General Dentistry

General dentistry is a branch of dental care that focuses on the overall oral health and well-being of patients. It encompasses a wide range of procedures aimed at preventing, diagnosing, and treating various dental issues. From routine checkups to complex treatments, general dentistry plays a vital role in maintaining healthy teeth and gums. 

 One key aspect of general dentistry is preventive care. Dentists emphasize the importance of regular cleanings and exams to prevent common problems like tooth decay and gum disease. These routine visits enable Dr. Hatland to identify any early or even late signs of active gun disease. They can be reversed with a very simple, holistic, unique, and highly effective Reverse Gum Disease Program once it is discovered. Dr. Hatland is keenly aware of the presence of active gum disease, that is unknown to the patient. This is because gum disease has very few and mild symptoms that could be interpreted by the patient as insignificant.

Another essential component of general dentistry is restorative procedures. This includes filling cavities, repairing cracked or damaged teeth, and replacing missing teeth with options like dental implants or bridges. Dr. Hatland has the expertise to restore natural and easy functionality and aesthetics while ensuring long-term oral health. Dr.Hatland, being a holistically oriented dentist, is keenly aware of the effect misaligned bites have on the well-being and chronic stress levels of patients. Many patients are highly bite-sensitive and end up adopting many "coping" oral habits that increase the tension and stress levels in the jaw muscles. Add the fluctuating stresses of life, and it can lead to many stress-related dysfunctional conditions. Headaches, clenching, grinding or bruxing, aches, and pains not just in the head area but in the neck and lower back, digestive problems, and sleep disorders all come from an overactive stress system. Establishing a perfect bite can relieve or eliminate all of the above symptoms.

General dentistry also covers cosmetic procedures such as teeth whitening, veneers, and orthodontic treatments for correcting misaligned teeth or bite issues. These aesthetic enhancements not only improve smiles but also boost self-confidence and improve appreciation and our willingness to take better care are teeth and smile. 

Furthermore, general dentists provide education on proper oral hygiene practices for patients of all ages. They offer guidance on brushing techniques, flossing methods, diet choices for optimal dental health, and more. 

In summary, general dentistry encompasses comprehensive care to maintain good oral health through preventive measures like regular checkups combined with restorative treatments when needed. By focusing on prevention before problems arise, Dr. Hatland helps keep your smile beautiful from every angle!

Types of General Dentistry Procedures

  • Dental cleanings: Regular dental cleanings are essential for maintaining good oral health. During a cleaning, the dentist or hygienist will remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth, preventing tooth decay and gum disease. 
  • Fillings: If you have a cavity, our dentist will use fillings to restore the affected tooth. No mercury amalgam fillings are ever done in Dr. Hatland's office. Fillings are made of composite materials that match the color of your teeth, ensuring a natural appearance. 
  • Root canals: When the pulp inside a tooth becomes infected or inflamed, a root canal procedure may be necessary to save the tooth from extraction. The dentist will remove the damaged pulp, sterilize the canals with biologically acceptable materials, and seal the root canals to prevent further infection. 
  • Extractions: In cases where a tooth is severely decayed or damaged beyond repair, extraction may be required to preserve oral health and prevent complications. Dr. Hatland is highly trained in extracting teeth in a very conservative and gentle way that preserves the bone held in the tooth. This also means the healing time is shorter after the extraction and has minimal or no pain.
  • Dental crowns: A dental crown is used to restore strength and functionality to a weak or damaged tooth by covering it completely with porcelain or ceramic material that matches the color of your natural teeth. Only noble metal is used under porcelain crowns when this is the best material to use. 
  • Teeth whitening: Professional teeth whitening treatments can help remove stains and discoloration caused by factors such as aging, smoking, or consuming certain foods and beverages. The teeth can be whitened 6 to 10 shades lighter in one appointment. 
  • Orthodontics: Dr.Hatland uses the Fastbraces® system that mimics the natural eruption process of teeth in the body. This means not only is the system very efficient and fast (from three months to about a year) but also is very holistic and a far less painful process than traditional orthodontics.
  • Energy testing: Dr. Hatland is trained in many energy system techniques to evaluate your need for certain procedures to be done. He can also test the effect that these procedures have on your energy balance and can turn off undesirable stress system reactions. Energy testing is most useful in the treatment of temporomandibular disorders and habits.

These are just some examples of general dentistry procedures provided by Dr. Hatland at our holistic dental practice! Remember that each patient's treatment plan is customized based on their unique needs and goals for optimal oral health! 

Importance of Regular Dental Checkups

Regular dental checkups are essential for maintaining good oral health and overall well-being. These routine visits to your dentist play a crucial role in preventing dental problems, detecting issues early, and ensuring that any existing conditions are properly addressed. 

During a regular dental checkup, your dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth, gums, and mouth for signs of decay, gum disease, or other oral health concerns. They may also perform X-rays to get a closer look at the underlying structures of your teeth and jawbone. 

In addition to the physical examination, regular dental checkups often include professional cleaning. This process involves removing hardened plaque buildup and tartar from the surfaces of your teeth that cannot be reached through brushing alone. By getting rid of these harmful substances, you can reduce the risk of cavities, gum disease, and bad breath. 

Furthermore, regular dental checkups provide an opportunity for your dentist to educate you about proper oral hygiene practices. They can offer guidance on brushing techniques and flossing methods and recommend specific products tailored to your needs. With this knowledge in hand, you can optimize your daily oral care routine at home. 

Another significant aspect of regular dental checkups is their role in the early detection of potential issues. Dental problems such as cavities or gum disease may not always cause noticeable symptoms until they have progressed significantly. Through routine exams and minimal needed X-rays during checkups with Dr. Hatland (our experienced holistic dentist), any developing concerns can be identified early on when they are easier and less expensive to treat. 

By taking care of your oral health through regular checkups, you are also investing in your overall health. 


General dentistry plays a vital role in maintaining our oral health and overall well-being. Through various procedures such as dental cleanings, fillings, extractions, and preventive care, general dentists like Dr. Hatland ensure that our teeth and gums stay healthy. 

 Regular dental checkups are crucial for early detection of any potential issues or underlying conditions. By visiting Dr. Hatland regularly, you can prevent dental problems from escalating into more serious complications down the line. 

 Remember that your smile is an essential part of who you are! Taking care of your oral health should always be a priority. With Dr. Hatland's expertise and personalized approach to dental care, you can trust that you're receiving top-notch treatment tailored to your specific needs. Don't neglect your oral health. Invest in it now for a lifetime of beautiful smiles! 

Don't wait! Choose our holistic dentist today for all your dental needs! Experience exceptional care and enjoy a healthier smile with Dr. Raymond Hatland by your side. Visit our dental offices in Indianapolis, IN, or Lincolnwood, IL, to learn more.


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