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1. Who is a dentist?
A dentist is a doctor who practices dentistry. Dentistry involves the mouth, teeth, gums, and related areas. A dentist takes care of the overall oral healthcare. Common procedures performed at the dentist are tooth filling, tooth extraction, cleaning and polishing of teeth, and minor tooth surgeries like root canal treatment. Within dentistry, there are many specializations that require further training.
2. What education qualifications are mandatory for a Dentist?
A doctoral degree in the field of dental medicine or dental surgery is required to become a dentist. The pre-requisite for doing a dental course is a 4-year bachelor’s degree in a science related field. Qualifying in the dental admission exam and enrolling in a dental school are the next steps.
3. Should I consult a dentist for bad breath?
Bad breath is often due to lack of oral hygiene. In some cases, it may be an indication of some underlying health issue. Consulting a dentist for bad breath is the most logical step. A dentist will perform thorough examination of your teeth and gums to determine the cause of bad breath. Halitosis is the medical term for bad breath.
4. How many sittings does a dentist take for Root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment is a dental procedure followed for advanced decay of tooth that cannot be repaired by filling. In this treatment the tooth pulp is removed, the space is cleaned and filled, and finally a crown is placed on the tooth. The number of sittings for a root canal treatment varies depending on the extent of tooth decay.
5. Will a dentist perform surgery for wisdom tooth removal?
People who develop wisdom tooth may require extraction at a later time. A dentist is the right person to perform extraction of wisdom tooth. Once you book an appointment for tooth extraction, the dentist will appraise you of the entire procedure and after care. Sedation, numbing, tissue removal, bone removal, and tooth extraction are the steps of wisdom tooth removal.
A dentist is a doctor who takes care of your oral health, including your mouth, jaw, teeth, and gums. You could go to a dentist for teeth cleaning, polishing, filling, extraction, root canal treatment, and for the treatment of oral diseases including tooth decay, gum disease, and mouth cancer. There are various specialisations in dentistry.
Every individual’s health and needs are different, and should be dealt with accordingly. However, as a general rule, adults and children should visit a dentist once every six months. Even if there are no issues with your oral health, it is advisable to have a professional examine your mouth and clean your teeth, if needed.
Tartar or dental calculus is the yellow-brown hard calcified deposit that forms on your teeth and gums. While there are many suggested home remedies such as baking soda, white vinegar, and orange peels, for tartar removal, it is best to seek help from a dentist for a clean and accurate job.
Though general dentists are qualified and trained in performing the root canal procedure, they may also refer patients to an endodontist, who specialises in diagnosing and treating conditions related to tooth pain and performs procedures like root canal.
Yes, contact your dentist immediately if you break your tooth. Your dentist will examine the broken tooth and based on the extent of damage, suggest options like a filing to bond the chipped tooth, crown to protect the tooth, surgery to remove the fractured portion of the tooth, a root canal treatment, or tooth extraction.
Yes, dentists offer professional teeth whitening services that usually work better than at-home teeth whitening solutions. Teeth whitening at the dentist involves applying a peroxide-based bleaching solution to your teeth, and using heat, light, or a combination of the two to intensify the results.
Dentists use a concave (having a surface that curves on the inside) mirror to get a magnified reflection of the inside of your mouth. A concave mirror provides a larger and brighter image while also refracting (bending the direction) light, making it easier for the dentist to see the back of your mouth.
It is advisable to book an appointment with your dentist prior to going for a consultation, to avoid clashes in availability and long waiting times. Nowadays, it is very easy to book an appointment online with your dentist.