11th June , 2021
Teeth Whitening

The Difference Between Cosmetic and General Dentistry

In the modern world, with advancements in dentistry every year, there are now many different services offered by qualified dentists. All labelled under different categories of dentistry. Two of the most distinguished avenues of dentistry are cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry – here are the differences between the two. 

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is the specialisation into areas that affect the visual appearance of a patient’s smile. This typically includes works such as teeth whitening, veneers, dental bridges, and white fillings. Cosmetic dentistry takes into consideration aesthetics and works to achieve a desired look for the patient. Dentists will have typically completed additional training on top of their existing qualifications to carry out cosmetic dentistry on their patients. 

At Holly House Dental we offer a range of cosmetic dentistry procedures including teeth whitening and veneers, which are very popular amongst clients looking to achieve a “Hollywood” smile. 

What is General Dentistry?

General dentistry covers the general dentistry which is offered by the majority of dentists. This includes general dental health check-ups, root canal treatment, gum disease treatment, and dental crowns. This type of dentistry will treat most of your dental concerns and emergencies. 

At Holly House Dental we complete procedures which come under both these categories of dentistry. Our services are offered by our team of expertly trained dentists who have experience and specialisms in various areas of dentistry.  Although different, both cosmetic and general dentistry must always be carried out by a qualified dentist with certification. 

Cosmetic Dentistry Services at Holly House Dental 

Dental implants 

Dental implants are used to replace a missing tooth. The dental implant is made up of a small screw, typically made from titanium, which will be placed in the space of the natural root of the tooth and fitted into the bone under the gum. 


Dentures are a common replacement for missing teeth. These are false teeth which can be removed and are usually made from plastic and acrylic. These have to be removed to be cleaned. 

Teeth Whitening 

Possibly one of the most desired cosmetic dentistry treatments is teeth whitening. Using whitening treatments, the procedure at Holly House Dental works to achieve a brighter, whiter smile. 


Veneers are custom-made coverings for the teeth used to improve the colour, shape, and position of your teeth. They have grown in popularity over the last few years, as they provide a confident smile. 

Dental Bridges 

A dental bridge is a permanent solution to missing teeth, they offer a long lifespan and durability, very similar to a dental implant. 

Dental inlays and onlays

Dental inlays and onlays are used on the teeth when a filling is not necessary or possible. This could include when the teeth are too weak for a filling. 

White Fillings 

When requiring a filling many people opt for white fillings as these are the least noticeable within the mouth, unlike traditional fillings which are dark silver or amalgam. White fillings avoid feeling self-conscious when talking and eating with fillings. 

General Dentistry at Holly House Dental 

Dental Check Up

A dental check-up is a simple examination of your mouth, teeth, and gums to ensure they are healthy and clean. These are very important, and we recommend booking a check-up every 6 months. 

Dental Hygienist

During a visit with a dental hygienist, your teeth will be scaled and polished in order to remove the build of tartar and polish away any stains left by food and drink. It is important to visit a dental hygienist to maintain a healthy mouth and gums. 

Dental Crowns

A dental crown is fitted over the entire surface of an existing tooth to restore its damaged appearance. They can also add strength to this tooth by supporting the underlying tooth structure and will work to preserve the function of the tooth.

Root Canal Treatment 

Root canal infections will cause you a considerable amount of pain in the mouth. Particularly when you are biting and chewing food. A root canal treatment is used to treat this infection which is infecting the canal system of the tooth.


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