General Dentistry

  • Early disease detection
  • Professional cleaning
  • Prevent tooth loss
  • Fresh breath
  • Improved overall health
  • Mouthguards without impressions

General dental care at Bespoke Smiles Wanaka

General dental care refers to the routine preventive and therapeutic services that maintain optimal oral health. At Bespoke Smiles Wanaka this involves a range of services aimed at preventing dental problems, diagnosing and treating oral conditions, and promoting overall dental well-being. For us, general dental care includes regular dental check-ups, cleanings, dental X-rays, oral health assessments, fillings, tooth extractions, and basic restorative procedures. We also create custom mouthguards for patients of all ages to protect their teeth from Wanaka's extreme and contact sports. We digitally scan the mouth (and keep permanently on file) rather than taking impressions which is much more comfortable.

General dental care plays a crucial role in preventing dental issues, identifying problems at an early stage, and ensuring the overall health of teeth, gums, and mouth. Regular visits help patients maintain healthy smiles and address any concerns related to their oral health before they become big and costly.

Is cosmetic dentistry considered general dental?

Cosmetic dentistry procedures are typically not considered to be part of general dental care. While general dental care focuses on preventive and therapeutic treatments aimed at maintaining oral health, cosmetic dentistry primarily focuses on improving the appearance of the teeth and smile. Cosmetic dental treatments include procedures such as teeth whitening, veneers, dental bonding, and orthodontic treatments for aesthetic purposes.

It's important to note that general dental care and cosmetic dentistry are not mutually exclusive, and at Bespoke Smiles Wanaka we offer both types of services. General dental care forms the foundation of oral health, while cosmetic dentistry focuses on aesthetic improvements. The specific treatments considered to be general dental care versus cosmetic dentistry may vary depending on the individual's needs.

How often should I visit the dentist?

The New Zealand Dental Council recommends visiting the dentist at least once every six months for a routine check-up and professional cleaning. However, the frequency of visits may vary depending on an individual's oral health needs and risk factors for dental problems.

Regular dental visits are essential to maintaining good oral health. During these visits, our expert dentists can detect and address dental problems at an early stage before they progress into more severe conditions.

Additionally, regular dental check-ups allow us to screen for oral cancer, evaluate the health of the gums and teeth, and identify any issues that may require further attention. For individuals with a history of dental problems, certain medical conditions, or lifestyle factors regular check-ups form part of your health plan.

What can I expect at a general dental care visit?

At Bespoke Smiles Wanaka, a general dental care visit typically includes a thorough examination of your teeth and gums to check for any signs of decay, gum disease, or other oral health issues. 

Our dentist may use special tools to clean your teeth and remove any plaque or tartar build-up. X-rays may be taken to get a more detailed look at your teeth and jawbone. We will also perform oral cancer screenings and check your bite and jaw alignment.

Depending on your individual needs and concerns, we may discuss the need for restorative treatments or procedures, such as fillings, crowns, or gap replacement options. A key focus will be to provide guidance on proper oral hygiene practices at home and offer advice on how to maintain healthy teeth and gums. 

Payment options available

We offer a wider range of interest-free payment options to suit any budget and we offer free check-ups and cleans for teen orthodontic patients*. Individual service costs may vary. Costs can be found on our Services pages.


Learn more about dental conditions and treatments with Bespoke Smiles Wanaka.

How often should I see the dentist for a check-up and clean?

It is recommended that you visit a dentist every six months to assess and maintain the health of your teeth and gums, remove bacterial build-up and staining with a professional clean and catch early signs of dental problems before they become more serious. Let us help keep those pearly whites sparkling clean!

What can I do to maintain good oral hygiene?

Maintaining good oral hygiene includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily. In addition, some people also like to use mouthwash. Additionally, eating a balanced diet, limiting sugary foods and beverages, and avoiding tobacco use contribute to good oral health.

Are dental X-rays safe?

Yes, dental X-rays are considered safe with minimal exposure to radiation. At Bespoke Smiles Wanaka, we use a digital X-ray system and have led-lined walls to minimise radiation exposure to our team and patients.

What should I do if I have a dental emergency?

If you have a dental emergency, such as a toothache, broken tooth, or injury to the mouth, contact us immediately. We will provide guidance over the phone and schedule an appointment as soon as possible to address the issue.

What options are available for replacing a missing tooth?

There are several options for replacing a missing tooth, including dental implants, bridges, and dentures. During consultation, we can evaluate your specific situation and recommend the most suitable option based on your oral health and preferences.

Can my oral health impact my overall health?

Yes, there is a strong connection between oral health and overall health. Poor oral health has been linked to various systemic conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, respiratory infections, and pregnancy complications. Maintaining good oral health is essential for overall well-being.