General Dentistry

General Dentistry Specialist
Erik Unger, DDS, a Board Certified Periodontist offers comprehensive and compassionate general dentistry services to people in and around Glendale, Arizona, at Happy Valley Smiles Dentistry. General dentistry services like dental exams are an important part of preventive care to preserve your teeth and gums. Call or schedule an appointment online today.

General Dentistry Q & A

Happy Valley Smiles

What is included in general dentistry?

General dentistry encompasses the preventive treatments and cares to protect and maintain the health and integrity of your teeth, gums, and jaw. The first and most important component of general dentistry is the dental exam. All additional treatments and procedures follow the findings of your exam.

For example, if Dr. Unger discovers a cavity during your exam, perhaps by using dental X-rays, he’ll remove the decayed tissue from the tooth and put in a filling.

General dentistry treatments include:

  • X-rays
  • Flouride treatments
  • Cavity fillings
  • Inlays and onlays
  • Crowns

What happens during a dental exam?

During your dental exam, you’ll sit comfortably in the exam chair. Dr. Unger directs a light into your mouth and uses a mirror to look at all sides of your teeth to check for damage or decay. These regular checkups are an opportunity for Dr. Unger to monitor your dental health. Regular exams with a trusted dentist are the best way to reveal and address any problems with your dental health in their early, more treatable stages.

If you are a new patient or you haven’t had X-rays in a while, Dr. Unger will X-ray the inside of your teeth. In many cases, the damage isn’t visible to the naked eye, and X-rays are the only way to identify and diagnose the issue.

He uses a special camera to take pictures of each of your teeth, and he displays the images on a monitor during your appointment. Dr. Unger uses them for diagnosis and treatment planning.

Why do I need to see a dentist for regular care?

Regular dental appointments are the best way to reveal, diagnose and treat changes in your dental health. The visits are a critical part of preventive dental care. As you build a relationship with Dr. Unger, his meticulous records let him quickly notice any changes to your dental health, compared with previous visits.

In addition to early diagnosis, routine dental care keeps your teeth strong and healthy. Cleanings, fluoride treatments, and other preventive treatments are critical to long-term dental health.

If you are due for a dental checkup, call or make an appointment online today.

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