The difference between Cosmetic and General Dentistry

The difference between Cosmetic and General Dentistry

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What is General Dentistry?

General Dentistry is something that everyone needs during their lives, from regular dental check ups and cleanings through to common procedures such as fillings; general dentistry is all about the health of your teeth and gums. It also covers more complicated procedures such as wisdom teeth removal, which not everyone will need but but might be necessary for your dental health at some point in your life.

General Dentistry procedures are usually performed by your family dentist who are highly trained and experienced individuals that specialise in all aspects of tooth and gum care in patients of all ages. They are mainly focused on preventative and restorative procedures for any sort of dental problems that you experience. Family dentists often treat multiple members of the same family to get to know their patients well.

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic Dentistry is something you rather than what you need. Cosmetic dental procedures are those that improve the appearance of of your teeth and your smile. These can include:

Cosmetic Dentistry is becoming increasingly popular in Australia as more people are becoming aware of the options available for creating more attractive smiles. Cosmetic Dental procedures should be carried out by a highly experienced dentist who specialises in cosmetic work. However they should also have trained in general dentistry. Teeth and gums have to be extremely healthy for cosmetic procedures to have high success rates, so you cosmetic dentist should be able to look after both aspects of your dental care.

Can any Dental Procedure be General and Cosmetic?

In some cases a procedure may be needed for general health but also has the added benefits of improving the appearance of your smile. Some examples of these are dental implants, which are used for patients who have lost multiple teeth ; and gum lifts, which can be undertaken to improve gum health, but can also be used to achieve a more even looking smile.

Find out more about General and Cosmetic Dentistry at Sleep Dentistry Melbourne

Now you know the main reasons between cosmetic and general dentistry, it will hopefully make it easier to identify your needs. If you would like to know more information about about the wide range of dental treatments available you can give us a call at 1300 255 600 or contact us through our website here.


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