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The Difference Between Restorative, Cosmetic, and General Dentistry
Jan 18, 2023

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It’s easy to think of the field of dentistry as one big occupation that deals with oral health. In reality, it’s an umbrella term for more specific specialties. Restorative dentistry can help return your smile to what it once was. Cosmetic dentistry covers elective procedures that make your smile more attractive. General dentistry covers the overall health of your mouth as well as preventative care and education. Let’s explore the differences between the three.

Restorative Dentistry

Once your teeth have become broken or decayed, restorative dentistry will repair the damage and restore their natural function. A dentist may recommend a root canal if your tooth is dying or infected. A damaged, weakened, or cracked tooth can be capped with a crown. Dentures and partials can be made from impressions of your teeth to improve a damaged smile. 

Even missing teeth can be replaced with implants. If needed, full-mouth reconstruction is available for those with jaw issues, bite discomfort, or missing teeth. If any of these procedures sound right for you, The Dental Care Center can perform them to restore your smile.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry improves the overall look of your smile so that you feel confident showing it off. Porcelain veneers can be custom fitted to each of your teeth to cover unsightly chipping or wear. Teeth whitening is also available if your main concern is discoloration. Using the custom whitening trays from your dentist can yield dramatic results in a short amount of time. Clear Correct can straighten a crooked smile without the look of traditional braces. With a new set each month, your smile could transform in less time than you think.

Finally, cosmetic dental bonding is the alternative to veneers that can be completed during a single visit. Instead of covering a tooth’s entire front surface, this procedure uses a small piece of material to cover minor cracks so that you can achieve a smile you’ll love after just one appointment. With this variety of cosmetic dentistry options, a smile makeover is more achievable than you might think.

General Dentistry

The majority of dentists in the United States practice general dentistry, which focuses on overall oral health. Be sure to schedule a dental checkup at least every six months. Regular cleanings, X-rays, and oral exams can help you identify any changes in your gums and teeth, identify signs of tooth decay or cavities, and keep your jaw and mouth healthy.

Ongoing effective oral hygiene is the best way to protect your mouth. General dentists will educate you on good habits, products, and procedures to keep your teeth and gums clean. Pediatric dentistry is important for little mouths to receive preventative care and learn healthy habits to keep their smile sparkling from the start. Custom athletic mouth guards are also available to protect your teeth no matter what sport you play.

The dedicated team at The Dental Care Center is here to help with all your oral health needs. Whether you need restorative dentistry to repair your teeth, a cosmetic smile makeover, or general dentistry to keep your mouth healthy, we have the tools to help you achieve a smile that makes you happy.