General Dentistry

Hayward Dentistry

Chen Tsung Chang, DDS

General Dentistry located in Hayward, CA

Your dentist can do far more for your dental health than just treat you when you have a toothache. Chen Tsung Chang, DDS, of Hayward Dentistry in Hayward, California, is a respected and experienced general dentist who aims to help you prevent toothache and the need for dental procedures by showing you how to take excellent care of your teeth. If you haven’t been for a checkup recently, visit Dr. Chang for an assessment of your dental health and advice on looking after your teeth and gums. Call Hayward Dentistry today, or book an appointment online.

General Dentistry Q & A

What is general dentistry?

General dentistry refers to the primary care of your teeth, and a general dentist is the first point of contact for routine checkups, which form an essential part of good oral health. General dentists are also able to diagnose and treat a wide range of problems commonly found in teeth and gums.

Some general dentists also choose to specialize in a particular aspect of dentistry, but if they don’t, or their specialty isn’t the one you need, they can work with a specialist or refer you to one with the appropriate expertise.

What conditions would a general dentist treat?

General dentists have high levels of expertise and training in a wide range of oral health conditions and related health concerns. Dr. Chang is passionate about preventive dental care, helping patients take care of their teeth and oral health so that they don’t develop gum disease or tooth decay.

In addition to preventive checkups, teeth cleaning, and education on how to care for your teeth and gums, Dr. Chang provides a variety of general dentistry services, including:

  • Sealants, fillings, and crowns
  • Extractions
  • Dental implants and bridges
  • Fitting of dentures and mouthguards
  • Treatment of gum disease
  • Molar root canals
  • Oral surgery
  • Orthodontics
  • Cosmetic procedures
  • Therapy for temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD)

Dr. Chang can also help you to make lifestyle changes for the benefit of your teeth and your overall health, such as dietary changes and smoking cessation.

What training does a general dentist undertake?

Like all other qualified dentists, Dr. Chang had to complete an undergraduate science degree, followed by four years at dental school. After graduating from dental school, dentists have to take an exam to obtain a license so they can work as a dentist in the state where they wish to practice.

Dentists can also go on to specialize in a specific area related to dentistry, for example as an oral surgeon, endodontist, or prosthodontist.

How often should I visit my dentist?

When you visit Dr. Chang for a checkup, he’ll advise you when to make your next appointment. For many patients, a routine checkup twice a year is sufficient, but if you have any particular problems or areas that need monitoring, Dr. Chang may need to see you more often. Make an appointment for your first checkup by calling Hayward Dentistry today, or by booking an appointment online.