General Dentistry

General Dentistry

At Humphries Dental, we strive to be your one source for all things dentistry. In our practice, we believe in providing our patients with comprehensive care for all your dental needs. That’s why we provide general dentistry care for the whole family, from preventive to restorative and cosmetic treatments.

What is General Dentistry?

Did you know that nearly 80% of dentists are general dentists? While the field of dentistry has many specialties, general dentists can provide a wide range of services that are essential in maintaining your overall dental health. General dentistry encompasses diagnostics, preventive, restorative, and cosmetic treatments for people of all ages.

What are the Benefits of Seeing a General Dentist?
  • Early diagnosis and treatment
  • Prevention of tooth damage or loss
  • Healthier teeth and a brighter smile
Which Restorative Treatments Do You Offer?

CEREC® Same-Day Crowns

Just like it sounds, a same day crown is a crown you get on the same day as your appointment! Crowns protect your tooth or dental implant, and with same day crowns, you won’t have to settle for uncomfortable temporaries until your permanent one is ready. With CEREC®, you don’t have to deal with a messy and uncomfortable impression. We use a digital scanner to map out your mouth through the computer, making your new restoration as accurate as possible to your natural tooth. When that information is received by our highly advanced milling machine, it will craft your crown perfectly with an extra-fine tool.

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are devices that are used to fill space left by one or more missing teeth. Bridges are usually made out of porcelain and designed to resemble the natural appearance of your teeth. These devices are made of two or more crowns and a line of artificial teeth that are then anchored using an abutment. They can be supported by either your regular teeth or implants.


Dentures are oral appliances made from synthetic materials that can be shaped and colored to match the aesthetic of your natural teeth. These devices tend to be removable, although there are permanent variations.

What are the Different Types of Dentures?

The three most common types of dentures are full, partial, and temporary.

Full Dentures

Full dentures, also known as complete dentures, are made up of removable devices that resemble your upper and/or lower set of teeth. These devices are removable, are made of either porcelain or acrylic, and are supported by your gums.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are used when some or most of your natural teeth are still present and in good condition. These devices are used to fill a gap created by missing teeth and can be removed when needed.

Temporary Dentures

Temporary dentures (or immediate dentures) are used right after your teeth have been removed. The reason these dentures are temporary is that they are often a placeholder until you receive more permanent dentures.


There is a wide range of reasons why you might need a tooth removed or extracted. Most commonly, extractions are used to relieve pain and prevent infections from spreading when a tooth has been too damaged by decay to be restorable. Tooth extractions are also used in cases which severe crowding makes it impossible for teeth to be straightened. In some cases, extractions are used in pediatric dentistry to remove temporary teeth and make way for permanent teeth or to facilitate braces.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Regular toothaches and sensitivity are the most common signs of a cavity or other source of tooth decay. In the past, treatment for this condition involved a noticeable metallic filling (amalgam) but advances in the dental field have made way for an unnoticeable alternative in the form of tooth-colored fillings (composite) for a more natural look.

Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is, at times, necessary to relieve you from pain caused by a severe tooth infection or abscess. During the root canal treatment, the dentist will remove the infected area, fill, then seal the cavity to prevent further infection. The first sign of infection tends to be tooth sensitivity to hot and cold followed by a dull pain that intensifies over time. If you experience these symptoms you should visit your dentist right away as they are qualified to make the diagnosis and provide immediate treatment to relieve your pain, restore the strength of your bite, and prevent further infection and damage to other teeth.

Are You Looking for a General Dentist in Bay City, Texas?

At Humphries Dental, you’ll find all the dental care treatments you need in one convenient location. Come see why so many patients join our family to stay. Call us at 979.245.6541 today to book your first appointment!