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General Dentistry and Hygiene
The specially trained dentists and dental hygienists at UT Southwestern Medical Center offer a full spectrum of dental procedures to treat the effects of decay, trauma, defects, or disease of the teeth, gums, mouth, and tongue. Our providers are trained to recognize and diagnose dental conditions that require more specialized or advanced care.
Skilled Care for All Dental and Oral Hygiene Needs
General dentists are primary care dental providers, which means they work with patients over time to manage their overall oral health. Their goal is to promote good dental habits and maintain the health of patients' teeth, gums, and other oral tissues. Their services include routine cleanings and oral exams as well as fillings and root canals.
UT Southwestern’s experienced dentists and dental hygienists strive to meet the oral health needs of every patient by delivering skilled, gentle care. Our team expertly diagnoses, treats, and manages the complete spectrum of dental conditions, partnering with our subspecialist colleagues when patients need more specialized dental care or oral surgery.
Our comprehensive and integrated resources allow patients to have their initial consultations, any recommended tests or procedures, and follow-up visits in one convenient location.
UT Southwestern Medical Center accepts most major insurance plans. See insurance we accept.
Our Services and Procedures
Our team comprehensively evaluates every patient during visits. Patients have their teeth professionally cleaned before undergoing a thorough dental examination and any necessary X-rays or diagnostic procedures.
Our dentists then create personalized treatment plans based on patients’ unique oral health needs and goals.
We offer a wide variety of advanced services and procedures to treat the effects of decay, trauma, defect, or disease of the teeth, gums, mouth, and tongue. These include:
- Dental bonding: Used to repair issues such as chipped and irregularly shaped teeth in which little or no tooth reduction is necessary
- Dental bridges: Nonremovable artificial teeth attached to a prosthesis that is bonded to the remaining natural teeth on both sides of a toothless gap
- Dental crowns: Tailor-made porcelain “caps” that replace the entire external portion of damaged teeth, replicating their function and appearance
- Dental fillings: Strong, tooth-colored plastic – not metal – used to fill decayed teeth
- Dentures: Prosthetic devices that replace missing teeth; includes complete and removable sets
- Laser procedures
- Porcelain veneers: Very thin, strong pieces of porcelain affixed to the teeth that are used to change the appearance of tooth shape, size, position, or color
- Root-canal procedures: Used to repair and save badly decayed or infected teeth by removing the nerve and pulp and then cleaning and sealing the inside of the tooth
- Tooth whitening and bleaching: In-office procedure that treats the front eight teeth, with results that can last for more than a year
What to Expect
Patient comfort is paramount to us. When appropriate, we offer a number of agents and medications to manage pain both during and after dental procedures, ensuring that our patients experience as little discomfort as possible.