General Dentistry

What is General Dentistry?

According to the American Dental Association, dentistry is focused on the evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of conditions impacting your oral and maxillofacial region. There are two types of dentists: general and specialist. General dentists make up approximately 80% of practitioners, while specialists make up the remaining 20%.
A general dentist offers preventative and restorative dental services, including x-rays, exams, cleanings, fillings, and sealants. Most general dentists treat patients of all ages and offer a variety of treatments. Most specialists focus on one age range or one specific area of oral and maxillofacial health.

General Dentistry Services We Offer at Luminescence Dentistry

Dr. Gaurav Tyagi and the team at Luminescence Dentistry are proud to offer an array of general dental services, including:

New Patients

If you are a new patient, the first thing we will do is sit down and talk. We want to get to know you and find out about your goals and concerns. Then, we will take x-rays and conduct a comprehensive exam. This will give us a clear picture of your current dental condition and help us create a treatment plan to help you meet your goals.

Root Canal

According to the American Association of Endodontics, root canals are one of the most common dental procedures performed. More than 15 million are performed annually. Dr. Tyagi uses a root canal to save a tooth that has been severely damaged due to decay, trauma, gum infection, cracks/fractures, and deep cavities.
During a root canal, we will remove any tooth pulp that is inflamed and/or infected. This will reduce the risk of the problem escalating, creating a need for tooth extraction.

Tooth Extraction

When you have a tooth that has been damaged, the first step is to try to save the tooth if possible. However, in some cases, dental crowns or fillings are not enough. In this case, we will perform a tooth extraction.
Tooth extraction is the process of removing a tooth from the jaw. There are two types of extractions: simple and surgical. A simple extraction involves pulling the tooth, while surgical extraction requires the patient to be sedated and the tooth to be cut out.

Deep Cleaning

Dental deep cleaning is required when tartar buildup has led to infection in the gums, causing the gums to pull away from the teeth. This can ultimately lead to bone loss and tooth loss. This procedure is also known as scaling and root planing- and focuses on the outer surface of tooth roots and below the gum line

Oral Hygiene

The key to your oral health is your oral hygiene habits. Dr. Tyagi and the team will work with you to help you build healthy oral hygiene habits, including brushing twice daily and flossing before bed. If you have dental restorations or orthodontic appliances, he will explain the best way to care for them.

Gum Disease

Dr. Tyagi offers both surgical and non-surgical gum disease treatment options. The appropriate one for you depends on several factors:
●     The stage of the disease
●     Your response to previous treatments
●     Your overall health
Non-surgical options include professional dental cleaning and scaling/root planing.
Surgical options include gum flap surgery, bone grafts, soft tissue grafts, guided tissue regeneration, and bone surgery.

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Dr. Tyagi attended the University of California San Francisco. He graduated in 2012 with his degree in dentistry. He spent 7 years as a general dentist in a private practice in Dallas. After that, he completed a 3-year program in Prosthodontics at Rutgers in New Jersey. This means he has the knowledge and expertise to perform smile make overs, full mouth rehabs, dental implants, and more.

General Dentistry FAQ

Dr. Tyagi and the team at Luminescence Dentistry understand that you have questions when it comes to dental treatment. Some of the most common questions our patients ask include:

How many dentists are general dentists?

Research shows that 80% of dentists practice general dentistry, while 20% are specialists.

What issues does general dentistry address?

General dentistry focuses on the evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of common dental issues. Dr. Tyagi has the knowledge and expertise to do root canals, extractions, cleanings, and more. He will work with you to help you understand the best way to care for your teeth because your oral hygiene is the key to your oral health.

Do root canals hurt?

You will be given local anesthesia to numb the area before we get started. If you have dental anxiety, we will be happy to provide you with sedation. You will need to let us know of your sedation needs during your consultation.

Does tooth extraction hurt?

Local anesthesia is also used for extractions. You may feel some pressure, but you should not feel any pain during the procedure. However, if you need it, we will provide you with sedation.