Many who study dentistry specialize in a particular field, such as orthodontics, endodontics, or pediatrics. Others learn it all. A general dentist is able to treat a wide variety of ailments.Sometimes called “family dentists” because of their ability to treat everyone in the family, these practitioners are likely going to the the first and possibly only dentist that customers need to see.

A General Dentist’s Qualifications

An image showing the different skills of a general dentist.
The skills a Las Vegas general dentist needs to have.

A general dentist has studied and trained at least as long as any other dentist to achieve their license.  An Absolute dental dentist has probably trained even longer.  Of course, a specialist has completed extra years of training in their own area of dental expertise, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that a general dentist will not be just as good or better in that field. A general dentist with years of experience, who has learned about teeth and grown in knowledge  can be a complete solution all on his own.A qualified, experienced general dentist will know exactly where their knowledge ends and the dental specialists’ knowledge begins. Find a dentist whose company you enjoy and who you trust, then, whether he chooses to do procedures himself or recommend someone else, you’ll know you’re in good hands.

The experienced staff at Absolute Dental is trained in all aspects of general and family dentistry including: Exams, X-Rays, Deep and Light Cleanings, Fillings, Extractions, Crowns, Bridges, Root Canals and Dentures. To provide the best care possible, we always use the latest state of the art equipment, materials and sterilization techniques, and strictly adhere to the standards of care in the industry. At Absolute Dental, whether you just need to take care of a few fillings, or it’s your child’s first cavity, you can relax knowing your family is getting the very best care.

A General Dentists Duties:

The treatments usually performed by a general dentist will be:

Fillings:
Cavities and similar problems are common, and fall squarely into the domain of the general dentist. Fillings keep cavities from developing into worse issues, and can also keep teeth looking their best. Common types of fillings are gold, amalgam, mercury, porcelain, or composite resin.
Root Canal:
When the pulp of a tooth becomes infected, a root canal is needed. A dentist will drill down into the infected area and remove the bacteria and infected tissue. Most general dentists are comfortable performing this procedure, but if not, a specialist will be recommended.
Dental Bridge:
Bridges are constructed for those with missing teeth. They consist of false teeth, held in place by crowns which fit over the real teeth surrounding the gap. Again, most general dentists will perform this procedure, but bridging specialists can also be found.
Crowns:
Teeth that are broken but uninfected can be capped to prevent further damage. The caps are called crowns.
Dentures:
For those missing several teeth, enough that a bridge will not work, dentures might be needed. Dentures can comprise an entire set of teeth, or just the teeth that are needed.
A toddler cleaning his teeth before a visit to the dentist
General teeth cleaning
Teeth Cleaning:
A common service that falls clearly in the purview of the general dentist is dental cleaning. Even the best brushing and flossing habits can’t keep back all the plaque and debris that builds up in and around teeth.
Bonding:
The process of attaching a veneer or similar substance to a tooth is called bonding. This procedure often falls to the specialist in cosmetic dentistry, however, most general dentists are more than able to complete it.
Oral Treatments:
The addition of dental implants or handling of syndromes like TMJ are considered oral treatments. Most general dentists are well versed in these areas of practice.
X-rays:
The more information a general dentist has about the workings of a patient’s teeth and gums, the better. Fast and safe x-rays are a first step for most dentists.