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Choosing a Cosmetic vs a General Dentist – Which is Best?

Are you searching for a dentist? Have you noticed various types of dentists or designations such as a “cosmetic” vs a “general” dentist? Confused about which might be better for your situation or goals?

In this guide, Dr AJ Salman and his team at Northmed Dental help you understand what each type of dentist does, and when it might be appropriate to see one over the other.

Cosmetic Dentistry – Attractive Smiles

Can a dentist help make my smile look attractive? Yes, a cosmetic dentist can!  A cosmetic dentist focuses on restorative dental services that have a primary purpose of restoring the beauty of your smile

When Should I See a Cosmetic Dentist?

If you are looking to restore your teeth’s natural beauty and achieve a Hollywood picture perfect smile, a cosmetic dentist can help with the following:

  • To remove stains from teeth.
  • To whiten or bleach teeth.
  • To repair cracks, chipping or broken teeth.
  • To eliminate gaps between teeth.
  • To improve the alignment of teeth.
  • To restore decaying teeth.
  • To replace missing teeth.

In other words, if you are unhappy with the way your smile looks and want to transform it into something you’ll truly be proud and eager to show off, a cosmetic dentist can help you achieve your goal.

General Dentistry: Diagnosis, Preventative Care and Treatment  

A general dentist is a licensed dentist who is primarily concerned with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of dental conditions and issues. From cavities to jaw pain and everything in between, a general dentist is concerned about oral health and wellness, not necessary cosmetic issues.

When Should I See a General Dentist?

If you are experiencing pain, discomfort, or have symptoms related to your teeth, mouth or gums, a general dentist can help. Similarly, a general dentist is who you want to go to for routine appointments, checkups and preventative care.

Reasons to see a general dentist include:

  • Routine dental checkups.
  • Preventative care.
  • Professional teeth cleaning.
  • Cavities, root canals, receding gum line.
  • Knocked out or loose teeth.
  • Tooth decay.
  • Tooth, gum or jaw discomfort.
  • Infections in the oral cavity.

Has it been a while since your last checkup? No need to be embarrassed. We all get busy with life. Call or message us today and we can help you get you back up to speed in no time.