General Dentistry

General Dentistry Specialist
Dr. Chinar Mahadkar is a board-certified dental surgeon who offers both cosmetic and general dentistry services to her patients living the Brooklyn, New York area. She provides both preventive and restorative care to the patients who look to Brooklyn Dental Center for all of their dental health needs.

General Dentistry Q & A

What does general dentistry cover?

General dentistry covers a variety of procedures and techniques that are associated with the generalized care of the mouth, teeth, and soft tissues. A few of the services Dr. Mahadkar provides include:

  • Annual check-ups
  • Teeth cleanings
  • Fillings
  • Sealants
  • Conventional braces
  • Retainers
  • X-rays
  • Wisdom tooth extractions
  • General dentistry also involves the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease, periodontal disease, and other health conditions that affect the mouth, including the treatment of various types of cancers and lesions. Dental implants, crowns, root canals, and the creation of dentures and bridges are also included in this category.


How important are annual dental exams?

Annual dental exams are vital when it comes to maintaining good oral and dental health. An oral exam can identify potential cavities or lesions that may lead to serious issues with the teeth and gums. Children who often don't brush correctly can unknowingly, have cavities or caries that can put the strength of their enamel at risk.

Annual exams also show areas where teeth have been damaged, allowing them time to be repaired before any further damage can occur. A thorough dental cleaning is a preventive measure that can reduce the risk of cavities or abscesses throughout the year.


When should a tooth be extracted?

If a tooth has been severely damaged or the root is infected, Dr. Mahadkar may recommend removing the tooth and replacing it with a dental implant. Extracting the tooth will protect the other nearby teeth from being damaged. Wisdom tooth extractions are commonly performed due to the mouth not being large enough to accommodate all of the teeth. The wisdom teeth often start to erupt in the late teens, and early 20s, after the rest of the teeth are already in place.

If the patient's mouth is small, the wisdom teeth may be forced to come it an angle and become impacted. If they don’t allow Dr. Mahadkar to extract the wisdom teeth in a timely fashion, they’ll crack or break neighboring teeth. Having them removed allows the other teeth to remain in place without being crowded.

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