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General Dentistry

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General Dentistry

Each doctor at Cabrillo Dental is highly trained in every aspect of general dentistry, allowing us to meet all of your general dental needs in any of our locations.

What is General Dentistry?

General dentistry is the overall care of your oral health needs. A general dentist is your primary care provider for the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of problems associated with your teeth, gums, mouth, and jaw.

Dental Problems Addressed with General Dentistry
  • Gingivitis and other gum diseases
  • Cavities
  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Aging or failing dental work
  • Tooth infections and abscesses
  • Missing teeth/li>
  • Bite issues
  • Wisdom teeth

Type of General Dentistry Available

General Dentistry for Diagnosis of Dental Problems:​


  • Our doctors perform thorough, in-depth evaluations of your teeth, gums, mouth and jaw to determine the current state of your oral health.


  • Using the latest in technology, our team gathers detailed information about your mouth with digital photographs, digital low-radiation x-rays, and 3D imaging.

Gum Measurements

  • A vital part of confirming the health of gums is taking measurements called probing depths. Your dentist or dental hygienist will measure your gums at least once per year.

Oral Cancer Screenings

  • Each oral evaluation includes a full mouth oral cancer screening. With the increasing occurrence of oral cancer and its onset at even younger ages, these screenings are more critical to dental health than ever.
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General Dentistry for Prevention of Dental Problems:

Professional Teeth Cleanings

  • Whether it’s the first teeth cleaning you’ve had in a while or a maintenance cleaning right on schedule, a professional teeth cleaning is essential to the health of your mouth.  Cleanings remove the causes of bad breath and gingivitis. They also polish away surface stains, leaving your teeth looking brighter and your gums healthier.

Fluoride treatments

  • Are you prone to cavities?  Are your teeth sensitive to cold?  Ask us about a professional fluoride treatment.  Fluoride treatments strengthen tooth enamel, making your teeth less sensitive and more resistant to cavities.


Dental sealants

  • Sealants are protective coatings placed onto the biting surfaces of teeth.  They adhere to the tooth and prevent food and bacteria from collecting in the deep pits and grooves, which often leads to cavities.



  • Mouthgards are key in preventing damage to teeth from injuries, clenching or grinding.  If you are active in any sport that could lead to facial injury, an athletic mouthguard protects your teeth and prevents unnecessary, expensive dental repairs.  If you clench or grind your teeth at night, a nighttime mouthguard reduces the risk of irreversible damage like cracks and shortened teeth.
General Dentistry for Treatment of Dental Problems:
Deep Cleanings

A deep cleaning is a specific type of professional teeth cleaning to treat periodontal disease. This cleaning involves removing buildup underneath the gums and may requires anesthetic to keep you comfortable. Deep cleanings can treat a single tooth or your entire mouth. Once your doctor has diagnosed the state of your gums, a specific treatment plan is designed to treat any gum disease.

Root Canals

A root canal is a procedure that removes the nerves and blood vessels from the hollow core of the tooth, filling it with a biocompatible material. Root canals are required to treat a tooth with an infected or irreversibly-irritated nerve. Many teeth needing root canals will cause a severe toothache. However, there are some cases when a root canal treatment is needed without having any pain at all. Our doctors use sophisticated diagnostic testing to determine whether a root canal is needed.


A bridge is the permanent replacement of a missing tooth by anchoring on two neighboring teeth. Bridges require healthy teeth on each side of the missing one in order to function properly. With a bridge, only the outer part of the missing tooth is replaced. Bridges do not replace the root of the missing tooth; only an implant does that.


Fillings repair problems like cavities and small cracks. Old, failing fillings should be replaced. We use only tooth-colored, mercury-free filling material that is biocompatible and safe.


In some cases, a tooth cannot be repaired. In the case of wisdom teeth, the mouth may not have room for the teeth to come in, causing crowding and improper function. We perform tooth extractions when necessary in order to keep a mouth in perfect oral health.


A crown completely covers a tooth. This coverage is necessary when a tooth has had major breakdown from large cavities, cracks, or previous dental work. Crowns are also used to cover and protect teeth that have had root canals.

Partial Dentures

When someone is missing multiple teeth, a partial denture is a removable option to replace them. Partials can be used as a short-term, temporary replacement of missing teeth, or may last for several decades. We also use implants to anchor removable partials for better fit.


Implants are versatile and capable of fixing one missing tooth or all missing teeth. Read more about how implants work on our implant dentistry page.

Complete Dentures

Complete dentures replace all missing teeth. Just like partial dentures, these can be a temporary fix, or a more permanent solution. Dentures may become necessary when all of the teeth have a poor or hopeless prognosis.

Do You Need a General Dentist?

If any of the above scenarios describe you, call us today to schedule an evaluation with one of our dentists.  You will receive a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan with options that work for you.  Our goal in general dentistry is for you to have a rewarding experience, with a completely healthy mouth.


We accept almost all dental insurance, however call us please to confirm your individual dental plan. Cabrillo Dental is a preferred provider for most dental health insurance plans.