General Dentistry

General Dentistry

At our Manhattan practice, we believe in the power of prevention. Healthy teeth help to maintain a healthy body, so keeping your teeth and gums healthy can set you up for a lifetime of a healthy, happy mouth.

Every patient is unique, which is why we work hard to make sure your experiences at our office are positive from the moment you walk in. We offer a range of general dentistry treatment options and focus on creating an environment of unsurpassed customer service from the moment you join our dental care family.

Our goals are to empower and educate our patients about all their treatment options and provide the same level of care as we would to our own family members. We hope you feel exceptionally taken care of by our team at New York General Dentistry.

What is General Dentistry?

Your dentist is typically the healthcare provider you see most consistently. Other healthcare providers, like your regular physician, are usually only seen when a problem or question arises– or during your yearly checkup. General dentists are seen by their patients every few months because their services are uniquely oriented toward preventing disease rather than responding to it.

General and cosmetic dentistry usually involve the teeth, gums, and maxillofacial (the jaw and face) region. Dentistry and oral health go hand-in-hand with overall health since having healthy teeth and gums can prevent diabetes, heart disease, and other preventable conditions. General dental services prevent, diagnose, and treat a wide variety of diseases, conditions, and disorders, some of which aren’t even specific to your mouth or oral health. If left untreated, oral disease progression can result in pain, loss of teeth, and expensive treatments to restore function. It can also negatively affect your overall health.

Dr. Inna Chern places a strong emphasis on oral and overall health at our Manhattan practice by taking into account factors like your health, fitness level, and sleep habits. During a routine visit to Dr. Chern in New York City, she will complete thorough health history, an examination of your mouth and jaw joint (TMJ), perform a professional dental cleaning, and discuss various holistic and conventional ways to maintain your oral and overall health.

What Do General Dentists Do?

At New York General Dentistry in Midtown Manhattan, our team focuses on all aspects of your oral health. Unlike specialists who focus on a particular aspect of a dental practice, general dentists offer numerous services that are vital to your continual health and integral to creating a beautiful smile. General dentistry services include:

  • Preventative Dentistry: These services are meant to stop diseases or infections before they start. Regular dental exams and professional cleanings are the cornerstones of preventative treatment. Our team can provide instructions on how to improve your at-home oral care and can also recommend preventative treatments such as sealants and fluoride treatments. We help our patients lead a healthy lifestyle through an integrative approach that optimizes your oral health for years to come.
  • Restorative Dentistry: If we find any concerns, our team will work with you and ensure quality dental care. One of our most common restoration techniques involves removing tooth decay and placing a composite filling or ceramic restoration such as a crown or dental implants. We offer prompt treatment for dental trauma as well as diagnosis and treatment of varying degrees of periodontal (gum) disease. 
  • Cosmetic Dentistry: We can address your aesthetic concerns and offer various treatments to create your ideal smile. Our cosmetic treatments can help you achieve a confident smile through services such as teeth whitening, composite or porcelain veneers, and laser soft tissue corrective therapy. 
  • Overall Health: Our Midtown general dentistry practice focuses on your health. We like to think of our practice philosophy as a dental office with a medical twist. The truth is that untreated oral infections can lead to diabetes, increased incidence of cardiovascular disease, and even complications during pregnancy. Dr. Inna Chern is trained to identify these issues as well as other potential problems such as TMJ disorders and sleep apnea. Both can be treated with a range of dental appliances and therapies. Dr. Chern also offers nutritional counseling and many natural remedies to use in conjunction with more conventional dental therapies.

General Dentistry FAQs

How do I choose a good dentist?

It’s important to choose someone you feel comfortable with and that their practice philosophy is similar to your expectations of a dental experience. When looking for a dentist, family and friends are a great resource as well as online reviews and information on a dentists website.

What do you call a dental surgeon?

General dentists have some surgical training but for more complex dental surgery, an oral surgeon or periodontist may be needed.

Is an endodontist a dentist?

An endodontist is a dentist with advanced training in root canal therapy and its related surgeries. Their training is post-doctoral and spans 2-3 years.

What is a general dentist?

A general dentist has training in all aspects of dentistry and treats various dental issues. Most general dentists take continuing education to expand on their knowledge of certain fields of interest ranging from surgery to cosmetics.

Is general dentistry a specialty?

General dentistry is not a specialty. Dentists who graduate from an accredited dental school are all considered general dentists.

What are the different types of dentistry?

There are many sub-specialties of dentistry and 9 accredited specialties. They include orthodontics, pediatrics, endodontics, periodontics, oral surgery, public health, prosthodontics, pathology, and radiology.

What is an endodontist vs oral surgeon?

An endodontist treats the internal aspects of the tooth and its nerve space. Occasionally, they do root end surgery to treat the root from a surgical angle. Oral surgeons specialize in maxillo-facial surgery and most commonly perform procedures ranging from extractions to facial reconstruction surgery.

What is Endodontics Dentistry?

