Back in the day, there weren’t many choices in dentistry. You went to one of the dentists in your area. Sometimes, there was only one so the only choice to be made was whether to go or not. These days, there are so many dental clinics and providers everywhere, it can make your head spin. The main thing to know is that a general dentist is one who prevents, diagnoses, evaluates, and treats oral cavity diseases and conditions. Teeth cleanings, mouth exams, and dental x-rays are among the services offered as well as filling cavities, pulling teeth, and performing root canals. A general dentist also helps to keep up the appearance of the teeth and works to make sure they function well too. When your mouth needs more extensive work, a general dentist will refer you to another type of dental service such as an orthodontist for braces and retainers to straighten teeth, an oral surgeon for wisdom teeth extraction and various other issues, implant specialists and denture providers. General dental services may or may not include crowns, bridges, and full or partial dentures. Affordable dentures are not easy to find however due to the limited number of companies that provide them. Some dental service specialists require a referral from a dentist, but not all do. If you need dentures, it is usually obvious and there is rarely the need for a general dentist to refer you to a denture outfit. An oral surgeon, however, may require that a general dentist make a referral for your individual condition. It is always wise to compare dental services. Check the price, the reviews of past and present customers (especially on third-party sites that are not biased or trying to promote the dental service), and consider which locations are near you because you may not feel like traveling far if you have a procedure done. The more homework you do on dental services, the better chance you have of a successful outcome.
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