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What Procedures Does a General Dentist Perform?

As your primary dental care provider, your general dentist’s job is to diagnose, treat, manage, and preserve your overall oral health. This is achieved through a variety of practices and procedures aimed at protecting your natural teeth, gums, and oral tissue from serious buildup, infections, and diseases. Here are a few of the most common procedures Dr. Eddie Orobitg performs to maintain the quality of your smile.

Some of Our Common General Dentistry Procedures

Dr. Orobitg makes sure your teeth look great, function properly, and remain healthy with exams and procedures such as:

  • Bonding – Basically makeup for teeth, bonding is a treatment that applies several layers of tinted plastic resin onto chipped, gapped, decayed, discolored, or fractured teeth. The resin is then hardened, shaped, and polished to resemble a smooth part of your natural tooth.
  • Bridges and Implants – Whereas bridges consist of a replacement tooth anchored between two neighboring crowns, a dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is screwed into the jawbone and coupled with a replacement tooth.
  • Caps and Crowns – Used to cover broken, decayed, misshapen, or stained teeth, caps and crowns are made of acrylic, metal, and porcelain — which more closely resemble natural teeth. When appropriate to your needs, Dr. Orobitg uses CEREC crowns which can be fitted, fashioned and put into place in the same-appointment.
  • Cleanings – Professional teeth cleanings by Dr. Orobitg’s dental hygienists are necessary to remove bacteria and dental plaque.
  • Extractions – To prevent the spread of infection, severely damaged teeth that cannot be saved may be extracted.
  • Fillings – Dental fillings are used to restore teeth and stop decay, such as cavities, from growing.
  • Oral Exams and Screenings – Preventative oral exams are useful in catching early signs of tooth decay and dental disease such as oral cancer.
  • Sealants – Thin, plastic coatings that adhere to the chewing surface of your back molars, sealants protect your teeth by helping to prevent cavities and reduce your risk of tooth decay.

In addition, Dr. Orobitg also performs some periodontal procedures such as dental implants and some endodontic procedures, such as root canals.

General Dental Care Habits

While your general dentist takes care of your more complex dental needs, you can help improve your dental health as a patient by:

  • properly brushing and flossing each day
  • using a fluoride toothpaste
  • including mouthwash in your daily routine
  • limiting soda, coffee, and alcohol intake
  • only using your teeth to chew tooth-friendly foods
  • visiting your general dentist regularly

Your Leesburg General Dentist

Let Eddie Orobitg, D.M.D. take care of all your general dentistry needs. For over 20 years, Dr. Orobitg has treated the Leesburg community with quality dental checkups and procedures, including fillings, crowns, bridges, and root canals. If you are in need of quality dental care, schedule your appointment today by calling (352) 787-5919.

The Different Types of Dentists

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A dentist is a medical professional who provides oral health services that aid in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and conditions of the teeth, gums, and related parts of the mouth. There are several different types of dentists who each specialize in a specific area of dental care, and another type of dentist, like Dr. Orobitg, who has advanced expertise and experience in a variety of dental procedures.

Types of Dental Professionals

Here are some of dentistry’s various specialties:

  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons – Dental surgeons who specialize in surgery of the face, mouth, and jaws, oral and maxillofacial surgeons generally remove impacted teeth, perform reconstructive facial surgery, and treat damaged hard and soft tissues of the upper jaw.
  • Orthodontists Trained to straighten crooked teeth and misaligned bites with the use of braces and other equipment, orthodontists are dentists who specialize in the correction of dental irregularities of the teeth and jaws.
  • Pediatric DentistsDealing with the oral health care of children, pediatric dentists monitor a child’s dental development from their first tooth through their teenage years.
  • Periodontist This field of dentistry is responsible for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum-related diseases as well as dental implants and guided bone regeneration.
  • Prosthodontists – Aided by crowns, bridges, and removable prosthetics such as dentures, prosthodontists perform tooth replacements, repairs, and restorations to fix broken or missing teeth and preserve a healthy smile. Prosthodontists can also receive additional training to specialize in the treatment of snoring and sleep disorders, oral cancer reconstruction, temporomandibular joint disorders, and traumatic mouth injuries.
  • Endodontists Qualified to perform root canals, endodontists are concerned with conditions such as the health of dental pulp and treatments such as root canals, for diseases that affect the root of a tooth.

Differing Dental Qualifications

You may have noticed initials following the name of your local dentist. Such designations are awarded to general dentists upon graduation from an accredited dental school. Depending on their schooling and degree, a general dentist may be qualified as:

  • DDS – Doctor of Dental Surgery
  • DMD – Doctor of Dental Medicine or Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry

While referred to as dentists, general dentists are indeed doctors of dentistry. However, the American Dental Association specifies that dentists awarded the DDS and DMD qualifications receive the same training and education; they are essentially the same degrees.

