NATIONAL DENTIST'S DAY observed on March 6 every year, was created as a day set to say “Thank You” to your Dentist. On this special occasion, let us know who a Dentist is and the various dental specialties offered in the USA. American Dental Association[ADA] recognizes the dentists and the following nine dental specialties,
Dentists: Often referred to as Family dentists or General dentists, Dentists are doctors who specialize in oral health. Their responsibilities include:
- Diagnosing oral diseases.
Promoting oral health and disease prevention.
Creating treatment plans to maintain or restore the oral health of their patients.
Interpreting x-rays and diagnostic tests.
Ensuring the safe administration of anesthetics.
Monitoring growth and development of the teeth and jaws.
Performing surgical procedures on the teeth, bone and soft tissues of the oral cavity.
Dentists' oversight of the clinical team is critical to ensuring safe and effective oral care. Even seemingly routine procedures such as tooth extractions, preparing and placing fillings or administering anesthetics carry potential risks of complications such as infection, temporary or even permanent nerve damage, prolonged bleeding, hematomas, and pain.
Leading the team is the dentist, a doctor specializing in oral health who has earned either a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree or a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree, which is essentially the same. Dentists work in conjunction with other dental specialists.
Dental specialists who practice this type dentistry are commonly known to the public as “gum specialists”. “Periodontics is that specialty of dentistry which encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of the supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth or their substitutes.”Periodontal specialists perform dental implants, bone grafting and reconstruction for dental implants, crown lengthening, gum reconstruction, bone grafting to prevent tooth loss, pocket reduction surgery, osseous surgery, laser gum surgery, and soft tissue (gum) grafts.A dentist who becomes board certified in Periodontology is one who has made significant achievements beyond the mandatory educational requirements of the specialty. This includes demonstrating a comprehensive mastery of all phases of periodontal disease and treatment and in the placement of dental implants. Board certified periodontists are required to renew their certification every six years.
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2. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Dental specialists who practice this type dentistry are commonly known to the public as “Oral Surgeons”.Oral surgeons perform surgery on the teeth, jaw, face, and gums. These include facial reconstruction, cleft lip and palate correction, bone grafting, dental implants, and impacted teeth.
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Prosthodontists provide restorative dental procedures including dental implants, crowns, bridges, and dentures. They also perform advanced cosmetic dental treatments including porcelain veneers, crowns, dental bonding, invisible fillings, teeth bleaching and total mouth reconstruction.
Dental specialists who practice this type dentistry are commonly known to the public as “root canal specialists”.This area focuses on “the morphology, physiology, and pathology of the human dental pulp and periradicular tissues.”
5. Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
Dental specialists who practice this type dentistry are commonly known to the public as “Orthodontists”. Dentofacial orthopedic specialists correct facial deformities using many of the same types of appliances used in teeth straightening therapy.
6. Pediatric Dentistry
Pediatric dentists provide dental care for infants, children, and teenagers.
7. Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
Dental specialists who practice this type dentistry are commonly known to the public as “Oral Pathologists”.This specialty concerns “the nature, identification, and management of diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial regions. It is a science that investigates the causes, processes, and effects of these diseases.
8. Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
Oral and maxillofacial radiologists analyze radiographic images (x-rays) for issues of the maxillofacial area.
9. Dental Public Health
This discipline focuses on “preventing and controlling dental diseases and promoting dental health through organized community efforts.”
On a lighter side,
A man is locked in the room and the key is lost. How would different dentist specialists solve this problem...
The endodontist will drill a hole and unlock the door
The orthodontist will slowly expand the door frame and then open the door
A pediatric dentist will apologize and say " Sorry, its a man and not a kid"
Periodontics will make tunnel beneath the door
A prosthodontist will make an impression of lock and make a key
Maxillofacial Surgeon will smash the door
Oral Pathologist will observe the door and hope it will open spontaneously
Dentists brighten up the world, one smile at a time. Laugh & Share for more smiles.
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