Posted by Northtowne Dental Sep 30, 2022

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General dentistry refers to the general maintenance of your smile. It’s an important part of your dental health. At Northtowne Dental, our general dentist in Albuquerque provide a wide range of services aimed at ensuring your teeth and gums remain healthy and clean.

General dentistry treatments include:

Regular Dental Cleaning

When patients visit their dentist for regular dental cleaning, they’re getting more than just a pretty smile. The dentist or dental hygienist will clean and polish your teeth to remove plaque. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on the teeth. When left on the teeth, plaque can eventually lead to tooth decay and gum disease. The dentist will also check your teeth, gums, tongue, and overall oral health for problems such as cavities, oral cancer, and gum disease.


Dental fillings are the most common type of general dentistry service. A filling uses a pliable material to fill the gap in your tooth caused by decay once it is removed. They can be made of silver amalgam or composite resin.


Crowns are a type of dental restoration that completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant. They are often necessary when a tooth has a severe crack, decay, or break or if a patient is receiving an implant and needs a support post to hold the crown in place. They can be made of a variety of materials, including porcelain, ceramic, metal, resin, or porcelain-fused-to-metal.


Bridges, or fixed partial dentures, are designed to replace one or more missing teeth. The bridge can be made of porcelain or porcelain fused with precious metal. The porcelain bridge is matched to the color of your surrounding teeth. A fixed bridge is permanently cemented in the mouth, unlike a removable bridge.


If you need to replace missing or damaged teeth, general dentistry treatments can provide you with dentures. They are removable dental appliances that are designed to replace missing teeth. They can help to restore your oral function, restore your confidence and improve your appearance.

There are two main types of dentures available:

Partial Dentures: Partial dentures are an appliance that is designed to replace just a few missing teeth. They can be supported by dental implants or natural teeth that are left in place.

Complete Dentures: Complete dentures are an appliance that is designed to replace an entire dental arch. They are supported by the gums; there are no natural teeth left in place.

Root Canals

A root canal is a procedure that removes infected tissue from inside a tooth. It can also save a tooth that is badly decayed. The dentist will carefully remove the infected tissue and the nerve. This will prevent the infection from spreading to other areas.

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are thin coatings of plastic that harden over the chewing surfaces of teeth. They are most often placed on the premolars and molars. They are commonly recommended for children, but some adults can benefit from them as well.

Dental sealants help prevent cavities and protect the teeth from decay-causing bacteria and acid. It’s important to maintain good oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing, even after dental sealants are applied.

To learn more about our dental procedures, call us at 505-797-1000 or visit our dental office located at 5900 Cubero Drive NE, Suite B, Albuquerque, NM 87109.

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