Your Leesburg DMD

Proudly serving Leesburg residents for over 20 years, Eddie C. Orobitg, DMD is both a general dentist and highly skilled in performing many endodontic procedures including root canals, periodontic procedures including implants, prosthodontic procedures including same-appointment crowns, various types of bridges, and dentures, and some oral surgery. If you need quality dental care in the Leesburg area, schedule your appointment Dr. Orobitg today by calling 352-787-5919.

What Is the Difference Between Inlay and Onlay Fillings?

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Despite how much we try to avoid them, cavities can still pop up and disrupt our dental health. While there are a lot of factors that contribute to tooth decay, the treatment for a cavity depends on how severe your tooth damage actually is. If your tooth damage is too severe for a regular filling, your dentist may suggest an inlay filling. Or, if your tooth is at more serious risk, your dentist may recommend an onlay filling or a crown.

Filling Differences

The main difference between inlay and onlay fillings is the amount of decay that each filling can remedy. Inlay fillings can protect remaining tooth structure when there is too much damage or decay for a regular filling. However, these types of fillings aren’t suitable for decay that has damaged entire cusps of a tooth.

Onlay fillings will cover more of the tooth than inlay fillings, but they cannot cover the entire tooth. Your dentist will recommend an onlay filling if you require a filling that covers the chewing surface, or cusps, of a tooth. Dentists often use onlay fillings as alternatives to crowns, because they can place onlay fillings without having to drill down as much of the existing tooth.

Filling Procedure

Although these types of fillings are a bit different, the procedure to install them is quite similar, because it requires at least two appointments to successfully create and place your inlay or onlay filling. The first appointment determines the severity of your tooth decay. During this appointment, your dentist examines the tooth structure, removes decay, and obtains an impression of your tooth with a dental mold.

If they aren’t able to on site, your dental office sends the mold to a dental laboratory where specialists create a porcelain or gold filling that fits the exact structure of your tooth. In your initial visit, your dentist may also insert a temporary mold to fit your tooth until the official model is ready. During the following appointment, your dentist replaces the temporary filing with the new one and bonds it to your affected tooth.

Filling in the Blanks

Fortunately, both inlay and onlay fillings can successfully protect your decayed teeth for many years. With proper maintenance such as regular brushing, flossing, and regularly visiting your dentist, you can extend the life of your fillings and preserve your smile.

If you want to find the best solution for your cavity, trust the expert opinion of Eddie Orobitg, D.M.D. With over 20 years of Leesburg dental experience, Dr. Orobitg recommends the best options to maintain your dental health and happiness. To get started, schedule your appointment today and call 352-787-5919.

The Importance of Regular Teeth Cleanings

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Dentists recommend bi-annual visits for important reasons. Mouth health can be an indicator of your overall health, so it is crucial to get a checkup every six months. In addition to oral conditions, Dr. Orobitg and his staff may identify signs you should be checked further by your physician or healthcare professional for conditions such as diabetes, bone disease or heart disease. But, beyond this, regular teeth cleanings can improve your quality of life in a few other ways as well.

  • Protect teeth – It all starts with the teeth. A toothache, though it might seem like a small thing, can seriously impact your everyday life. You could have severe difficulty eating, sleeping, and focusing at home or work. During a regular teeth cleaning, your dentist can keep your teeth in top shape by scraping off plaque and tartar, preventing cavities and tooth decay.
  • Screen for gum disease – Gum disease can mean a lot more than decaying or losing teeth, as bad as these things are. Studies have demonstrated the link between it and other health conditions like pancreatic cancer, heart attacks, and strokes. Teeth cleanings along with self-care like brushing and flossing can keep gums disease-free.
  • Whiten smile and freshen breath – Coffee, though an essential part of so many of our daily routines, is the enemy of white teeth and clean-smelling breath. Tobacco is even worse. Although brushing teeth and flossing at home regularly will help mitigate the effects of yellowing and pungent food and drink, dental cleanings can give you more confidence in your smile.
  • Get dental care feedback – You might think that your mouth-care routine is practically perfect, but you may still be far off the mark. Whether your flossing technique needs work (or application), your brush strokes are sloppy, or you are neglecting something essential altogether, your dentist will be able to give you honest feedback for improvement.
  • Save money – Check to see if your employer offers coverage for routine dental visits. These visits will keep your mouth healthy and reduce the risk of diseases or complications, which require much more expensive and drastic treatments. Going to the dentist every six months could save you a lot of money and discomfort in the long run.

Leesburg Dental Care

We love that our patients sometimes stop in just to say hello for the warm welcome they receive from our entire Orobitg dental team. Our staff excels at making sure your dental needs are met with care, comfort, and attention to detail. To learn more about the procedures we perform or to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at 352-787-5919.

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