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The difference between preventative, cosmetic and restorative dentistry

Every dentist’s main concern is the health and function of your mouth. There are a number of specialties in the field of dentistry. There are a few differences between cosmetic, restorative, and preventative dentistry.

Preventative dentistry (general dentistry) is concerned with the prevention of dental problems and maintenance of a healthy mouth. Most dental checkups include preventative dentistry such as a full examination, dental x-rays, and dental cleaning. With proper preventative care, most patients can avoid more costly and invasive restorative dentistry.

Cosmetic dentists are primarily dedicated to enhancing the appearance of a patient’s smile. Before undergoing any cosmetic dentistry treatments, a patient must first undergo a complete examination to be sure there are no underlying problems such as decay and infection which could compromise cosmetic outcomes. Cosmetic procedures include tooth whitening, porcelain veneers, and Invisalign tooth straightening.

Restorative dentistry focuses on restoring function and structure to teeth that are missing, damaged, or infected. Dental crowns are the most common restorative dentistry treatment. Another restorative treatment is a root canal to remove infection from a tooth. Dental implants and dentures also fall into this category since they are designed to replace missing teeth to restore the function and appearance of a patient’s mouth.

Most dentists practice general or preventative dentistry in addition to a specialty. At Alouf Aesthetics our advanced training allows us to help you achiever your dental goals with preventative, cosmetic, restorative, and implant dentistry. Call us today for your consultation at 540.375.0095

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