General Dentistry vs. Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry can be considered a specialized field. It differs from general dentistry in certain ways. In general dentistry, the main focus is on the general welfare of your teeth. This involves treatment of various dental diseases and maintenance of oral health and hygiene. Cosmetic dentistry involves certain procedures, which are targeted at improving the aesthetics of your smile. Dr. LaFrom, one of Cupertino’s popular dentists, says that although they are separate categories of cosmetic dentistry, they mutually complement each other. If you do not have healthy teeth, they might not be able to endure the procedures of cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry also deals with teeth abnormalities like stains, chips, and unevenness that can make the teeth look unhealthy. Often, these problems need to be fixed or else, your general oral hygiene practices may get disturbed.

Cosmetic dentistry involves procedures like bleaching of the teeth to make them whiter, filling cavities with tooth-colored materials, repairing chips with fillings, reshaping teeth and closing gaps between them, covering broken teeth with veneers, gum recontouring using laser etc. Cosmetic dentistry satisfies the patients’ yearning for a beautiful smile. But these aesthetic improvements often also have a functional justification for them. General dentistry involves preventing, diagnosing, and treating dental diseases. Some of the common general dentistry procedures are extraction of teeth, application of sealants, removal of cavities, root canals, polishing and general oral hygiene. Dr. LaFrom says that it is essential to choose a cosmetic dentist who has received special training from American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD).

Please visit their website at for more details on cosmetic and general dentistry and to get Dr. LaFrom’s appointment.

These are the words of Linda, a satisfied patient –“My visits are always pleasant. I like the staff and they are always friendly. Dr. LaFrom is a great dentist.”

~ by cupertinodentist on September 15, 2009.

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