Having work done by a General Dentist vs a Specialist saves money.

qualThe difference between a general dentist and a specialist is a general dentist can perform most dental procedures.  Specialists can only perform procedures related to their specific area of specialty (ie. an Orthodontist can only do ortodontics, etc.)  General dentists are trained in all procedures and can improve their knowledge and skills through continuing educations courses.  Feel free to ask your dentist what procedures he is comfortable with and what his education and training is in the procedures that you are interested in.

Some general dentists limit the procedures that they do in their office.  Other general dentists do almost all dental procedures.  In our office, we only refer out about 1% of our patients to specialists.  By seeing a general dentist, a patient can save between 25 – 30 % on the cost of dental procedures.  Another advantage to having a general dentist do the dental work is he can treat any other dental problems that may arise.  For example, if you go to an Endodontist for a root canal, he will refer you back to your dentist for placement of a filling, or crown.  A general dentist can do the filling, or crown at the same time he does the root canal.  This eliminates an additional appointment and use of anesthetic for the patient.

If money is a concern, you may want to find a general dentist that performs the widest range of services and procedures to help keep your dental costs down.   In almost all cases, the work done by the general dentist is comparable to the work done by that of a specialists

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