General Dentistry Specialist

Daniel D Barry III, DDS

General & Cosmetic Dentist located in Union Square, San Francisco, CA

General Dentistry involves the practice of treating nearly every type of oral health issue. With a dedicated general dentist like Daniel D. Barry III, DDS, you can feel confident that your teeth and gums are getting the best care possible. When you become a patient of Daniel D. Barry III, DDS, in Union Square, San Francisco, you have access to a team of dedicated dental experts who help improve your oral health. Plus they teach you how to maintain healthy teeth and gums at home.

General Dentistry Q & A

Which procedures does a general dentist perform?

A general dentist performs an array of dental procedures, from routine checkups to oral surgery. While you may need to visit a specialist occasionally — such as an endodontist for a root canal — your general dentist can perform most dental treatments you may need. Typical procedures include:

  • Routine checkups and cleanings
  • Fillings, crowns, and bridges
  • Cosmetic and restorative dentistry
  • Dental implants or dentures
  • Oral health screenings
  • TMJ treatments

One of the other benefits of becoming established with a general dentist is that if you ever do have a dental emergency, you have someone to call if you need to get in for a visit right away.

If you haven’t had an oral exam in over a year, it’s time to schedule a checkup.

What is dental prophylaxis?

Many chronic health conditions -- including heart disease -- are linked to oral health issues. Prophylaxis is a term that describes actions your dentist uses to prevent oral diseases, so you stay as healthy as possible.

During a dental prophylaxis procedure — often done during routine cleanings — your hygienist gently scrapes away any bacterial microfilm and biotoxins that are left behind by food particles.

Dr. Barry’s hygienist may use scalers or ultrasonic tools to remove plaque and polish your teeth. Part of your dental prophylaxis treatment also involves an oral cancer screening, in addition to checking for signs of gum disease.  

How often do I need to go to the dentist?

You probably visit your primary care physician about once a year just for a routine check-up. Even though your doctor may check you from head to toe, examining your mouth, jaw, and throat is what your dentist does.

That's why it's important to visit your dentist regularly. Dr. Barry suggests coming in for routine dental cleanings and checkups twice per year. Doing so helps him ensure that you're at-home care is working for you and he can watch for any early signs of chronic diseases.

If needed, he can diagnose any issues and get you started on the proper therapy right away.

Whether you simply haven't been to the dentist in a while, or need to become established with a new general dentist, call the office of Daniel D. Barry III, DDS, in San Francisco. You can also book your appointment online.