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Comprehensive general dentistry services provide you with all but the most specialized dental care in one convenient location. Monleudy Bracken, DDS, and the team at Vibrant Smile Dentistry offer family dentistry services that are second to none, with generations of people from the same families benefiting from the personal touch provided to members of the Norfolk community in Virginia. Call Vibrant Smile Dentistry today to schedule a routine check-up or book an appointment online.

What is general dentistry?

General dentistry is like primary care for your teeth. You go to a general dentist for all your regular dental checks, and they are the first place you go when you have a problem with your teeth or gums.

One of the key roles of general dentistry is in providing the information, screening exams, and treatments you need to avoid dental health problems. Preventive care is fundamental to the work of the Vibrant Smile Dentistry team.

What teeth and gum treatments come under general dentistry?

The general dentistry team at Vibrant Smile Dentistry offers a wide range of services, including:

Crowns and bridges

Crowns are replacements for the top part of your tooth, either over a healthy root or a dental implant. Bridges can replace several lost teeth, attaching to the teeth on either side of the gap to form a bridge.

Fillings and bonding

Filling and bonding materials restore teeth that have cavities (holes) or chips in them.

Extractions and bone grafting

Whenever possible, the Vibrant Smile Dentistry team saves your natural teeth, but sometimes there’s nothing healthy to retain. Bone grafting might be necessary at the same time as removing your tooth if your jawbone needs reinforcing for the placement of a dental implant.

Dental implants

Dental implants screw into your jawbone and act as a secure base for replacement teeth.

Treatment of periodontal disease

Periodontal (gum) disease is one of the more common dental problems. It can lead to tooth loss if left untreated.

What other services does a general dentist provide?

Vibrant Smile Dentistry offers numerous services in addition to treating decay-related teeth and gum problems, including:

Fitting of dentures

If you have quite a few missing teeth, the Vibrant Smile Dentistry team can fit you for partial dentures, or a complete set if you lose all your teeth.

Fitting of nightguards

A nightguard covers and protects your teeth at night if you have bruxism. Bruxism means you grind your teeth and clench your jaw while sleeping, which can be painful and damage your teeth.


Orthodontics is the use of aids like retainers or braces to straighten crooked teeth. The Vibrant Smile Dentistry team also uses modern versions like Invisalign® and Six Month Smiles®.


Endodontics focuses on problems with the soft inside part of your teeth, called the pulp. Root canals are a standard endodontic procedure.

The Vibrant Smile Dentistry team can also help with problems like snoring and sleep apnea and deliver therapy for temporomandibular disorders (TMD). Cosmetic services, like teeth whitening and veneers, are also available.

To benefit from the general dentistry skills of the Vibrant Smile Dentistry team, call their office today and schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.

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