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General Dentistry

From General Dentistry to Specialty Services, We Keep You Smiling!

Our professional and courteous dental team specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of various dental conditions. These highly trained dentists and dental hygienists provide general dentistry such as routine dental exams and cleanings, as well as more complex dental services.

In the event that your general dental treatment requires specialty services, Great Expressions offers in-house specialty services at many of our dental care centers. Our specialists will work with your general dentist to develop a personalized dental treatment plan and ensure the best possible results.

Why Great Expressions?

If you’re looking for a new family or general dentistry provider, you’ll love Great Expressions. At Great Expressions Dental Centers, we believe that maintaining quality dental health involves more than just general cleaning such as brushing and flossing your teeth — it involves caring for your smile. That’s your greatest expression.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • At what age should I take my child for their first dental appointment?

    The first treatment for children is generally recommended between three and four years of age, unless an unusual problem arises. Many dentists are now recommending infants be brought into the office to review with parents home care, what to expect in the oral development and what to look out for. A healthy head start to oral care can last a lifetime.

  • How do they do those great teeth makeovers on Extreme Makeover?

    Depending on the specific case, there are various procedures used to complete the "extreme makeover." People with crowded teeth would benefit from porcelain veneers, which is tooth-colored porcelain bonded directly to the teeth. Bonding is also used to improve chipped and/or misaligned teeth. If a person has spaces between their teeth, a dentist may apply a custom made, tooth colored material called composite resin. For discoloration or staining, there are a myriad of whitening products to give a person that brighter smile. Whatever a person’s situation or budget, there are several options that a Great Expressions Dental Center dentist has to improve your smile. Cosmetic dentistry doesn't only make you look better, it makes you feel better.

  • How much time and effort is involved to get my teeth whiter?

    Because of the options available today, you can have your whitening completed in a 1-2 hour visit to the dental office or in a 1-3 week period using one of the convenient take-home products. There are several options and it's best to discuss your expectations with your Great Expressions Dental Center dentist. He/she can help you decide on which method will be right for you. All bleaching or whitening will require touch up treatments in the future to maintain your bright new smile.
  • I have bad breath. Is there a better solution than over-the-counter mouthwashes?

    Some bad breath is related to food debris, and over-the-counter mouth rinses work just fine. However, bacteria in the mouth, which can be causing gum disease and decay, can also bring on chronic bad breath (halitosis). If your bad breath seems to stay with you, your dentist can help to remove the problem and keep it under control.

  • I have missing teeth. What options do I have?

    Most dentists today recommend dental implants as the most natural, functional, and esthetically pleasing option to replace missing teeth. The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts which are inserted into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth. Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.

    A "bridge" is another option where one or more existing teeth are used to hold the "suspended" replacement tooth in the area of the missing tooth. "Partials" allow patients to keep their remaining healthy teeth and replace missing teeth to restore form and function. Precision partials use fixed crowns and special attachments to secure the partial and eliminate the need for conventional clasping methods. You should discuss with your Great Expressions Dental Center dentist the options and your desires before deciding on a method of treatment.

  • Is it really necessary to go to the dentist every six months?

    YES!! For many people, once every six months is not often enough! Besides checking for cavities, your dentist and hygienist is evaluating the health of your gums, possible presence of gum disease which may harbor bacteria or infection that could create other health problems. Your head and neck region are examined for infection and oral cancer. Many diseases of the body show symptoms and signs in the oral cavity. To insure the best preventative care for you and your body, at least twice a year is recommended.

  • What is a white filling?

    A white filling or composite filling is a non-metallic material used for cosmetic purposes to restore a tooth. This type of filling is beneficial in that the restored tooth has a more natural appearance. Historically, these materials have been used mostly for front teeth, but with the advent of newer and stronger white materials, it can be used for restoring back teeth in most cases as well and is gaining popularity with many patients!

  • Why is it important to floss my teeth everyday?

    Teeth have 5 surfaces and brushing alone reaches only 3 surfaces! Bacteria are very small and do not require much space to survive. Decay and gum disease are caused by bacteria. Flossing is an attempt to clean surfaces of your teeth that you cannot reach with a toothbrush. Without flossing, it is virtually impossible to control gum disease and decay.

  • With all the teeth whitening products on the market, how can I tell which is the best for me?

    Depending on your current shade, you can achieve up to 8 shades lighter results in one office visit or you can whiten your smile up to 5 shades lighter in the convenience of your own home (using Discus Nite White or Crest Whitestrips). All teeth will have a tendency to pick up new stains over time. To maintain your results, a touch-up may be required periodically. Great Expressions Dental Centers offer all of these options, and there is sure to be one in your price range.