Difference Between Advanced Dentistry and General Dentistry

Examining mouthAdvanced dentistry deals with problems like teeth stains or discoloration and crooked, chipped, cracked, or missing tooth where as general dentistry deals with simple and necessary tooth treatments. In fact many people think that the two are just the same. They both deal with teeth, but they are very different.

For your routine dental checkups and professional cleanings, as a part of preventative dentistry and for a good dental care you go to a general dentist. But for your advanced or cosmetic dentistry treatments like when you want to enhance the appearance of your smile, you go to a cosmetic dentist providing advanced dentistry treatments like smile design, tooth coloured fillings, invisible braces etc. to improve the aesthetic look of your teeth.

05A major difference between advanced dentistry and general dentistry is the technology used. Cosmetic dentists in India use advanced, state-of-the-art technology to skillfully craft tooth restorations. Both a general dentist and a cosmetic dentist can replace missing teeth with a dental crown. They can both match the crown to your natural teeth in color, shape, and size but a cosmetic dentist will do the work more competently as compared to a general dentist.

cosmetic-dentistry1General Dentistry usually deals with the prevention and treatment of oral problems and diseases.  It consists of treatments that are needed to relieve the patient from pains or discomfort caused by a tooth. These include;

  • regular cleaning
  • treating cavities
  • root canals
  • fillings
  • Tooth whitening
  • Gingivitis treatments
  • Tooth removal
  • Dentistry crowns

Advanced dentistry is a field of dental treatment that requires advanced training, beyond the courses of general field of dentistry. When you smile, the first thing to be seen and noticed by other people is your teeth. Your perfect set of teeth affects the way you look and it also has a great impact on your self-confidence. To get that great smile you need to go to a cosmetic dentist. Cosmetic dentistry treatments include;

  • veneers,  dental implants
  • dental bonding, dental fillings
  • dental bridges
  • tooth shaping  and dentures.
  • dental crowns, dental caps
  • cosmetic gum surgery

General dentistry treatments cannot be avoided, they are necessary as the patient might be in pain or discomfort but cosmetic dentistry treatments are not really necessary as the teeth will still function even if you do not get these treatments done. These are usually done to improve your teeth, your smile, or your overall appearance.

Cosmetic dentistry also involves restorative dentistry. Fillings are a common procedure used to restore teeth that have become decayed, which a general dentist also does. But in cosmetic dentistry, patients are able to select the fillings that closely match the color of their natural teeth.

With advances in dental procedures and technology, nobody will even know that you have fillings in your mouth. Advanced dentistry allows people who have old fillings to replace them with newer tooth colored fillings to improve the appearance of their smile.

Thus, general oral diseases are treated by general dental practitioners and cosmetic dentistry is handled by cosmetic dental specialist. General dentistry is also known as traditional dentistry, it targets the oral hygiene and prevents oral diseases, tooth decay etc by diagnosis and dental oral treatment. And advanced dentistry aims to improve the appearance of the teeth, mouth and smile.

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Dr. Mukul

This blog is written by Dr Mukul Dabholkar – a cosmetic dentist located in Bandra Mumbai, India. He and his team of professional dentists have experience of performing root canal treatment, periodontal treatment and children dentistry of about 30 years.