General Dentistry Services To Maintain Your Smile
At Chapko & Shah Modern Dentistry, our Belvidere general dentists practice patient-oriented dentistry to make sure your smile and your oral health are protected. General dentistry services are procedures and treatments provided by our dentists designed to prevent, evaluate, diagnose, and treat oral diseases for patients of all ages.
General dentistry can not only help treat and prevent oral disease but also it can prevent the need for more costly, invasive procedures down the line. Keep reading to learn more about our general dentistry services and how they may benefit you.
Our General Dentistry Services
Dental Cleanings & Exams
Routine cleanings and exams are the first lines of defense in keeping your smile sparkling and healthy. When you commit to visiting our Belvidere, IL, dental office at least twice a year for regular checkups, our Belvidere dentists can help remove plaque and buildup from areas that are hard to reach with regular brushing and flossing. Additionally, our dentists use cutting-edge dental technology to detect and diagnose issues that can’t be seen with the naked eye.
Sealants & Tooth-Colored Fillings
Sealants and tooth-colored fillings are great ways to prevent and repair dental damage and decay. Sealants are thin, non-toxic, plastic-like barriers painted onto the back molars. Dental sealants can help prevent 80 percent of cavities on the back molars for two years.
Tooth-colored fillings use non-metallic materials to repair dental damage such as cavities, chips, and cracks. Unlike gold or silver (amalgam) fillings, composite fillings won’t stain, shock, or sensitize your teeth. Our Belvidere dentists will customize your fillings to match your natural smile and preserve the structure of your teeth.
Wisdom teeth and tooth extractions are dual services available to our patients across the Belvidere and Rockford areas. Tooth extractions can alleviate pain, prevent infection, help prepare you for beneficial restorations such as implants and bridges, and even aid in orthodontic treatments like Invisalign®.
Gum Disease & Periodontal Treatment
Our Belvidere general dentists offer comprehensive periodontal disease treatment, including scaling and root planing, gum surgery, and laser therapy. By utilizing the latest technology and techniques, our dentists can treat even the most advanced cases of gum disease and help our patients achieve and maintain optimal oral health.
We offer personalized TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) treatment for patients experiencing jaw pain and discomfort. We use a combination of orthopedic appliances, physical therapy, and targeted dental procedures to alleviate symptoms and improve jaw function.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Snoring and sleep apnea can have a major impact on your quality of life and overall health. We offer custom-fit mouthguards as a treatment for snoring and sleep apnea to help you get the quality sleep you need. These specially designed mouthguards help to prevent the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues in the throat, leading to better breathing and improved sleep.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, insurance typically covers general dentistry services. These procedures and treatments are often necessary, so it’s likely your insurance provider covers them. Contact your provider beforehand and confirm with them which costs they can cover. If you need help covering your general dentistry services, ask your dentist if their office offers in-house financing options
Yes, general dentists can perform safe and effective tooth extractions. General dentists have a wide range of skills and can usually perform tooth extractions. Your dentist may need to refer you to an oral surgeon in the case of more complex cases requiring tooth extraction, such as removing impacted wisdom teeth. Talk to your dentist about which services they provide.
Some of the most common procedures performed by general dentists include the following:
- Cleanings and exams
- Root canals
General dentists possess many skills ranging from orthodontic to preventive to cosmetic services. Talk to your dentist about the specifics of your case to learn which services they provide and if they may benefit you.
General dentistry is a field focused on preventing and treating some of the most common dental issues. General dental care often includes services such as cleanings and exams and oral cancer screenings. Cosmetic dentistry is focused on improving the aesthetics of your smile. This often refers to treatments such as teeth whitening and porcelain veneers.