General Dentistry Horizon Family Dental Care

General dentistry is a type of dental care in which we evaluate, diagnose, and treat our patients’ dental concerns. Routine dental appointments are essential to general dentistry in our Baltimore, MD office. During these appointments, we offer dental cleanings, fillings, sealants, and fluoride treatment.

Our general dental services are also preventative. Preventive dentistry can prevent common dental problems such as gum disease, tooth decay, and cavities. By scheduling regular visits at one of our offices, you can keep oral health issues at bay.

General Dentistry in Baltimore, Maryland

Choose Horizon Family Dental Care

Our offices’ dentists are dedicated to each patient’s comfort. Along with our dental hygienists and office staff, our dentists want you to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Regular visits are a part of general and preventive dentistry.

At Horizon Family Dental Care, we provide comprehensive dental care, including:

  • Dental Cleanings
  • Digital X-rays
  • Gum Disease Screening
  • Oral Cancer Screening
  • Cavity Screening

After routine cleanings, we also provide fluoride treatment and sealants for children to stop tooth cavities. Cavities are a common dental problem in children. Regular visits and at-home care can prevent the need for fillings or restorative care later in life.

In addition, if we discover you have a dental problem, we can begin a treatment plan. You may also visit our office with questions about any emerging dental concerns. As soon as you notice a change in your health, schedule a visit.

General Dentistry in Baltimore, MD

In addition to regular dental visits, our office provides general dental services. General dental care helps keep the teeth and gums healthy and prevents harmful infections and dental injuries. Our common general dentistry services include:

Custom Mouthguard

Do you or a loved one play contact sports like lacrosse, basketball, or soccer? You need a sports mouthguard. Mouthguards help protect the teeth and gums from injury or damage during sports. A professional mouthguard that fits comfortably and properly in the mouth. It also makes it easier for athletes to communicate with their teammates.

Emergency Dentistry

Please call us in the event of a dental emergency. We can provide treatment for you as soon as possible. Some of the most common emergencies we treat include:

  • Lost permanent teeth
  • Broken or damaged teeth and restorations
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Toothaches

We want our patients to know that we are here for them to provide immediate treatment.

Family Dentistry

As a family dentist, we can see multiple members of your family under one roof. We help patients of all ages receive the oral health care they need. Our team can also help patients learn the best methods of caring for their child’s smile.

Root Canals

A root canal is a dental procedure that removes infected dental pulp. The pulp is made up of vessels and nerves inside of a tooth. If bacteria infect the pulp, it means the tooth is dead. However, we can save the tooth with a root canal.

During treatment, we clean the inside of the tooth, called the chamber. Then, we seal the chamber to lessen the chance of reinfection. We also provide dental crowns to strengthen teeth after root canal therapy.

Sedation Dentistry

Dental sedation is a treatment method that calms and relaxes patients for dental procedures. Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a common option we use for oral health treatments.

This dental tool is safe for patients of all ages. We can safely control the amount of sedation you receive and administer it based on your age, weight, and size.

Tooth Extractions

Patients often need tooth extractions for severely infected, overcrowded, or impacted teeth. When we remove these teeth, it can create a healthier and more comfortable smile.

We ensure comfortable tooth extraction treatments with anesthesia and sedation if needed. The extraction will also relieve painful symptoms. Following a tooth extraction, we can provide dental restorations if you need a replacement tooth or teeth.

General Dentistry FAQs

Learn answers to commonly asked questions about general dentistry in Baltimore, MD, below:

Can sports mouthguards treat teeth grinding?

Teeth clenching and grinding are common symptoms of TMJ disorders. We offer nightguards for patients to wear that protect the teeth from further wear and tear caused by bruxism, or teeth grinding. The nightguards also alleviate jaw and tooth pressure and can help combat morning headaches and migraines.

Sports mouthguards may be similar to nightguards. However, you cannot use a sports mouthguard to treat teeth grinding. Sports mouthguards are made of thicker material and are only meant to prevent injuries during games. These mouthguards will likely fall out of the mouth without protecting the teeth from TMJ symptoms.

Are dental extractions painful?

We offer local anesthetic and dental sedation to help patients feel comfortable during tooth extraction treatment. Anesthetic and sedation create a pain-free experience.

Patients may feel sore after the extraction procedure. However, we will provide them with a prescription and instructions on how to heal quickly and comfortably. Cold compresses, pain medication, and eating soft foods will reduce pain and ensure comfortable healing after tooth removal.

Why do I need a crown after a root canal?

In addition to gutta percha, which fills the canal, and a filling, which provides extra support, we often recommend a crown. We often recommend crowns, or caps for a weakened tooth after root canal therapy. If you have an infected tooth, you may lose part of your natural tooth.

A crown is a tooth-colored cap that fully covers your tooth. We will provide a crown to protect your worn or weakened tooth. The crown can also cover a large filling to prevent your tooth from chipping or cracking. Dental crowns are strong enough to withstand normal biting forces and prevent further infection or damage.

Request a Dental Appointment

Get preventative, general dental care at one of our dental offices. We serve Baltimore, La Plata, Clinton, and Hanover, Maryland. You can schedule an appointment with us on our website.

If you have any questions, please let us know. We look forward to seeing you at your next dental visit.