General And Family Dentistry Specialist

Legacy Dental Care

General, Cosmetic and Family Dentist located in Ballwin, MO

Keeping your teeth strong and healthy improves your smile and your overall health. At Legacy Dental Care in Ballwin, Missouri, Dr. Amanda Darling and her caring team provide general dentistry services to help you maintain your dental health and prevent oral health problems in the future. Contact the office or schedule an appointment online to receive comprehensive dental care services.

General Dentistry Q&A

What is general dentistry?

General dentistry includes a wide range of services designed to keep teeth healthy and treat common dental health problems, like cavities.

General dentists are like primary care providers for your teeth, working with you to prevent problems. They deliver the types of services you typically think of when you think of going to the dentist.

General dentistry services include:

  • Tooth cleaning and polishing
  • Dental crowns or bridges
  • Dental implants
  • Dentures
  • Fillings
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Oral cancer screenings
  • Oral exams
  • Root canals
  • Sealants
  • Tooth cleaning and polishing
  • Tooth extractions

More than 143,000 general dentists practice in the United States. They provide care for patients of every age, from toddlers to seniors. To practice general dentistry, they must complete four years of graduate training at an accredited dental school and pass a licensing exam.

Why is general dentistry important?

General dentistry services are often preventive care services. They keep your teeth and gums healthy so you don’t experience problems like tooth decay, gum disease, or tooth loss. By taking advantage of these services, you can avoid bigger, more expensive dental health treatments later on.

General dentistry services also treat common health problems, such as cavities, gingivitis, tooth infections, or damaged teeth. Having easy access to these treatments is important since they relieve pain and improve the function of your teeth.

When should I receive general dentistry services?

Most patients should see their dentist at least twice a year for cleanings and exams. Professional cleanings every six months are optimal for removing plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth while screening you for more serious issues, such as oral cancer.

However, some patients who have severe oral health problems may need to see the dentist more often to care for these issues. You may need to see the dentist more often if you smoke, use chewing tobacco, or drink large amounts of alcohol, as these habits increase your risk for oral health problems.

You should also go to the dentist when you experience problems between appointments, such as tooth pain, bothersome sensitivity, or tooth injury. Receiving care as early as possible for these problems can prevent them from getting worse.

Call today or schedule your appointment online to learn more about personalized general dentistry services at Legacy Dental Care.