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General Dentistry

General dentistry encompasses a broad range of dental services aimed at maintaining and improving oral health. It’s the primary dental care that patients receive for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of a wide variety of conditions affecting the teeth, gums, and jaw. Here are some key aspects of general dentistry:


Preventive Services

These services are crucial in helping maintain good oral health by preventing disease before it takes hold in your mouth. Regular exams (including diagnostic images such as X-rays) and professional teeth cleanings are cornerstones of prevention. General dentists may offer guidance on nutrition, personal habits, and other lifestyle factors that could impact oral health.

Restorative Services

When a dental problem is identified, your general dentist will ensure you receive timely and appropriate treatment. Common restorative services include treating tooth decay (filling cavities), repairing damaged teeth (e.g., crowns, bridges), and treating gum disease. General dentists can also offer treatments for missing teeth, helping to restore the patient's smile and oral health.

Cosmetic Procedures

Many general dentists can help you achieve a brighter, more even smile with cosmetic procedures. These may include teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding, and even porcelain veneers.

Overall Health Concerns

General dentists are trained to identify issues that may indicate problems beyond your mouth. Since oral health is intertwined with overall health, general dentistry can sometimes reveal signs of systemic diseases, such as diabetes, that first manifest in the mouth.

Pediatric Dentistry

Some general dentists also provide care for children from infancy through the teenage years. They are skilled in addressing dental developmental issues and can offer personalized care tailored to children's needs.

Emergency Dental Care

General dentists often provide emergency dental care for issues like toothaches, broken teeth, and abscesses. They can provide immediate relief and treatment to prevent further complications.


Some general dentists may offer basic orthodontic treatments or can refer patients to a specialist (orthodontist) for complex cases.

Oral Surgery

Procedures like simple tooth extractions are often performed by general dentists. For more complex surgeries, they may refer patients to oral surgeons.

For more information about our General Dentistry services, please call our facility at Flintridge Dental Studio by dialing (818) 814-9732 for an appointment.