Caring for the health and well-being of your smiles is one of the most important steps a person can take on a day-to-day basis. After all, good oral health is the key to looking and feeling your best for years to come. At Junction Dental, Dr. Iversen and his experienced team are committed to making practicing good oral hygiene habits easy and convenient. We focus on providing practical care that benefits both your oral and systemic health and take the time to clearly explain the purpose of any recommended treatment options, so that your steps going forward are easy to manage. If you’re searching for a trusted, compassionate general dentist, here’s what you should know before scheduling an appointment with Dr. Iversen at Junction Dental.

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What is General Dentistry?

General dentistry includes treatment for a wide range of oral health diseases, such as:

  • Cavities
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth trauma
  • Tooth infection
  • Soft tissue problems, such as oral cancer
  • Misaligned or crowded teeth
  • Esthetic concerns
  • Damage from grinding or clenching

The primary purpose of general dentistry is to maintain good oral health through complete dental care services. This impacts systemic health by detecting disease, treating disease, and identifying proactive and preventive treatment options.

How Does Good Dental Health Impact Your Overall Health?

Growing bodies of evidence continue to support the links between oral and systemic health by identifying various inflammatory markers present in diseased mouths and other areas of the body, such as the cardiovascular system. By improving your oral health, you are taking a proactive step to reduce these inflammatory risk factors, which improves your systemic overall health.

At Junction Dental, Dr. Iversen and his team can help patients with sleep apnea identification and the use of oral sleep apnea devices to help reposition the patient’s airway and reduce the chronic stress certain individuals may have for years without knowing it. Snoring and nighttime grinding can all be risk factors for having sleep apnea. Fortunately, when treated adequately, people with sleep apnea report dramatic improvements in sleep quality, daily energy, and cognitive improvements on top of reducing high blood pressure and improving their cardiovascular health.

What is the Most Common Procedure Done By a General Dentist?

The majority of the services performed at Junction Dental include dental exams, professional cleanings, fillings, and “same-day” dental crowns. Additionally, Dr. Iversen and his team can handle smile make-overs with our Clear Aligner program called “Sure Smile” and esthetic crown options to customize solutions for each patient. Dr. Iversen has undergone extensive training via CE and Residency programs to handle more complex oral surgery and tooth extraction cases, as well as root canal procedures. We are also proud to provide treatment options for full dentures, partial dentures, night guards, and lost orthodontic retainers.

Why Do People Need to See a General Dentist?

A general dentist can help establish a baseline oral health plan customized for patient’s unique needs. They serve to provide complete dental care services that include preventative maintenance and intervention treatment options for a variety of oral health concerns a patient may experience. At Junction Dental, we provide coordination with referrals to other dental specialists when needed to create consistency and clarity while striving to achieve an individual’s oral health goals.

How Young is Too Young to be Seen at Your Practice?

Dr. Iversen is happy to see patients of any age, especially if they are experiencing an oral health concern. Typically, we recommended first dental visits when the child’s first teeth erupt or at least by one year of age. In some cases, infants have trouble nursing due to being “tongue-tied” and the tongue tissue requires a simple surgical procedure to release the tongue for proper movement. We currently accept referrals to provide this service when needed.

When Should You See a General Dentist?

If you don’t already have a general dentist you see every six months for regular dental exams and cleanings, now is the time to schedule an appointment with Dr. Iversen before noticeable problems develop. It is always easier to detect, prevent, and treat oral health problems with better outcomes before problems become uncomfortable and costly. Contact our general dental clinic today to see how easy and convenient caring for your smile can be!