What is a General Dentist?
At Inspire Dentistry of the Carolinas, we define general dentistry as personal, comprehensive care by a trusted professional who treats every patient like family. General dentists like Dr. Añonuevo have a broad range of knowledge in every aspect of their profession. Unlike dentists who specialize in surgery, gum disease, orthodontics or other fields, general dentists focus on the big picture, and the many important variables that affect oral health.
Variety of Dental Expertise
Although general dentists are not specialists, they understand each specialty and have mastered it during many years of education and training. They apply these techniques to issues large and small, from filling the basic cavity to coordinating a full mouth restoration. They know how to detect and treat gum disease, manage inflammation and infection, correct imperfections and add new brilliance to your smile. And the best general dentists take a personal interest in you and your loved ones.
Because general dentists are also doctors, they are well-positioned to monitor your overall health, as well as the condition of your mouth, gums and teeth. Many untreated dental concerns can easily become hazards to your health. For example, gum disease increases risks to the health of your heart, and may even affect the gastrointestinal tract. Your dentist is always on the alert for serious warning signs, such as changes in gum tissue that could presage the development of a tumor.
Preventive Care Is the Key for General Dentistry
Prevention is a central focus for general dentists. This is often overlooked by dental specialists who perform surgical procedures all day. To general dentists, surgical solutions are the last resort, and prevention is a much simpler and more effective strategy. Diagnosing and preventing conditions comprise the bulk of a general dentist’s time. Top general dentists learn to be proactive in identifying conditions, and recommend the least invasive treatments.
As part of prevention, general dentists encourage patients to schedule regular check-ups. When Dr. Añonuevo is able to examine your teeth at least twice a year, he can identify any emerging problems, as well as clean and polish your teeth.
If he notices the early warning signs of gum disease, he can suggest strategies for altering your brushing, flossing and eating habits, and schedule a series of deep cleanings to reverse the progression of the disease. If he notices a cavity, an appointment can be scheduled for a filling, crown or root canal, based on the severity of the decay.
If you would like to discuss your specific dental needs with a respected, trustworthy dentist in Charlotte, we invite you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Añonuevo. Please call or email Inspire Dentistry of the Carolinas today to make your appointment.