Focus Dental is a general dentist. Dr Ajay Sharma & Dr Seema Nangia are the most experienced dentists in India with 30+ years experience.
General dentists have many obligations and roles to play in order to provide comprehensive dental care to their patients. Here are some of the most important functions and obligations of a general dentist:
Dental Exams and Diagnosis: General dentists conduct complete dental examinations on their patients to check their oral health. They examine the teeth, gums, jaw, tongue, and other oral structures for symptoms of decay, gum disease, oral cancer, or other difficulties with oral health. They also employ diagnostic technologies like X-rays and dental scans to help them make a diagnosis.
General dentists emphasise the need of preventive dental treatment in maintaining oral health. To avoid tooth decay and gum disease, they educate patients on proper oral hygiene practises such as brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash. Professional dental cleanings (prophylaxis) may also be provided by general dentists to remove plaque, tartar, and stains from the teeth.
General dentists provide a variety of restorative treatments to fix damaged or decayed teeth. Fillings, crowns, bridges, and dental implants are examples of such operations. They employ a variety of materials to restore the function and appearance of the teeth, including as composite resin, porcelain, or metal alloys.
Endodontic Procedures: Root canal treatments are performed by general dentists to save teeth that are badly infected or destroyed. They clean and sanitise the root canals before sealing them to prevent infection. This method allows patients to keep their original teeth rather than having them extracted.
Periodontal Care: General dentists diagnose and treat problems affecting the gums and tooth supporting systems. They may do scaling and root planing to treat gum disease or advise patients on basic dental hygiene practises to keep their gums healthy.
Prosthodontic Services: Prosthodontic treatments may be provided by general dentists to repair missing teeth or restore oral function. This comprises making and fitting dentures, partial dentures, or fixed dental prosthesis (bridges) to improve chewing ability and appearance.
General dentists play an important role in teaching patients about oral health and giving personalised guidance. They educate patients on appropriate dental hygiene, provide nutrition and lifestyle advice that affects oral health, and provide information on preventive measures and treatment alternatives.
General dentists are frequently the initial point of contact for patients having dental emergencies such as acute toothaches, dental injuries, or abscesses. They give emergency care, relieve discomfort, and stabilise the situation before moving on to proper therapy or referral if necessary.
Referrals and Collaboration: General dentists evaluate their patients’ dental requirements and may refer them to dental experts for specialised care. They coordinate care with orthodontists, oral surgeons, endodontists, periodontists, and paediatric dentists.
General dentists’ duties depend on their practising setting, location, and expertise. General dentists treat all ages in private, group, community, and public health settings.