General dentistry is a term that might not be clear to most people. However, most people actually know what it is, and they’d probably just call it “dentistry.” General dentistry describes the types of procedures that maintain and restore oral health.

If you are looking for a dentist in Myrtle Beach, we offer a full range of preventative and restorative dentistry procedures. Please call 843-903-3111 today for an appointment with Dr. Dustin Holladay, DMD at Carolina Forest Cosmetic Dentistry.

Cosmetic Dentistry and General Dentistry

Many people think that because our name is Carolina Forest Cosmetic Dentistry that we don’t actually offer general dentistry procedures. That’s not true at all. We believe that having a healthy mouth is an essential foundation for ensuring a beautiful smile.

But we also believe that cosmetic dentistry is an essential part of doing dentistry right. Looking good is an essential function of your teeth, and if you have unattractive restorations, it means that your smile hasn’t actually been fully repaired. That’s why we make sure all dentistry we perform also protects the appearance of your teeth.

Preventative Dental Care

One of the best investments you can make in your health is getting regular preventative dental care. These checkups and cleanings help you maintain your oral health, which provides an important foundation not just for a beautiful smile, but for good overall health.

At your regular dental visit, we will provide you with a professional cleaning for your teeth. This removes hardened dental deposits–known as tartar or dental calculus–that can provide shelter for damaging oral bacteria. You can’t remove these deposits at home, and if they’re allowed to build up it can increase your risk of cavities and gum disease.

We’ll also inspect your teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy. Early detection of cavities is good: it allows us to treat them with minimally invasive approaches. With early detection, sometimes just a change in your hygiene and diet is enough.

We use advanced technology to help us detect your cavities early. Diagnodent laser cavity detection lets us find cavities that are virtually invisible to the eye, including large submerged cavities that may have only a small surface opening.

We also offer dental sealants. These plastic coatings cover the large, square teeth at the back of your mouth. This keeps the cracks and crevices from trapping food and bacteria, which can cause cavities. In the past, dentists used sealants primarily for children, but we now understand that adults can also benefit from this preventative dentistry approach.

Restorative Dental Care

If your teeth do develop problems such as cavities, we can call on a full array of restorative treatments that can improve the health and beauty of your teeth.

For small cavities, we offer dental fillings. We use tooth-colored composite fillings that can successfully and invisible treat small cavities. For larger cavities or if you are looking for the most attractive restorations, we offer inlays and onlays. These ceramic fillings not only look the most like natural tooth material, they are strong, strong enough to restore strength your teeth lost as a result of decay.

For teeth that are badly damaged, we might recommend a dental crown. Dental crowns are fully ceramic restorations that cover the entire visible surface of the tooth. If decay has penetrated into the interior of the tooth, it can become infected. Root canal therapy can remove the infection and return your tooth to healthy function.

However, if a tooth cannot be repaired, we offer tooth extraction as well as replacement with a dental implant.

Gum Disease: A Chronic Health Hazard

But tooth decay isn’t the only threat to your oral health. Gum disease is also a serious consideration–it’s also the leading cause of tooth loss among adults in the US.

Plus, gum disease is a chronic infection that has been linked to serious health harms, such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cancer

In many cases, treating gum disease can reduce your risk and need for care from these other conditions. Because of this, it can sometimes save thousands of dollars in other medical expenses each year.

Protect Your Oral Health in Myrtle Beach

If you are concerned about your oral health and are looking for a general dentist to help you maintain a healthy mouth, please call 843-903-3111 today for an appointment with Dr. Dustin Holladay at Carolina Forest Cosmetic Dentistry in Myrtle Beach.