General Dentistry Specialist

Richard A. Harmetz, DDS

General and Artistic Dentists located in San Diego, CA

Your general dentist is your primary oral health care provider or the one who delivers routine preventive care and helps diagnose and treat dental problems before they progress. From his top-rated practice in San Diego, experienced dentist Richard A. Harmetz, DDS provides a full menu of general dentistry services to patients in the greater San Diego County area. Call or schedule an appointment online today.

General Dentistry Q & A

What is general dentistry?

General dentistry covers preventive oral care, such as annual cleanings and exams, as well as the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of any condition that can affect your mouth, jaw, or neck.  

Although many people presume that general dentistry only includes routine services like the prevention and treatment of tooth decay, general dentists are often the first health care providers to spot more serious oral or maxillofacial problems, such as the early signs of mouth or throat cancer.

For most patients, biannual dental cleanings and exams form the foundation of preventive general dental care and optimal oral health. It’s during these appointments that Dr. Harmetz can diagnose and treat cavities, gum disease, and other common oral health problems before they become more advanced.

What are typical general dentistry services?

As a general dentist, Dr. Harmetz is highly educated and specially trained to perform a full spectrum of dental services. Although regular cleanings, exams, X-rays, and fluoride treatments make up a significant portion of his day-to-day work, he also performs the following on a routine basis:

  • Cavity prevention and repair
  • Gum disease prevention and treatment
  • Root canal therapy
  • Tooth extraction
  • Dentures and partial dentures
  • Dental implants
  • Crowns and bridges
  • Orthodontics, including Invisalign aligners
  • Treatment of TMJ disorders

While cosmetic dentistry is technically considered a separate area, Dr. Harmetz is trained to perform a wide range of cosmetic dental procedures, ranging from veneers to professional teeth whitening treatments.  

How can regular dental care benefit me?

Seeing Dr. Harmetz for regular cleanings and exams provides many important benefits, including:

Cavity prevention

Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day goes a long way in helping to prevent the buildup of plaque, or the invisible film that traps bacteria against your enamel and eventually leads to tooth decay. Getting regular dental care helps ensure that your own dental hygiene skills are adequate and makes it more likely that you’ll continue your good habits.

Gum disease prevention

When plaque is allowed to build up for too long, it can harden into tartar, a cement-like substance that only a professional cleaning can remove completely. Because plaque buildup and tartar can lead to gum disease, it’s important to have regular professional cleanings to keep plaque at bay.

Whiter teeth

Dr. Harmetz has the expertise, skills, and tools to remove months of built-up stains in a single professional cleaning. If you’re a coffee or tea drinker, or if you enjoy the occasional glass of red wine, having regular cleanings with Dr. Harmetz can help you maintain white teeth and a white smile.

To find out more about all the services Dr. Harmetz offers, call the office today or schedule an appointment online at any time.