Cosmetic Dentistry vs. General Dentistry In St. Charles

St Charles Cosmetic Dentistry Hello, I’m Dr. David Rice. Welcome to my St. Charles cosmetic dentistry blog. Today’s article focuses on the difference between general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry.

General dentists in St. Charles are dedicated to preventing and treating oral disease such as cavities and gum disease. When a problem is diagnosed – let’s say, a cavity between two teeth – a general dentist will assess the best way to restore the tooth involved.

St. Charles cosmetic dentists perform elective dental procedures that make a smile more attractive. Cosmetic dentistry procedures available at David Rice DDS in Elgin include teeth whitening, tooth-colored fillings, dental bonding, veneers, inlays, onlays, and dental crowns.

Some St. Charles dentists, like myself, offer both general and cosmetic dentistry procedures. In some cases, there is a cosmetic component to restorative procedures. For example, if an Elgin dental patient comes in after receiving an injury that chipped a front tooth, the tooth needs to be restored to prevent decay. The tooth is also less structurally sound, so it is vulnerable to further damage. In addition, the tooth affects the overall appearance of the smile. Depending on the specifics of the damage, there are several restorative options. Dental bonding, porcelain veneers, and crowns are all used to repair a damaged tooth.

As you can see, there is not always a definitive line between general and cosmetic dentistry. At David Rice DDS – For Confident Smiles, my thorough and knowledgeable team provides a full spectrum of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental procedures. We treat Elgin area patients of all ages: from toddlers just beginning to get their baby teeth to mature patients who remember the days when many people were afraid of dentists and their whiny drills. (Some of our wonderful elderly St. Charles patients have crowns that are older than our hygienists.)

Experienced Elgin dental professionals who perform pediatric, general, orthodontic, and cosmetic dental procedures can meet all of your family’s dental needs.

If you are looking for a full-service dental practice in the St. Charles area, I invite you to come into David Rice DDS in Elgin, We are located at 1972 Larkin Ave Ste 1 in Elgin, IL. To schedule an oral examination or smile makeover consultation, call (317)348-3927.

Dr. David Rice
David Rice DDS – For Confident Smiles
1972 Larkin Ave Ste 1.
Elgin, IL 60123

Memberships & Associations

Dr. David Rice, DDS, KOIS Center Clinical Instructor membership page The American Academy of Restorative Dentistry membership logo for Dr. Rice, DDS Elgin dentist Dr. David Rice is a member of the American Dental Association Illinois State Dental Society membership badge for Dr. David Rice, DDS


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