General dentistry is the practice of evaluating, diagnosing, preventing, and treating the various diseases, disorders, and/or conditions that can affect your teeth, gums, jaws, mouth, or surrounding structures. The primary goal of general dentistry, however, is to prevent the occurrence of dental issues or to identify and manage these issues early on.
To properly diagnose and manage dental conditions, general dentists are required to attend dental school and pass national and state licensing exams. Dr. Jaskaren Randhawa earned her Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (DMD) from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and has continued to develop her clinical expertise in generalized dental care.
Did You Know?
The two main causes of tooth loss are tooth decay and gum disease. Both of these conditions can be prevented and treated with general dentistry. Attending regular general dental appointments substantially decreases your chances of losing your teeth and helps to preserve a healthy smile for many years to come.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What are the general dental services?
General dental services cover a wide range of dental services and can be divided into four main categories: preventative services, restorative services, cosmetic services, and overall health services.
- Preventative: Any type of service that pertains to the avoidance of dental issues. Services such as regular exams, dental x-rays, professional teeth cleanings, and patient education all fall under the scope of preventative services. In addition, certain procedures such as the application of dental sealants or fitting you for a mouthguard can also be considered preventative services.
- Restorative: Any type of service that pertains to the treatment of dental issues. When a dental issue is identified, restorative services are the treatment used to address the issue. The most common type of restorative treatment is dental fillings, however services such as root canals, emergency dental care, crowns, bridges, and dentures can also be performed as restorative services.
- Cosmetic: Any type of service that pertains to enhancing the visual aspects of your smile. These usually include services such as teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding, porcelain veneers, or any combination of the aforementioned services for a smile makeover.
- Overall Health: Any type of service that pertains to your overall health. Since your oral health is closely related to your overall health, sometimes oral health issues could indicate overall health issues or vice versa. One common example is that frequent periodontal infections could indicate diabetes. Also, certain conditions, such as pregnancy, could require specific dental services.
What is the difference between a DDS and a DMD?
Dr. Jaskaren Randhawa is a DMD, meaning Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry. The other title general dentists can have is a DDS, meaning Doctor of Dental Surgery. Both a DMD and a DDS receive the same training and education, and the titles mean the same thing. The only difference between a DDS and a DMD is simply the title printed on their degree.
Do I need to visit a general dentist?
Yes! General dentists are experts in maintaining oral health and can help you develop a preventative dental plan to prevent dental issues from occurring. They can also treat any issues you might be having and restore your oral health. You should visit Midtown Dental Care at least twice a year for your dental checkup and teeth cleaning.
What should I expect during a general dental appointment?
Your general dental appointment will begin with a dental exam where Dr. Randhawa will examine your teeth and gums, checking for any indicators of possible decay, disease, or damage. She will then perform an oral cancer screening on the soft tissues in your mouth, as well as around the jaw area. She will also check the alignment of your bite and test the functioning of your jaw. Dental x-rays will most likely be taken to check the internal skeletal structure for signs of cavities or other possible issues. Finally, she will discuss any of her findings with you and then answer any questions you may have.
After your dental exam is complete, you will then receive professional teeth cleaning. Your professional teeth cleaning will begin with the removal of plaque and tartar. Plaque can usually be removed when brushing or flossing, however, tartar is much harder and can only be removed during professional teeth cleaning with a special tool called a scaler. After your teeth have been scaled, your teeth will be brushed with a gritty toothpaste, thoroughly flossed, and rinsed with a fluoride rinse. The finals steps of your professional teeth cleaning will be to treat your teeth with a fluoride foam, and then have your teeth painted with a fluoride polish.
Is there anything I can do to prepare for my general dental appointment at Midtown Dental Care?
Yes. If you are a new patient and this is your first time visiting Midtown Dental Care, you will want to arrive about 10-15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time to fill out some paperwork. You may also want to decide what the fastest route is ahead of time to avoid the stress of being late to your appointment.
To make the most out of your appointment, you will also want to think up some questions to ask Dr. Randhawa. Consider your dental routine and any changes you’ve noticed with your teeth or gums. Be sure to write these things down along with any questions you may have. Some possible questions you can ask Dr. Randhawa are:
- Am I brushing and flossing correctly?
- How is my oral health and how can I improve it?
- Am I at risk for any oral health issues?
- What kind of toothpaste is best for me?
- Do I need to use mouthwash?
“Let us care for you and your smile”. For top general dentistry services, schedule a consultation with Dr. Jaskaren Randhawa of Midtown Dental Care today! Midtown Dental Care is located in the heart of Times Square and proudly serves New York, NY and the surrounding communities.