General Dentistry Services To Maintain Your Smile
At Chapko & Shah Modern Dentistry, our dentists practice general 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 it also helps prevent the need for more costly, invasive procedures down the line. Keep reading to learn more about the general dentistry services we offer at our office in Belvidere, IL.
Cleanings & Exams
Routine cleanings and exams are the first line of defense in keeping your smile sparkling and healthy. When you commit to visiting our Belvidere, IL office at least twice a year for cleanings and exams, our 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 or non-professional eye. Follow the link to learn more.
Sealants & Tooth-Colored Fillings
Sealants and tooth-colored fillings offer great ways to prevent and repair dental damage. Sealants are thin, non-toxic, plastic-like barriers painted onto the back molars. According to a study conducted by the CDC, dental sealants can help prevent 80 percent of cavities on the back molars over the course of 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, tooth-colored fillings won’t stain, shock, or sensitize your teeth. They’re customized to match your natural smile and better preserve the structure of your teeth since they don’t require the removal of as much enamel as metal fillings do. Follow the link to learn more.
Wisdom Teeth & Tooth Extractions
Wisdom teeth and tooth extractions are dual general and surgical services available to our patients across the Belvidere/Rockford area. Removal of bothersome, unnecessary wisdom teeth is the main reason most people undergo extraction, but our dentists can also extract other teeth for health and restorative purposes. 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®. Follow the link to learn more.
Frequently Asked Questions
General dentistry procedures and treatments are often necessary, so it’s likely that your insurance provider covers them. We recommend contacting your provider beforehand and confirming with them which costs they can cover. If you need help covering your general dentistry services, feel free to talk to our team and our dentists and we’ll do our best to help you afford your treatment.
At-home dental care is one of the best things you can do for your smile and your oral health. Our dentists recommend you brush your teeth at least twice a day; in the morning when you wake up and at night before you go to bed. Floss at least once a day before bed to help prevent buildup.
While it’s perfectly possible to clean your teeth effectively with a manual toothbrush, an electric toothbrush can help you more effectively brush your teeth. Electric toothbrushes oscillating motion does more to remove plaque and buildup from hard to reach areas. This automatic motion also means they’re often easier for children, people with disabilities, and elderly people to use. Additionally, some electric toothbrushes work on timers that help ensure you brush your teeth for the right amount of time.