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General Dentistry

Alexandria Dental Clinic

Dean Anderson, DDS

Family Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Alexandria, MN

Routine general dentistry appointments can preserve your oral health and lower the risk of cavities and gum disease and extra cost. At Alexandria Dental Clinic, in Alexandria, Minnesota, Dean Anderson, DDS, and the team provide a variety of general dentistry services, including extremely thorough oral exams, professional cleanings, X-rays, growth and development analysis, and more. Book online to schedule an appointment or call the office today.

General Dentistry Q & A

What is general dentistry?

General dentistry works to diagnose, treat, and prevent common oral health problems like tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath. General dentists, like the team at Alexandria Dental Clinic, provide primary care services to ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy and pain-free.

In addition, general dentistry can alert you to potential problems. Conditions like gingivitis and cavities don’t always present obvious symptoms. Routine checkups can detect these and other issues early on when they respond best to treatment.

 

What services does general dentistry provide?

At Alexandria Dental Clinic, the team offers a variety of general dentistry services, including:

Oral exams

An oral exam is a complete and thorough examination used to assess your overall oral health. During an exam, the team uses the traditional "pick and mirror" along with several new digital instruments to observe your teeth, tongue, and gums. If they detect any abnormalities or areas of concern, they can recommend additional testing or treatment. 

Teeth cleaning

During teeth cleaning, a dental hygienist uses a scaler and ultrasonic instrumentation to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. Once your teeth are clean, the team polishes them with gritty toothpaste, flosses them, and applies a fluoride treatment if prescribed. Most teeth cleaning appointments take less than 60 minutes. 

Oral X-rays

Oral X-rays take detailed photographs of your tooth roots, jaw, and alveolar bone. X-rays provide a safe and convenient way to detect potentially serious oral health problems that aren’t visible to the naked eye.

Orthodontics

If you have crooked and crowded teeth or misaligned jaws, the team might recommend orthodontics. At Alexandria Dental Clinic, the team uses Invisalign®, an orthodontic treatment system that utilizes a series of clear, nearly invisible custom mouthpieces. Invisalign can straighten your teeth in between 6-12 months.*

Treatment of gum disease

Gum disease affects millions of Americans. If you develop gingivitis or periodontitis, the team can provide quick and effective outpatient care using the Epic dental laser. Laser dentistry with the Epic diode laser is quick, pain-free, and provides stunning results.

Cosmetic dentistry

If you’re unhappy with the color, condition, or position of your teeth, consider cosmetic dentistry. The team at Alexandria Dental Clinic offers various cosmetic dentistry services, including veneers, teeth whitening, and smile makeovers.

 

How often should I participate in general dentistry?

To ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy, it’s important to attend general dentistry appointments once every six months. Routine checkups can keep gum disease at bay, and alert you to serious problems early. They also present an opportunity to build a relationship with your dentist and ask questions.

Request your general dentistry consultation at Alexandria Dental Clinic. Use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment or call the office today. 

*Individual treatment times may vary.

Request your general dentistry consultation at Alexandria Dental Clinic. Use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment or call the office today at 320-762-2122.