General Dentistry in Murrieta, CA

General Dentistry in Murrieta, CA

General dentistry is the field of dentistry that is focused on your oral health on the whole, and your general dentist is your primary dentist. General dentistry covers procedures that check on your oral health, diagnose any apparent issues, manage symptoms, and at times treat your dental problems.


When Would You Need a General Dentist?

To maintain your oral health, you will need to see a general dentist regularly — every six months is recommended. This is to check on your teeth and other oral structures to see if they are in good condition and to detect any oral problems that may be starting. And if any such problems are spotted, your general dentist can treat them before the problem worsens. Your general dentist can also keep your teeth clean from any plaque and tartar, both of which could cause cavities to form.

Apart from the regular visits, you can also visit your general dentist if you are experiencing problems with your teeth like toothache. The dentist can deal with most dental and oral problems and can refer you to a specialist if your oral problem is too severe for them to handle.


What Procedures Can a General Dentist Do?

General dentists can perform a wide range of procedures, from diagnostic to minor surgical. These include, but are not limited to:


  • Complete dental exams
  • X-rays
  • Oral cancer screening
  • Dental cleanings, scaling, and root planing
  • Teeth whitening
  • Cavity filling
  • Dental bonding
  • Tooth sealant application
  • Fluoride treatment
  • Root canal
  • Tooth extraction
  • Veneer placement
  • Denture placement
  • Crown placement
  • Bridge placement
  • Gingivitis treatment
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) treatment


In addition, your general dentist can also teach you how to properly take care of your teeth by instructing you how to brush and floss. The dentist can also teach you about what to eat and not to eat to keep your teeth healthy.


What Happens if the General Dentist Cannot Treat Me?

There are conditions that general dentists cannot treat. When that happens, the dentist will refer you to the proper dental specialist who can better treat your oral problem. For example, if you need implants, you can be referred to a dental surgeon or prosthodontist. Or if you have severe malocclusion, you can be referred to an orthodontist.

Expert Dental Care Serving Murrieta, Temecula, Menifee, Wildomar, and Lake Elsinore, CA

Contact Dr. Todd Curley, DDS, at (951) 698-6220 for inquiries or to book an appointment. Visit us at 39755 Murrieta Hot Springs Rd., Ste. D110, Murrieta, CA 92563 for the best dental care and treatments.


39755 Murrieta Hot Springs Rd d110,
Murrieta, CA 92563

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