Endodontic dentistry involves root canal therapy and surgical procedures to access the roots of the teeth in order to manage infection and necrotic nerves.

What is the highest degree in dentistry?

All dentists have a DDS or DMD degree. Advanced degrees in dentistry range from 1-6 years. Oral surgeons have the longest post-graduate training (4-6 years). Some dentists also pursue degrees such as an MBA, PhD, or law degree.

What makes a great dentist?

A great dentist is passionate about helping people achieve oral health and is caring, compassionate, and empathetic.

What skills are needed for a dentist?

A dentist has to have great critical thinking and have good dexterity. Artistry is another big part of dentistry and can be a huge asset for cosmetic treatments.

What Qualifications Do General Dentists Have?

After completing undergraduate education, general dentists go to a four-year accredited dental school where they learn about medicine, dentistry, and clinical practice. A general dentist must fulfill requirements provided by the state licensing boards and often complete a post-graduate residency program in a hospital or university setting.

General Dentistry Services in Midtown Manhattan

Exams & Cleaning

Dental exams and professional cleanings are part of a comprehensive dental visit. Dr. Chern will start by checking for cavities and evaluating your gum health. She will also examine your face, neck, and mouth for any abnormalities that can be indicative of a health concern like oral cancer or TMJ disorders. She will assess your airway to rule out potential apnea issues and obstructions. A dental exam may also include X-rays and photographs and is followed by a thorough cleaning to remove plaque and tartar.

Pediatric Dentistry 

Pediatric dentistry is dedicated to oral health and care for children, from infancy through their teenage years. We treat children’s teeth, gums, and mouth throughout the various stages of their development so that they can enjoy exceptional dental care and establish good habits for a lifetime. The American Pediatric Association recommends visits as early as 1 year of age.

Composite Fillings

Composite fillings are a common treatment that helps protect the teeth from dangerous bacteria. The filling is a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture that is placed in an easy, in-office procedure. Fillings can restore decayed teeth and protect them from future infections, as well as improve your aesthetics and function.

Inlays & Onlays

Inlays and onlays are a type of dental restoration that covers various aspects of broken or decayed tooth structure. Inlays and onlays are made of tooth-colored material such as ceramic or a special lab-reinforced dental composite.

Porcelain Crowns

Dental crowns are used on teeth that have suffered extensive decay, fractures, or have had root canals. Dental crowns support the tooth and protect it from forces used during biting to restore form and function. They cover the entirety of the natural tooth, fit at the base of the gum line, and blend seamlessly with natural teeth.

Root Canals

A root canal is performed on a tooth that is badly infected by decay. If decay and infection spread into the tooth pulp and root, then a root canal may be necessary. This can often be the result of sudden symptoms, requiring emergency dental care. Dr. Chern will clean out the infected tooth and remove the diseased nerve tissue. The tooth will then be returned to its ideal form and function using some restorative options.


Dr. Chern offers conventional and implant-supported dentures at our Manhattan office. These can help replace missing teeth so that you can speak and eat without discomfort, as well as feel confident when smiling. Dentures can also help prevent medical and cosmetic problems that can come with losing teeth.

Oral Surgery

Oral surgery involves removing unrestorable teeth and wisdom teeth, as well as periodontal surgery, implant placement, biopsies, and laser minimally invasive procedures. These are usually paired with restorative methods to complete your smile and optimize your oral health.

TMJ Treatments 

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is responsible for moving your jaw and mouth. This joint can become inflamed or deteriorate over time and cause pain. TMJ problems can lead to jaw pain, lockjaw, chronic headaches, teeth grinding, and even an inability to eat properly. Our team can treat TMJ issues through appliance therapy, functional analysis, and Botox therapy using the latest in techniques and dental technology.

“Seriously the best dentist I have been to in my life. She has the best demeanor and calmed all anxieties I had about the dental work. She is so kind and does such a great job! I can’t say enough good things! Wish I could give more then 5 stars!”

– Jenna F.

What Makes Our Office the Right Fit for Your Dental Needs?

Personalized Care

Dr. Chern will work with you to find the best path toward achieving your personal oral health goals. Your treatment is focused on bettering your overall health with the treatments and techniques that work best for you

Comfortable Office

Our Midtown East general dentistry office is designed to help you feel relaxed throughout your appointment. We want you to feel like yourself inside and outside of our office.

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Health-First Approach

New York General Dentistry makes use of the most modern treatments, techniques, and technologies available. You’ll love our attention to detail that helps you get the most out of your oral health.

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“The best dental appointments are relaxed and unrushed. Let’s talk to each other and take the time to truly understand your dental health needs and goals.”

Meet With Dr. Chern &
Her Manhattan Team

General dentistry comes with a lot of benefits and can help you optimize your oral health for a lifetime. To meet with our team and learn more about your options, we invite you to contact our office by calling or filling out our online form.

“Best dentist I’ve ever had. She is swift, accurate, and painless. Her bedside manner is cheerful, professional yet informal, kind, and informative. I could recommend no doctor more highly.”

– Ellen C.