What Are General Dentistry Services?

General Dentistry include a wide array of dental services and procedures. The goal of General Dentistry is to help preserve your natural teeth, promote your best oral health, and protect you and your family from more serious health care issues which may be detected with regular dental visits.


At Harvest Dental, we provide families just like yours with a wide range of dental procedures and services to protect your oral health including:

  1. Dental Fillings
  2. Scaling & Rooting
  3. Root Canal Therapy
  4. Dental Extractions
  5. Wisdom Teeth Removal
  6. Tooth Decay / Cavities
  7. Sedation Dentistry
  8. Sensitive Tooth Pain
  9. Pediatric Dentistry
  10. Emergency Dental Care
Patient receiving general dentistry services from Dr. Roberts at Placer Family Dentist

Dental Fillings

Dental fillings are the most common option for repairing damaged or decayed teeth. If you are experiencing pain or if a cavity is found, we will numb the area with a local anesthetic, remove the tooth decay and fill the tooth with one of several dental filling materials. Today, teeth can be filled with gold, porcelain, silver amalgam or a tooth colored composite. In many cases, a damaged tooth can be repaired with a composite filling in just one visit to our dental office.

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Scaling & Root Planing

Scaling and root planing is the most common form of treatment for periodontal (gum) disease. Scaling is the removal of calculus (commonly called tartar) and plaque that attach to the tooth surfaces. The process especially targets the area below the gum line, along the root. Root planing is a process that smooths the tooth’s surface, making it harder for plaque to stick. For this reason, the root surface is made smooth in a process called root planing. Root planing removes any remaining calculus and smooths irregular areas of the root surface.

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Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal therapy may be required to help save an infected or abscessed tooth. When decay spreads past the enamel layer it can cause an infection to the soft pulp in the tooth. This infection can be very painful and spread to surrounding teeth. During a root canal treatment, Dr. McDonald carefully removes the infected pulp from the center of the tooth. The canal is then treated with medicine, root canal filling, and ultimately a permanent dental crown is usually required.

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Dental Extractions

While our goal is to preserve the health of your natural teeth, there are circumstances which require a tooth extraction. Advanced tooth decay, severe infection of the tooth roots, and tooth crowding are all reasons Dr. McDonald may recommend a dental extraction as part of your treatment plan. When a tooth must be removed or repaired through surgery, it is known as oral surgery. Whether it is an impacted wisdom tooth or you are in need of a dental implant, we will do our best to make certain you are comfortable before and during the surgery. After the procedure, you will be given instructions to help make recovery as painless and fast as possible.

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Wisdom Teeth Removal

Dr. McDonald and the team at Harvest Dental has performed thousands of wisdom teeth removals across the state for patients just like you. The average adult mouth will hold 28 teeth, however by late teens to early 20s many adults may have 32 teeth. The final four teeth are known as the “wisdom teeth.” For most patients, there is not enough room for the additional teeth and they must be removed to avoid oral healthcare issues. As part of your complete exams, Dr. McDonald will use x-rays to evaluate the current position of the teeth and predict if they could pose a future problem.

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Tooth Decay / Cavities

Tooth Decay and Cavities are one of the most common oral health issues we treat in our office here in Yuma, AZ. There are many factors that can lead to tooth decay or cavities including drinking beverages high in sugar, tobacco use, bacteria in your mouth, and poor oral hygiene habits. No matter the cause, with early detection treatment for teeth cavities or decay can be treated with a simple composite filling and improved oral hygiene habits. If you are experiencing tooth pain, call our office today to schedule an appointment.

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Sedation Dentistry

Thanks to safe and effective sedation treatments available at our dental office, you do not have to let Dental Anxiety prevent your treatment. At Harvest Dental, we offer Conscious Oral Sedation to help you relax and feel more comfortable during your dental appointment. If you would like to learn more about our sedation options or see if you are a good candidate for conscious oral sedation, please contact our office to speak with one of our friendly treatment coordinators.

Sensitive Tooth Pain

Do you find it difficult to eat or drink hot, cold, or acidic foods or beverages? Sensitive tooth pain can come from a variety of causes including: Worn tooth enamel exposing the underlying dentin, recessed gums, and chipped or broken teeth to name a few. If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, contact our office to schedule an appointment with our friendly dental staff today. A member of our experienced dental team will examine your teeth and gums to find the cause of your sensitive teeth and recommend a treatment plan to eliminate your pain!

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Pediatric Dentistry

Regular dental visits should start as a toddler to promote good oral health habits at a young age. Thanks to our dental staff’s warm and friendly personalities, we welcome your children to join our pediatric dentistry services. For our youngest patients, Dr. McDonald takes time to build a trusting relationship with both the child and you, their parents. Children are especially prone to tooth decay and cavities due to their oral hygiene habits. Early detection and preventative care can help avoid more complicated issues from forming at an early age.

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Emergency Dental Care

If you are experiencing a dental emergency, we can help! Call our office at (928) 783-8481 to see what options we have available to help you now.

Unfortunately, pain from oral health issues does not follow “regular” business hours. Additional emergency care times may be arranged as needed. If you need to see a dentist as soon as possible, please call our office now to see how we can help relieve your pain as quickly as possible.

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In addition to the many General Dentistry Services we provide at our dental office, we also provide you complete dental services for your oral care, including:

  • Cosmetic Dentistry Services
    • Teeth Whitening
    • Invisalign Teeth Straightening
    • Porcelain Veneers
    • Tooth Bonding
  • Dental Implants
    • Single Tooth Dental Implants
    • Implant Supported Dentures and Bridges

To learn more about our additional dental health services, please visit our Cosmetic Dentistry or contact our office to schedule a free consultation today.

If you are currently searching for a dentist for your general dentistry needs for you or your family, you have found us! Our top-rated dentist office in Yuma, AZ, is waiting to provide you with the best oral care available. Contact our friendly staff to schedule your next appointment, review and explain your dental insurance, or answer any questions you have about our complete dental services today!