Hello, I’m Dr. Stephen Ratcliff. Welcome to my Arlington TX cosmetic dentistry blog. Today’s article focuses on the difference between general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry.
General dentists in Arlington TX are dedicated to preventing and treating oral disease such as cavities and gum disease. When a problem is diagnosed, let’s say, a cavity between two teeth, a general dentist will assess the best way to restore the tooth involved.
Arlington TX cosmetic dentists perform elective dental procedures that make a smile more attractive. Cosmetic dentistry procedures available at Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Arlington TX include teeth whitening, tooth-colored fillings, dental bonding, veneers, inlays, onlays, and dental crowns.
Some Arlington dentists, like myself, offer both general and cosmetic dentistry procedures. In some cases, there is a cosmetic component to restorative procedures. For example, if an Arlington TX dental patient comes in after receiving an injury that chipped a front tooth, the tooth needs to be restored to prevent decay. The tooth is also less structurally sound, so it is vulnerable to further damage. In addition, the tooth affects the overall appearance of the smile. Depending on the specifics of the damage, there are several of restorative options. Dental bonding, porcelain veneers, and crowns are all used to repair a damaged tooth.
As you can see, there is not always a definitive line between general and cosmetic dentistry. At Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, my warm and friendly team provides the full spectrum of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental procedures. We treat Fort Worth area patients of all ages: from toddlers just beginning to get their baby teeth to mature clients who remember the days when many people were afraid of dentists and their whiny drills. (Some of our wonderful elderly Arlington TX patients have crowns that are twice as old as our hygienists.)
Experienced Arlington TX dental professionals who perform pediatric, general, orthodontic, and cosmetic dental procedures can meet all of your families’ dental needs.
If you are looking for a full-service family dentistry practice in the Arlington TX area, I invite you to come into Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Arlington, We are located at 909 W Mitchell St. To schedule an oral examination or smile makeover consultation, call 817-200-7323.
Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
909 W Mitchell St
Arlington, Texas 76013