What is the difference between general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry?
General dentistry identifies and resolves problems that are causing pain or discomfort and could ultimately lead to more complications. The treatments like cavity fillings, root canals, teeth extraction, and denture fixtures are part of it. It could also include issues related to oral hygiene. In general dentistry, only a couple of cosmetic techniques are used such as bonding or teeth whitening.
Cosmetic dentistry mostly deals with creating the perfect smile our patients deserve. It mainly consists of treatments like Dental Implants, crowns, bridges, inlays and overlays, etc. Sometimes general and cosmetic dentistry overlap. In some cases, a decaying tooth has to be extracted and then a bridge or implant needs be installed so that other teeth dosen’t move and the patient can maintain a proper face structure.
So it can be said that there is no definitive line in between cosmetic and general dentistry.