December 17, 2020 | General Dentist
Most people don’t realize there is more than one type of dentist. The professional you see at regular checkups is a general dentist, but there are also specialists in many different fields within oral care. Learning the most common types of dentists could help you understand which type you need to see for your specific problem and why.
A general dentist, also known as a family dentist, is who you visit most often. This is the licensed professional who takes care of you and your family’s oral hygiene on a regular basis. It is the most common type of dentist. The main purpose of a general dentist is to teach and practice preventative oral care. Your general dentist will use dental x-rays, routine cleanings and education to help you achieve and maintain proper oral health.
A general dentist will have either DMD or DDS in his or her name. A DDS is a Doctor of Dental Surgery, while a DMD is a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry. These two types of general dentists are essentially the same. The difference in degree comes from how the university recognizes the dental profession.
A general dentist is capable of handling the most common oral health problems, such as filling cavities, repairing chipped teeth, treating gum disease and providing whitening services. A general dentist may have to refer you to a specialist, however, for more complicated dental problems.
A dental specialist has an additional two to four years of education and training in a particular subject, such as oral surgery or the gums. This training gives the professional special knowledge on a subject that qualifies him or her to provide care for a specific problem. There are many types of dental specialists you may have to visit throughout your lifetime for different oral problems.
Certified dental specialists fill out the dentistry profession by offering in-depth insights and information into unique dental problems. You may need to see one of these types of dentists rather than your general dentist if you have a condition that requires specialized care and treatment. At Dental on Central, our team has training and expertise across subjects, including routine cleanings, root canals, crowns, veneers and whitening. Contact us to learn more about the types of treatments we offer.
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