors are highly trained in smile design and cosmetics, we also provide our patients with a full range of dental services. We have several doctors and hygienists to help keep your smile healthy by treating all cavities and gum inflammation. We only use white filling materials, including our CEREC technology, to keep your teeth strong and provide predictable long-lasting results.
What Is a General Dentist?
Although general dentists are not specialists, they understand each specialty and have mastered it during many years of education and training. They apply these techniques to issues large and small, from filling the basic cavity to coordinating a full mouth restoration. They know how to detect and treat gum disease, manage inflammation and infection, correct imperfections, and add new brilliance to your smile. And the best general dentists take a personal interest in you and your loved ones.
Because general dentists are also doctors, they are well-positioned to monitor your overall health, as well as the condition of your mouth, gums and teeth. Many untreated dental concerns can easily become hazards to your health. For example, gum disease increases risks to the health of your heart, and may even affect the gastrointestinal tract. Your dentist is always on the alert for serious warning signs, such as changes in gum tissue that could presage the development of a tumor.
Preventive Dental Care
Prevention is a central focus for general dentists. This is often overlooked by dental specialists who perform surgical procedures all day. As Mark Twain purportedly said, “To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” To general dentists, surgical solutions are the last resort, and prevention is a much simpler and more effective strategy. Diagnosing and preventing conditions comprise the bulk of a general dentist’s time. Top general dentists learn to be proactive in identifying conditions, and recommend the least invasive treatments.
Routine Exams and Check-Ups
As part of prevention, general dentists encourage patients to schedule regular check-ups. When Dr. Pearce is able to examine your teeth at least twice a year, he can identify any emerging problems, as well as clean and polish your teeth.
If he notices the early warning signs of gum disease, he can suggest strategies for altering your brushing, flossing and eating habits, and schedule a series of deep cleanings to reverse the progression of the disease. If he notices a cavity, an appointment can be scheduled for a filling, crown or root canal, based on the severity of the decay.
Your routine visit is also a great opportunity for you to hear about the latest cosmetic and restorative procedures that can magnify the attractiveness of your smile.
To learn more about general dentistry, schedule an appointment with experienced southwestern Ohio dentist Dr. Troy Pearce by contacting our Cincinnati office today.