The Most Common Dental Procedures

People go to the dentist for all manner of different reasons. But most people go to the dentist are only a handful of reasons.

Here we will discuss the most common dental procedures that a general family dentist performs.


Okay, this may sound a bit obvious but the number one most common dental procedure is a regularly scheduled cleaning. In regular cleaning, the dentist will examine your teeth 4 any weakness in the enamel which can lead to cavities. They will scrape your teeth with a pick to remove any built-up plaque. Then they will floss your teeth better than you can at home.

Then the dentist or hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth far better than you could ever hope to achieve with just a simple toothbrush at home.

Another reason why this is the most common procedure to get is that you get your regularly scheduled cleaning twice a year. So, every year the dentist will do this two times per patient.

And that is the most common procedure a dentist will perform, the regularly scheduled cleaning.

Some dentists, like make it super easy for patients to get a regular cleaning by posting there open schedule on their website.  This lets a patient pick a time, 24/7, that works best for them.


Coming in at number two on the list are dental fillings. The reason why you get dental fillings is to fix your teeth that have cavities or that are beginning to decay. Feelings can also be used to repair teeth that have some type of damage or injuries like a fracture or a chip.

The most common complaint that a dentist will ever hear is that the patient has a toothache. When a patient has a toothache the number one thing a dentist is going to check for is cavities or damage to a tooth. A dentist will look for evidence of either of these by taking a digital x-ray or by manually inspecting the teeth.

Once the problem tooth is found, they will need to numb the gums and teeth around the damaged area. Next, a dentist will usually have to remove the decay and possibly part of the tooth that is chipped or cracked to make the area better able to handle a filling.

Cavities from tooth decay and cracked teeth from accidental injuries and damage happened to just about everyone. This is why it is so common to get fillings. If you are reading this there is a very good chance that you have fillings in your teeth right now.

Dental crowns

Dental crowns are used for many of the same reasons that fillings are, but they are used when fillings won’t get the job done. Dental crowns are used to repair teeth because of some type of damage.

Crowns can be used for cosmetic applications, which means they make your smile look better. Or they can also be used on severely damaged teeth where the only option is to put a crown on to save the tooth, or to extract the tooth completely.

Crowns are a much more serious operation than fillings. They usually take two dentist visits because a mold of your teeth has to be taken and sent off to a dental lab for the crowns to be made.

Although the latest technology, that of CEREC crowns, can make this procedure happen in one dentist visit.  The big selling point of CEREC is “crowns in one day”.

One of the big differences between crowns and fillings is that a crown fixes a tooth by completely covering the damaged area and not just filling in a small location.


When you have a tooth that is rotted too much, it is too far gone, the dentist will have to simply remove it.

Here are a few reasons why a dentist will need to extract a tooth:

-the tooth for whatever reason is unable to push past the gum line and becomes infected.

-a wisdom tooth that is coming in at a bad angle, or a wisdom tooth that does not grow properly.

-a mature tooth that is above the gum line that has become damaged beyond repair.

In the situations listed above the dentist will remove the tooth from the jawbone and pull it out. This is a minor surgery. And afterward, the disturbed gum area is sewn up with stitches.

Bridges and implants

You have a couple of options you need to pick when deciding to replace a missing or damaged tooth. One way is with a dental bridge. A bridge is a fake tooth that is manually attached to the surrounding healthy tea in such a manner that the fake tooth blends in and is indistinguishable from the real healthy teeth.

The other way to replace a missing tooth is to create a full implant. An implant is a fake tooth but it also has a root, meaning that there is a metal rod that is extended into the job to secure a fake tooth. Over time the jawbone will feel around the metal rod creating a secure footing for the fake tooth.

There are benefits to both bridges and implants, consult with your dentist to see which is the best for your situation.

Here is a good article explaining the difference between a bridge and an implant:


Braces might be a controversial pick for a dental procedure. Usually, you won’t get braces from a general or family dentist. Usually, you go to a specialist, called an orthodontist that works solely with braces.

The goal of braces is to straighten teeth into a line your bite if it happens to be off. Since orthodontists are technically a form of dentistry, they are licensed dentist, braces fall under the category of the most common procedures you would get at a dentist.

There are many other procedures a dentist can do, these are just the most common. Nearly everyone at some point in their life will get one will get at least one of these procedures done by their dentist. Often several if not all of these.

And of course, there are other dental procedures outside of the ones listed above. Or that your family dentist will usually refer out to a specialist like an endodontist ( or an oral surgeon.

Hopefully, you found this to be useful.

Of course, no one wants any of these dental procedures done, right? Heck no!

Well, it’s okay to go in for regularly scheduled cleanings. That’s not the end of the world. But having cavities filled and teeth extracted is just no fun. That’s why you always want to make sure that you take the preventive measures that are completely in your control.

Floss your teeth every single day. Flossing your teeth is the biggest thing that you can do to prevent dental problems, and most dental problems are the result in one way or the other of plaque build-up and tooth decay. Floss your teeth it will pay you great dividends over your lifetime.

It helps to brush your teeth twice a day as well. now if you want to be lazy and only brush your teeth once a day, make sure you brush your teeth right before you go to bed. This is also when you want to floss your teeth as well.

It’s best to do this at night right before you go to sleep because that way you remove the plaque that would otherwise sit on your teeth enabling decay for eight to ten hours before you wake up and take care of your teeth.

Hopefully this helps and take care of your smile.