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Cosmetic Dentistry VS General Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry VS General Dentistry

One of the most common questions we receive from our patients is What is the difference between cosmetic and general dentistry? Here is the best example of what is the difference between Cosmetic and General Dentistry.

In a nutshell, cosmetic dentistry deals on the appearance of teeth, while general dentistry focuses on preventing and treating oral diseases. However, one thing to remember all the dentists have earned a DDS or DMD degree. That means either your dentist are specialized in cosmetic or general dentistry they're perfectly able to treat your dental needs.

Below, we have further classified the difference between Cosmetic and General Dentistry:

A Cosmetic Dentistry can help you in giving a better smile makeover by performing elective dental procedures that make your smile (teeth) more attractive. Cosmetic dentistry includes dental treatments, such as Dental Veneers, Dental Crowns, Teeth Whitening, Porcelain Crowns, Gum Reshaping, and Dental Implants.

General dentistry is dedicated to performing dental treatment such as teeth cleaning, preventing and treating an oral disease like a cavity, and gum disease. The general dentist can also perform some of the cosmetic procedure like teeth whitening, and dental bonding.

While there might be some difference in cosmetic and general dentistry, but they overlap in certain situations. For example, when a tooth gets decayed, it needs to be extracted to prevent it from spreading further, this tooth extraction part comes under General Dentistry. Once the tooth gets extracted the appearance of the smile get affected, to replace the missing tooth the patient goes for other dental procedure like dental bonding, porcelain veneers, and crown, which comes under Cosmetic Dentistry.

As you can see in the above example, there is no clear line dividing cosmetic, and general dentistry.

At Apex Smiles, we offer full-service dental treatment for both cosmetic, and general dentistry. Our Cosmetic Dentist in Apex, NC Dr. Chirnalli, and team are experienced dental professional and give you the best dental treatment possible. Please schedule an appointment by calling us at (919) 380-8888.

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