Our teeth are one of the most important parts of our body. Not only that they help us chew our favorite food, but they also allow us to create wide killer smiles in our pictures. So when something goes wrong with our teeth, there is only one person to visit: the dentist.
A dentist, also called a dental surgeon
, is a doctor who specializes in preventing, diagnosing and treating disorders of the oral cavity and the maxillofacial area. There are various branches of dentistry, and some of these are Public Health Dentistry, Endodontics
, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery
, Pediatric Dentistry, Pedodontist
and General Dentistry. A dentist's supporting team includes dental assistants, dental hygienists, dental technicians, and dental therapists.
It is highly recommended for a person to visit a dentist every 6 months to assure the health of teeth and gums, and thus, his overall wellness.
Types of Patients
A dentist is specially trained to use variety of materials and equipment to check the oral cavity's conditions. Some of these are x-ray machines, drills, mouth mirrors, probes, forceps, brushes, lasers, digital scanners and scalpels.
The two most common oral cavity disorders that a dentist treats are tooth decay and periodontal disease. These can be addressed by the restoration, extraction or scaling of teeth, or endodontic root canal treatment. A dentist, of course, is not only limited in doing the above-mentioned procedures; they can also do the following: sedation, oral and maxillofacial surgery and implants. What's more, they can give advice and administer care to prevent future problems. They prescribe antibiotics and other drugs, and they teach proper mouth care such as brushing and flossing.
Some of the most popular cosmetic procedures a dentist performs are teeth whitening, veneers and dental implants.
Teeth whitening is the most-performed dental procedure for it makes a person look healthy and young just by undergoing a simple, non-invasive treatment. Veneers are thin shells that are attached to the front teeth surface to resist stains. A dental implant, usually composed of an artificial tooth and a titanium post, act as a replacement for a lost tooth.
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