When you have a problem with your teeth, you will most likely go to the nearest dentist office – unless you already have one that you like. Most likely, that dentist is a general dentist who is well qualified to handle many dental problems. About 80 percent of all dentists fall into this category.
In order to become a dentist, the individual must go to a dental school. They must have earned a BA or a BS first, and then they will spend the next four years learning how to be a dentist. Once the training is complete and they graduate, they are given the title doctor of dental surgery (DDS) or doctor of dental medicine (DMD). The degrees are equal in curriculum requirements. This makes them a general dentist.
After graduation, it will be necessary for him or her to take a state exam for the state they want to practice in. After becoming licensed, they can set up shop and start taking patients.
Instead of opening up a dental office, some graduates will choose to get more training. They may spend another three to six years specializing in some field of dentistry. Some dentists will pursue further education while they practice.
A dentist who has not received any additional training can perform many different types of services. These services will include:
- Preventive Dentistry– The dentist will examine and evaluate how healthy your teeth and gums are during your visit. An x-ray will also be given to be able to detect the soundness of your teeth’s roots and bone. It will also include dental cleaning, fluoride treatments, and sealing may also be performed to protect the teeth and gums.
- Restorative Dentistry– After detecting problems, the dentist will seek to correct them in the best possible way. This will include providing fillings, root canals, and repairing damaged teeth. They are also able to provide you with treatment for gum disease, tooth pain, and may replace missing teeth with bridges, crowns, or dentures. Some dentists may also provide you with root canals, dental implants, and orthodontics.
- Cosmetic Dentistry– If you need a more beautiful smile, some dentists are able to help you with these treatments. They can help you with teeth whitening, bonding, and dental veneers for that Hollywood smile.
- General Health– Your health is often first reflected in your mouth. The dentist is trained to recognize many types of diseases from the mouth. They can also provide oral cancer screening to be able to identify it and other diseases early.
Because dentists often continue their training on the side to be able to offer a wider range of services, you should always check with your dentist to see if they can treat particular problems. You may be surprised to learn that they have been offering that service for some time.
The dentists at Global Family Dental are prepared to meet your dental needs and those of your whole family. We offergeneral dentistservices and many more. Call today (631) 977-7171, about any questions you have and to set up an appointment.