This blog post from Wildflower Dental in Sun City AZ describes the differences between general and cosmetic dentistry.
General dentists are dedicated to preventing and treating oral diseases such as cavities and gum disease. When a problem is diagnosed, like a cavity between two teeth, a general dentist will establish the best way to restore the tooth involved.
In cosmetic dentistry, we provide elective procedures that make a smile more attractive. Cosmetic dentistry procedures available at Wildflower Dental include teeth whitening and porcelain veneers.
Many dentists deliver both general and cosmetic dentistry. In some cases, there is a cosmetic component to restorative procedures. For example, if a dental patient comes in with a chipped a front tooth, the tooth needs to be restored to prevent decay. It is also less structurally sound, and vulnerable to further damage. In addition, the tooth affects the overall appearance of the smile.
As you can see, there is not always a clear line between general and cosmetic dentistry.
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