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What Is the Difference Between a Dentist and a Cosmetic Dentist?

March 21, 2022
Posted By: Chesterfield Valley Dental
A man and a lady that had undergone cosmetic surgery in Chesterfield. MO

Many people often ask us, “What’s the difference between a dentist and a cosmetic dentist?” In a nutshell, general dentistry focuses on preventing and treating oral concerns, and cosmetic dentistry focuses on the overall aesthetics of a person’s smile. Knowing the difference can help you determine which services are best for your oral health needs and goals. 

Our General and Cosmetic Dentist in Chesterfield 

Dr. Robert Rahm at Chesterfield Valley Dental is highly skilled and experienced in various aspects of dentistry, including general and cosmetic dental care. Dr. Rahm earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and he’s a member of the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Rahm dedicates many hours to continuing education to improve his craft and techniques for treating his patients. 

General Dentistry vs. Cosmetic Dentistry 

General Dentistry 

General dentists address oral health issues associated with hygiene, pain, and discomfort. At Chesterfield Valley Dental, our general dentistry services include fillings cavities, routine exams and cleanings, root canals, and periodontal therapy for gum disease. 

Cosmetic Dentistry 

If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your teeth or gums, cosmetic dentistry may be the solution for you. Cosmetic dentistry services include porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, dentures, tooth-colored fillings, tooth bonding, and smile makeovers. 

Also, general and cosmetic dentistry can sometimes overlap. For instance, if a patient has a decayed tooth, the dentist may recommend removing the decay and covering the natural tooth with an aesthetic crown. In this case, the crown protects the natural tooth, stabilizes the bite, and improves aesthetics. 

Are You Ready to Call Your Chesterfield Dentist Today? 

At Chesterfield Valley Dental, we offer a full range of general and cosmetic dental services to patients of all ages. We are pleased to serve patients from Chesterfield and all surrounding areas, including Clarkson Valley, Ballwin, Maryland Heights, Kirkwood, and Bridgeton. Our Chesterfield dentist and team are experienced and kind professionals who strive to provide the best dental care possible. 

Please give us a call today at our dental office to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to welcoming you to Chesterfield Valley Dental!

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