According to the American Dental Association, (ADA), general dentistry is “the evaluation, diagnosis, prevention and/or treatment (nonsurgical, surgical or related procedures) of diseases, disorders and/or conditions of the oral cavity, maxillofacial area and/or the adjacent and associated structures and their impact on the human body.”
General dentists receive a great deal of education and training (generally, three or more years of undergraduate education plus four years of dental school) in all dental procedures. Specialties in dentistry, such as the fields of orthodontics or periodontics, require additional post-graduate training.
General dentists can provide the following services for you and your family:
Patients of all ages are treated by general dentists, from toddlers to seniors. They tend to overall oral health, diagnosing and treating oral disorders. They can refer their patients to specialists to address more specific oral health needs, such as oral surgery. Dr. Thurmond’s office in Raleigh, NC offers the specialties of Invisalign, TMJ/TMD, and sleep apnea treatment on site.
General dentists mostly provide check-ups and teeth cleanings for their patients. During general exams, dentists check for dental issues to determine whether further treatment is needed. Working with hygienists, they also educate patients on how to properly care for teeth and oral health in general.