A dentist, also referred to as a general dentist, is an oral medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of oral diseases and disorders of the maxillofacial or full mouth. The dentist’s surgical team also aids in providing specialized oral healthcare services. Oral surgery includes procedures such as extracting a tooth, root canal treatment, filling, root planing, crown lengthening, bridges and implants, jaw reconstruction, orthodontics, and gum surgery. Dental surgery requires a highly qualified and licensed professional.If you wish to learn more about this, visit My Dental Home, Dr. Kevin Brown & Associates, Unionville.
A dentist can specialize in one or more specialties such as endodontics, orthodontics, periodontics, pediatric dentistry, public health, or geriatric care. For a dentist to become a specialist in any of these areas, he/she must complete an accredited program at an approved dental college or university. Many states require that a dentist specialize in a specific specialization before they can practice in that state. The American Board of Orthodontics and Public Health gives formal accreditation to dental colleges and universities that specialize in orthodontic specialties.
An oral health specialist is a dentist who has completed the training required to become a registered dental hygienist. Some dental hygienists provide primary and secondary preventive oral health care; they treat gum disease and maintain patient oral hygiene by providing a range of general preventive services. The primary goal of a dental hygienist is to prevent tooth decay and buildup of plaque by performing a series of gentle brushing, flossing, rinsing, and antibacterial mouth cleaning techniques. A dentist who also specializes in treating oral diseases by providing specific preventive treatments is called a primary oral health care provider.
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