Preventive dentistry is the area of dentistry that focuses on those procedures and life practices that help people to prevent the beginning or progression of oral disease. It includes at-home dental care performed by patients, as well as dental care and education by professional dental staff in the office or clinic.

Patient Education

Dr. Munz and her staff believe patient education is important in keeping your mouth healthy. The more you know about oral health, the more confident you are to make decisions on your dental treatment. Dr. Munz and her staff will use intraoral cameras to capture pictures of your mouth and show them to you on a monitor. Dr. Munz will then discuss with you recommendations and options to repair your oral health.

Maintaining ideal oral health is a partnership between German Village Dental Group, you and your smile! Our hygienist will discuss with you proper oral hygiene techniques as well as different options customized for you to keep your mouth healthy.

Regular Check-ups and Cleanings

Depending on your oral health, Dr. Munz and her hygienist will recommend a check-up every 3, 4 or 6 months. During your visit we will exam your entire mouth for any abnormalities(oral cancer screening), examine your teeth and x-rays for any signs of decay and evaluate your gums for gum disease. The hygienist will also gently remove any of the plaque or calculus(tartar) on your teeth that can irritate your gums and lead to periodontal disease.


Bruxism can cause wear, cracks, chips and damage to your teeth. Many patients are unaware of this habit because it often occurs at night. Bruxism involves clenching or grinding your teeth. If left untreated, it can lead to chronic headaches, tooth fracture, and TMJ disorder. If Dr. Munz identifies any signs of bruxism, she may recommend a custom-fit night guard to help alleviate the problem and help protect your mouth from any further damage.


Gum disease is often silent and, without proper therapy, is the leading cause for tooth loss for adults. Early stage periodontal disease, gingivitis, has few signs which include swelling, redness, or tenderness of the gums. Patients with gingivitis may also notice bleeding after they brush or floss their teeth. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, where you lose the supporting foundation of the your teeth, the bone. Not only can periodontitis lead to bone loss and, ultimately, tooth loss but it is also linked to an increase risk of heart disease, stroke, pregnancy complications and problems for diabetics.

After a periodontal evaluation, Dr. Munz and her hygienist will recommend any therapy to arrest the disease. Some of these therapies include:

  • A deep cleaning to remove the hardened buildup and bacteria from below your gums
  • Root planing to smooth the root surface so bacteria has a difficult time attaching
  • A localized antibiotic therapy
  • In severe cases, Dr. Munz may refer you to a specialist called a Periodontist for more specialized care.


Cosmetic dentistry offers many options for people who are unhappy with their smile. Your smile is one of the first things people notice, so keeping it healthy and beautiful is important. If you are unhappy with your smile, Dr. Munz can discuss with you recommendations to create the smile of your dreams. We offer a wide range of options to fulfill your desires including Clear Correct clear braces, Invisalign, Tres White teeth whitening, and porcelain veneers. We will help you make the right choice for you!

Clear Correct and Invisalign

If you have spacing, crowding or bite problems, Dr. Munz may recommend orthodontic treatment.  Dr. Munz is certified in both Clear Correct and Invisalign techniques.  Both systems utilize clear orthodontic trays to move your teeth.

    Benefits of Clear Correct and Invisalign include:
  • They are clear!
  • They are comfortable!
  • Easy to clean! Since the trays are removable, flossing your teeth and proper oral hygiene can be done with ease!

Porcelain Veneers

With porcelain veneers, Dr. Munz can close gaps, cover stains, change tooth length, create a more uniform appearance and transform your smile. Porcelain veneers are longer lasting and more durable than composite bonding and do require multiple appointments. Porcelain veneers are hand-crafted by a dental lab where the skilled technicians create the smile you want!


Restorative dentistry is the study, diagnosis and integrated management of diseases of the teeth and their supporting structures and the rehabilitation of the dentition to functional and aesthetic requirements of the individual. Restorative dentistry encompasses the dental specialties of endodontics, periodontics and prosthodontics and its foundation is based upon how these interact in cases requiring multifaceted care.

Composite Fillings

Composite resin, or tooth-colored fillings, are used to fill decayed and broken teeth, as well as replacing failing amalgam(silver) fillings. The composite material will be shaded to match your natural tooth color and shaped to recreate the natural anatomy of your tooth.

Cosmetic bonding with tooth-colored composite resin can correct minor chips, cracks, spacing and misalignments in front teeth. Bonding can be an option if patients prefer not to have porcelain veneers. While bonding does not have the longevity of porcelain veneers, it is less expensive and is usually performed in on visit.

Crowns, Onlays, and Inlays

A crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is seated of the remaining tooth structure. The crown helps restore the strength, shape and appearance of a damaged tooth. Crowns are custom made for the patient by a dental lab and take two visits for completion.

Onlays and inlays are more conservative dental restorations than crowns. Inlays and onlays can often be used in place of traditional dental fillings to treat tooth decay or similar structural damage. Whereas dental fillings are molded into place within the mouth during a dental visit, inlays and onlays are fabricated indirectly in a dental lab before being fitted and bonded to the damaged tooth by your Dr. Munz. Onlays and inlays are longer lasting, more durable and stronger than a traditional dental filling.

Root Canals

When the nerve of the tooth becomes irreversibly damaged from decay, bacteria or fracture, the tooth can die and pose a risk for infection. The tooth can sometimes be saved by root canal therapy. If possible, Dr. Munz believes in saving teeth to keep your natural teeth intact. Root canal therapy allows you to keep your tooth even after it has been damaged.

Before the root canal is started, Dr. Munz will numb the tooth to make the procedure comfortable. When the tooth is adequately numbed, she will clean out the bacteria and nerve from inside the tooth and seal it to prevent re-infection. A tooth that has received root canal therapy will need a crown to restore strength and durability.

Dentures and Partial Dentures

Dentures are designed to replace all the teeth on an arch, whereas partial dentures fill in one or more teeth. Partials will use clasps that hook around the remaining teeth to help stabilize it. For increased stability, Dr. Munz may recommend an implant supported denture or partial. Dentures and partials can both be removed for regular care and maintenance.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are the best option to replace missing teeth and closely recreate what nature intended. Missing teeth can cause a negative impact on your self-esteem and overall oral health. Not only do missing teeth leave an unsightly space in your smile, they can also contribute to the remaining teeth shifting, bite problems, gum disease and bone loss. Because dental implants replace the tooth root, as well as the tooth crown, you can enjoy the strength and durability that will allow you to eat all the foods you love without struggling to chew.