A question is often asked – ‘If someone faces a dental problem, which kind of dentist to visit, a specialist or general?’ There is no definite answer to this question because there is no definite reason why one is better than another. It really depends upon individual dentists and the condition the patient is in. It may also depend on the location of the patient, for example if you are placed closer to a specialist, you may avoid going to the general dentist whose office is a couple of miles away. It is really upon you to make this decision of picking one over the other. Take note of a few points to make an informed decision.
What is General Dentistry?
A general dentist is responsible for taking care of the overall oral well being by keeping a check on any burgeoning disease. This type of dentistry uses more preventive measures than restoration methods. The procedures that a general dentist is best suited for are prevention of periodontal diseases, cleaning, general examination, root canal, teeth whitening, dental bridges, bonding, fillings and dentures. Some of these procedures can be listed as cosmetic dentistry procedures but that alone is not enough to make the dentist a cosmetic dentist.
The Deciding Factors
To decide whether a certain dentist is good enough to provide your mouth adequate care and protection, you will have to judge him on a number of factors. The first one is experience. An experienced dentist always scores above others as he knows exactly what he is doing. If a dentist has been in practice for a long time and has performed several procedures, he would know how to handle any given situation and you will be able to trust him better. Although it is not a requisite, but it is definitely a possibility that an experienced general dentist will be able to help you better than a specialist. The reason is simple. A specialist has to deal with only a specific number of cases during his tenure, which can limit his area of expertise. On the other hand, a dentist carrying out general dentistry procedures would be well versed with different situations and dental conditions.
Another practical reason comes to fore to support the advantage of a general dentist over a specialist. This factor is the fees charged. Specialists are conventionally more expensive to consult than general dentists. So until and unless you are faced with a problem that specifically relates to a certain part of mouth or a particular dental ailment which comes under the purview of a specialist, a general dentist can take care of your teeth, without charging too much.
General dentistry is aimed at keeping your teeth as safe and healthy as possible. For that, both regular checkups at the clinic and consulting the dentist as soon as you feel discomfort are as important measures to keep mouth fit, as the age old routine habits of brushing twice and using dental floss. With a little help and care, your mouth may not even need to go to a specialist for treatment after all.