General dentists provide essential dental care for patients of any age. They treat the entire family for the overall care of their oral health. Your dentist is responsible for not only the diagnosis of tooth decay & issues, but also in the coordination of the treatment for your dental services. The general dentist is also supported by staff such as: dental hygienists, assistants, technicians, anesthesiologists, orthodontists, denturists, endodontists, prosthodontists, periodontists, and other dentists, to perform the various dental treatments you may require, which may be done in their own, or a separate clinic. If a specialized procedure is required, your dentist may either be experienced and educated enough to handle the task themselves, or may need to send you to another clinic to receive the treatments you need.
The General Dentists Practice
According to the Canadian Dental Association, there are close to 18,000 licensed dentists in Canada, 75% of them being males (however this is changing). General dentists account for over 85% of licensed dentists in Canada, and there is roughly 1 dentist for every 1,700 Canadians (as high as 1/5000 in rural areas). In general, 2/3 of the population visit their dentist yearly, not surprisingly is the same percentage that also have some level of dental coverage. About half of dentists choose to work alone in their own clinics, while some work in hospitals, perform research, or work for corporations.
The Procedures That General Dentists Provide
To become a general dentist, 6-7 years of post-secondary education are required, while specializing in other areas may require additional years of education. It is common for general dentist to be equipped to handle several areas of dental services, to provide multiple services for the convenience of their patients, such as:
- Cosmetic dentistry
- Crowns, bonding & bridges
- Dental implants and Dentures
- Gum disease (such as gingivitis)
- Dental Hygiene
- Root canals
- Restorative care
- Teeth cleanings
- TMD/TMJ therapy
At Bradford Family Dentistry, we use the most up-to-date procedures, equipment, and materials, while maintaining a holistic approach to dentistry and patient welfare. We believe in using dental substances & technology that is safer to the body, such as dental bonding instead of mercury fillings, and digital x-rays instead of traditional.
If it has been a while since you have seen a dentist, there is no need to be stressed out about it. We have several sedation methods that take the worry out of your visit. It is important to maintain the health of your teeth to avoid further problems such as gingivitis, periodontal disease, trench mouth, and oral cancer. We welcome you to come to our general dentistry clinic in Bradford for a free consultation appointment – just click on the button below and enter your phone number to connect with us.