General Dentistry In Melville, NY

Teeth are strong, durable structures that endure massive amounts of pressure each day. It is important to protect the teeth and keep them strong through daily brushing and flossing as well as regular professional care from a licensed and experienced general dentist like Dr. Shaw.

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What Is General Dentistry?

General dentistry involves the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of a wide range of dental conditions, as well as the maintenance of overall oral health for patients of all ages. This comprehensive care from a general dentist is usually the only source of care patients require for their dental needs. There are several different dental specialties, but general dentistry encompasses the basics of these specialties.

What Specialties Do General Dentists Offer?

Many dental conditions damage the tooth causing aesthetic and functional changes that require special treatment. Restorative dental treatments can repair or replace teeth depending on the extent of their damage. Restorative procedures include:

Many people seek cosmetic dental care after certain dental conditions or because of dissatisfaction with the appearance of their teeth. These procedures can improve the color, shape and size of the teeth and enhance the overall smile. Cosmetic dental treatments often improve self-confidence. Some of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments may include:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Dental Bonding (Tooth Bonding)
  • Full mouth reconstruction

Gum Disease Treatment

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a common dental condition that plagues many patients. Gum disease can be managed through treatments such as scaling and root planing, which can be performed by a general dentist. Surgery and other advanced treatments may be performed for later stages of the disease.

While there are specialists for many of these dental treatments, a general dentist is able to perform most of these procedures. Complicated issues may be referred to a specialist such as a Periodontist, while age-specific patients may benefit from seeing a Pedodontist.

How Often Should I Visit My General Dentist?

Regular visits to the dentist are recommended at least once every six months in order to maintain proper oral hygiene and screen for any potential problems. Receiving regular checkups can help improve dental health and prevent major problems from developing. It is important for patients to work with their dentist to maintain their oral health. General dentists care for most patients’ dental needs regardless of their age or treatment. These dental treatments restore health and beauty to the smile.

Why Choose Dr. Shaw As Your General Dentist

  • Compassionate, Caring, And Communicative Environment
  • No Case Is Too Difficult
  • Over 35 years of experience in Restorative and Implant Dentistry
  • State Of The Art Amenities
  • Patient-Tailored, Individualized Treatment Plans


"I would like to recommend Dr. Mitchell Shaw D.D.S. to anyone looking for a great family Dentist with a soft touch and amazing talent. My family has used Dr. Shaw for over 30 years and could not be happier. His office runs like clockwork starting with his front desk and support staff all the way though his personalized dental care. His concern for his patients is obvious the first time you meet him. He is knowledgeable and makes his patients feel at ease. My family highly recommends him."

– M.G.

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Restorative and Implant Dentistry of Long Island

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