The Many Hats of a General Dentist

What Dentists Do

By Rhonda Nasser, DDS, PA

Have you ever really wondered what dentists do?

Dr. Nasser is a dentist in Palm BeachThe dental profession isn’t all about treating cavities or pulling teeth out, there are so many facets to being a dentist that it can be considered an exciting industry, if you really think about it. Palm Beach Dentist Rhonda Nasser shares some great general insights into this topic in this article. Enjoy!

Dentists specialize in certain aspects of the dental profession. Although everyone is qualified to treat cavities and pull teeth out, some do it with certification and specializations authorizing them to carry out such operations.

For example: Periodontics. This is a field in dentistry that not everyone knows about until they realize they might have, at one point or another, gone to visit a periodontist. If you have dental implants, then you might’ve already visited a periodontist without realizing it.

Another aspect in the dental industry is prosthodontics. This is the field that is responsible for prosthetic dentistry. If you need implants restored, these are the guys you go to!

A more familiar profession under dentistry is the role of a dental or oral surgeon. These are the guys you most probably know. These are the dentists responsible for extractions and general oral and tooth care.

There are also positions like that of a dental hygienist and dental assistant. A dental hygienist’s main concern is to promote a cleaner environment within your mouth. So, what these people do is educate people (especially kids) on how to maintain their teeth through proper brushing and flossing techniques.

A dental assistant on the other hand takes on a more active role inside the dental clinic by being the second pair of hands a dentist needs. Dental assistants are often dentists in training or interns who are just waiting for their license so they can operate as proper dentists in the future. So, the next time you see a dentist’s assistant, think about how these people eventually end up being the ones taking care of your teeth as your dental surgeon.

Dentists don’t just pull out teeth. They too provide information on how to care for them and they provide the medicines to people who need them. In conclusion, there are more reasons to go to a dentist than to be afraid of them as there are more benefits one can derive from seeing their dentist regularly than not! A regular visit every six months or so should help keep your teeth in tiptop shape!

So, if you’re going to ask the question what dentists do, they keep your smile on your face beautiful!

What is the Difference Between a Cosmetic and General Dentistry

dentistry toolsThe doctor who is often visited by most people would probably be a dentist. However, there are people who prefer aesthetics over functionality. Hence, who do you go to for that superficial appearance of your teeth or who do you look for in making your teeth healthier and stronger? That would be a Cosmetic and General dentist. But what is their differences?

A General dentist usually gives a variety of services in order to maintain your overall oral health. Among these said services include regular exams and teeth cleanings which help you prevent diseases from entering your mouth. He/she is going to give you specific instructions on how you can improve your oral care at home. Another service a general dentist offers is restoration. This includes removal of tooth decay or putting a filling on an affected tooth. He/she also gives treatments for missing teeth, placing crowns, or dental bridges. Next service he/she can offer is cosmetic procedures such as teeth whitening, bleaching, or bonding to name a few. This kind of service focuses more on the appearance of your teeth when you smile. The last one is the overall health care. Some dental problems a person may have can by caused by other parts of the body and vice versa. An example of a health problem which is caused by an untreated dental problem is cardiovascular disease. Bacterial infection in the gums if worsened can enter a person’s bloodstream and travel to the arteries of the heart which can can problems. A general dentist has the knowledge to identify these kinds of problems and are able to give immediate treatment or referral if needed in order to avoid becoming a life-threatening disease.

On the other hand, a Cosmetic dentist focuses more on the aesthetic aspect of oral care. They give emphasis on how your teeth will look like when you smile. Although cosmetic dentistry is not really an official specialization, many dentists still promote themselves as cosmetic dentists for the purpose of marketing themselves to patients. Albeit focusing on appearances, these dentists still provide general oral health care services like a general dentist does, but they focus more on the selective or desired services that a patient wants. This means they address dental problems depending on the preferences of their patients. Some of the services they offer include dental implants which are artificial tooth used as a replacement for tooth loss. Another example are crowns and veneers which help a tooth return to its normal shape and appearance or enhance its shape and color.

So what is the main difference between a general dentist and a cosmetic dentist? Although both still offer services which can help a patient with his/her oral health care, a general dentist focuses more on treatment and prevention and offers a specific treatment to a patient’s particular problem. In comparison, a cosmetic dentist provides various options on how a patient can treat or prevent oral damage, giving emphasis to how his/her patient’s smile will look like after the treatment.