What is General Dentistry?

The best way to maintain good oral health is with general dentistry. What is general dentistry? During routine exams, we can employ advanced technology to identify the warning signs of oral health issues and treat the problem right away. We can also offer treatments to management tooth decay and gum disease.

Identifying Possible Problems

With our approach to general dentistry, we strive to identify possible dental health issues in the earliest stages. In order to do so, we perform a checkup with advanced technology. Digital x-rays use a fraction of the radiation traditional x-rays require. The images are available instantly, without a need for development. We can then see a clear and detailed view of the patient’s jaw and teeth. We can also use an intraoral camera, which gathers images of the teeth and gums with comfort and ease. Using technology, we can uncover the earliest signs of periodontal disease, tooth decay, or even oral cancer.

Common General Dental Treatments

  • Gum Disease Treatment: If we uncover gum disease in the early stages we can address the issue with a deep cleaning. Using an ultrasonic scaler and a root planing we remove plaque buildup from the surface of the teeth and roots. A deep cleaning also brightens the teeth and can help the patient obtain fresher breath.
  • Bonded Fillings: If a patient has a cavity we can restore the tooth with a filling. Made from the same material we use in dental bonding procedures, the filling contains no metal and matches surrounding tooth structure.
  • Extractions: If you have a severely decayed or infected tooth, or one that ahs sustained major damage, we can remove it with a safe and comfortable extraction. We can also remove impacted wisdom teeth. If you have any questions, please contact our office today.


Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry offer expert services including teeth whitening, Six Month Smiles, Invisalign, root canals, and pediatric dentistry. To schedule a consultation, please call (507) 218-8936. Dr. Gilly Calcagno and Dr. Kara Heimer welcome and serve patients from Rochester, Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, Austin, and the surrounding communities.