FAQs About General Dentistry


General dentistry is crucial for maintaining the health and appearance of your smile. Without regular dental care, your teeth become susceptible to serious issues, including gum disease and tooth decay. Polk City dentist, Dr. Ryan Hussong, explains the benefits of common general dental procedures.

General Dentistry Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How often should I receive a checkup?

Answer: According to the American Dental Association, adults and children over the age of three should undergo a checkup once every six months. During a checkup, Dr. Hussong will employ advanced technology to discover the earliest warning signs of cavities or periodontal disease. For adults, a checkup also provides a unique opportunity to receive an oral cancer screening.

Question: Will a dental cleaning help prevent periodontal disease?

Answer: Yes. Over time, our teeth become coated in a sticky substance known as plaque. This buildup irritates the gums, causing inflammation that can develop into gum disease. Patients soon experience sore, red gums that bleed easily, and loose teeth. During a cleaning, your Polk City dentist will remove plaque buildup, reducing the risk of gum disease.

Question: What is root canal therapy?

Answer: A common general dentistry procedure, a root canal allows your Polk City dentist to address infected or abscessed teeth. Dr. Hussong will open the tooth and remove the infected tissue. The tooth will then be filled with a restorative material. Finally, the tooth will be topped with a restoration, typically in the form of a crown or composite filling.

Question: What does periodontal therapy involve?

Answer: For gums that exhibit the signs of gingivitis or gum disease, Dr. Hussong will perform periodontal therapy. The procedure involves a deep cleaning using ultrasonic scaling and root planing. Combined, these techniques remove hardened plaque and infected tissue, allowing healthy gum to adhere to the tooth.

About Dr. Ryan Hussong:

Dr. Hussong provides comprehensive family dentistry to his patients, including preventive, cosmetic, and restorative services. Whether you want a dentist to improve the appearance or health of your smile, or if you simply need a family dentist for professional checkups and cleanings, Dr. Hussong looks forward to caring for your dental needs. Contact our Cornerstone Dental office today at (515) 984-6001 to schedule an appointment. We proudly serve residents of Polk City, Ankeny, Grimes, Ames, Johnston, Urbandale, and Des Moines.