General Dentistry

General Dental Care and Treatment

The most common form of dental treatment is routine checkup and cleaning appointments, during which your dentist and dental health team can clean and check on your teeth and gums. However, general dental care is more comprehensive than just exams and cleanings. It is the basis of your lifelong oral health, and its benefits include keeping your smile beautiful and your bite functioning properly, as well as improving your overall health and wellbeing. For patients who experience dental anxiety or fear, we also provide several dental sedation options, such as nitrous oxide (laughing gas), to help make their visits significantly more comfortable and enjoyable.

General Prevention

The main goal of personalized general dentistry is to prevent serious oral health problems from developing. That includes catching problems like tooth decay and gum disease early and treating them before they lead to extensive dental complications. For instance, in addition to routine exams and cleanings, Dr. Burds also performs periodontal scaling and root planing (or deep cleaning) for patients with early signs of gingivitis. We also offer customized appliances for excessive teeth-grinding, snoring, and sleep apnea, as well as gentle care specifically for children.

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Schedule a Consultation Today

Keeping up with routine general dental care is essential to maintaining a healthy smile, as well as to detecting and treating oral health issues that can grow worse if ignored. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, call Dr. Burds and Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, today at (515) 244-9565. We also proudly serve patients from West Des Moines, Ankeny, Urbandale, Johnston, and all surrounding communities.