Cosmetic Dentistry & General Dentistry Are Very Different: Here's How!

Everyone takes their teeth and smiles seriously. Research from the American Dental Association shows that a staggering 95% of people in the United States feel that oral health is a critical part of their overall well-being.

With people caring about their smiles that much, it’s no wonder that cosmetic dentistry has become more popular than ever. But have you ever wondered what’s the difference between cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry?

Here at Luck Family Dental, we know the difference very well. Let’s dive more into it.

What is General Dentistry All About?

General dentists treat patients for common discomforts like toothache, swellings, and bleeding. Treatments offered by general dentists usually include fillings, tooth extractions, and root canal therapy. General dentistry includes treatment for, and prevention of, serious conditions such as gingivitis and periodontitis. At least 20% of the population has had one of these treatments. 

In addition to treating oral diseases, general dentists also help you prevent them. Preventive care at a general dentistry practice includes routine exams, cleanings and polishing, oral cancer screenings, and sealants. A general dentist can provide mouth guards or fitted dental appliances like braces to keep your teeth looking good.

What is Cosmetic Dentistry All About?

Cosmetic dentists are there to help you improve the look and quality of your smile. Even though cosmetic procedures are not yet recognized as a dental specialization, many cosmetic dentists spend years studying the basics of design and smile shaping.

Cosmetic dentistry is not recognized by the American Dental Association. However, general dentists who focus on enhancing the visual appeal of their patients are considered cosmetic dentists. Besides whitening your teeth, they also might offer veneers and bridges. 

Where Do Cosmetic and General Dentistry Overlap?

A lack of distinction between dental hygiene and cosmetic dentistry might confuse some people. Dental veneers, for example, are considered cosmetic because they mask dental flaws. But they are also considered restorative since they protect the surface of a tooth.

Let's look at some of the other areas in which cosmetic and general dentistry overlap:

  • Retrofilling is a procedure and can be used to cover up cracks, but resin can also be used with toothpaste in a cavity.
  • Dentures correct gaps in the mouth and commonly address difficulty biting or slurred speech.
  • Bridges are made with replacement teeth to restore your smile and maintain a healthy bite function.
  • Dental implants are there if you need an alternative to a bridge or denture. They can change your life in terms of both looks and functionality.

Cosmetic & General Dentistry at Luck Family Dental

Whether you need cosmetic or general dentistry, our dental experts at Luck Family Dental can help you. Our office functions as a “one-stop-shop” for your entire family. Whether you need to whiten or extract teeth, we’re here for you. If you want to set up an appointment, you can contact us online or give us a call at (803) 548-6370.

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