What’s the Difference Between a General Dentist and a Cosmetic Dentist?

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Understanding the difference between a general and cosmetic dentist can make a big difference when it comes to choosing a dentist based on your oral health needs. Both types have received the same initial training and earned their certifications, but there are some differences between them. Either way, you can be sure that both a general and cosmetic dentist both have your oral health in mind.

Ridgetop Dental is a Reston, VA cosmetic dental practice dedicated to helping you achieve your cosmetic dentistry goals. 

General Dentists Prioritize Your Oral Health Over Aesthetics

A general dentist typically helps patients with oral health issues such as gingivitis, gum disease, tooth decay, tooth pain, and managing your oral health. If you have tooth pain, you’ll probably first look for a general dentist.

For example, if you have a cracked or infected tooth, a general dentist may perform an extraction. They may or may not have the training necessary to restore the appearance of your smile, such as a dental implant or implant-supported bridge. A general dentist may also use metal fillings as opposed to porcelain, which are more visible and pose potential risks to your oral health.

While a general dentist is dedicated to your oral health, any advanced aesthetic concerns should be addressed by a highly trained, experienced cosmetic dentist.

Cosmetic Dentists Restore Health, Function, and Aesthetics

When you’re looking for a smile makeover or are looking for restorative dentistry such as dental implants, Invisalign, same-day crowns, or veneers, consider a cosmetic dentist. They can help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile that functions at its best.

Cosmetic dentists typically have additional training beyond their initial dental studies, and have professional affiliations such as the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and American Academy of Implant Dentistry. 

Cosmetic dentistry is both a science and an art. Dr. Datta combines his innate artistic eye with advanced digital dental technology to create natural smiles that blend cohesively with the patient’s natural features. Ridgetop Dental is equipped with videography, 3-D imaging and CAD/CAM technology making it possible to provide patients with a visual representation of their future smile.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Reston, VA

Ridgetop Dental is your home for complete dentistry, from oral health concerns to designing your dream smile. Contact our office for a smile consultation today to learn more.