Q&A: What is General Dentistry? - Corbet Locke D.D.S. Corbet Locke D.D.S. in Woodway
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Q&A: What is General Dentistry?

added on: June 17, 2015

What is general dentistry? General dentistry refers to common procedures meant to address oral health problems and improve the beauty, health, and function of your smile. We offer a number of general dental care options, which we use to address common health complications that arise.

Common Questions About General Dentistry

Question: How do I avoid adult tooth decay?

Answer: As adults, you still have a high risk of developing a cavity if you don’t take proper care of your teeth. To reduce your risk we recommend brushing and flossing each day. Our approach to general dentistry also includes checkups and cleanings. A checkup allows the dentist to look for early indicators of a cavity, providing treatment before the issue progresses. A cleaning can remove plaque buildup, which decreases the chances of a cavity developing.

Question: Will I need a filling?

Answer: If you have a cavity then you may need a filling. A filling consists of a composite material that we apply to the tooth. If we recommend one we can complete the procedure in a single visit. Common symptoms of a cavity include toothaches and tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures.

Question: When do I require a root canal?

Answer: A root canal is a general dental procedure we prescribe in the event of an infection. Once a tooth becomes infected then we need to treat it before the problem requires a dental extraction. The process involves removing infected tissue from the tooth and filling the interior with a restorative material. The tooth will then be capped with a lifelike dental crown.

Question: What if I need more than a filling?

Answer: If you have a chipped, broken, fractured, or severely decayed tooth then you may need more than a filling. If so, we can place a dental crown or a porcelain veneer to change the appearance and restore the function of the tooth.


We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Corbet Locke, DDS, please contact us at (254) 776-4888. Our office welcomes patients living in Waco, Hewitt, McGregor, Woodway, and nearby cities.