Frequently Asked Questions about General & Cosmetic Dentistry

General dentistry is basic dental and oral hygiene care performed by either a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD). The answers to the following most commonly asked questions about general dentistry can help you know when you should see a general dentist, what procedures your family dentist may perform, and when you may need a referral from your dentist to another dental specialist.


What is the Purpose of General Dentistry?

General dentistry includes all basic care needed to keep teeth and gums healthy from an early age. When an individual keeps regular appointments with their family dentist, the chances of tooth decay and gum disease are lessened, as is the risk of expensive dental work needed due to unattended problems.


When Should I See a General Dentist?

Most individuals should see their general or family dentist twice a year for a routine exam and cleaning. Missing appointments can mean that dental caries (decay in teeth) and periodontal (gum) disease can advance rapidly and destroy tooth structure as well as doing damage to the gums and jawbone. In addition, there are many current studies showing a definite correlation between periodontal health and cardiovascular health. Treatment for periodontal disease, extensive fillings, extractions and tooth replacements can be both painful and costly, and if not properly treated can certainly affect your systemic health.


What Can I Expect at a General Dentistry Appointment?

Dr. Wahle will typically perform a thorough examination of your teeth. Radiographs are generally recommended to fully diagnose any problems. The teeth and gums will be thoroughly cleaned, and instruction given on how to properly brush and floss. After the cleaning, arrangements will be made to treat any problems that are diagnosed.

If needed, we can also perform simple extractions, place crowns or bridges, prescribe medication for infection (such as antibiotics and pain medication), diagnose more extensive dental issues or refer you to a specialist for extra care. 


I’m Scared of the Dentist - Will it Hurt?

Dentistry has made huge advancements in technology, that enable the dentist to  perform procedures quickly, accurately, and with little- to no discomfort.  We take great pride in treating our individual patients with care in order to minimize any anxiety and to make your dental experience as positive as possible.

In addition, our state of the art facility provides for a comfortable, calming environment. Our goal is to ensure each appointment is as stress free and painless as possible.


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Give us a call. Dr. Wahle Napa Ca Dentist
707. 224. 3148 or contact us through our online form.