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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 deals with your oral health problems. This includes your mouth, jaw, teeth, and gums. Dentists perform teeth cleaning, filling, extraction, root canal treatment, and advise on oral diseases including tooth decay, gum disease, and mouth cancer. There are different types of dentists for various dental concerns.
For some procedures, your dentist may need to numb areas of your mouth so that the procedure is not painful. Dentists use a class of chemicals called local anesthetics, which numb only the particular area of your mouth that they are applied to. Local anesthetics are administered via injection near the affected area.
It is usually recommended that you take your child to the dentist within 6 months of eruption of their first tooth. The first visit may include a full examination of the child’s teeth, jaws, gums, and oral tissues to check for their growth and development.
Dentists use a concave mirror (with an inwardly bent reflecting surface and a polished outward surface) for examining your teeth. A concave mirror provides a larger and brighter image of your mouth without inverting the image, making it easier for the dentist to see the back of your mouth.
In rotten or decayed teeth, an infection has spread into the dental pulp (innermost layer of your tooth), and sometimes, even under the tooth and into the gums. Depending on the damage, your dentist can either fill in the cavity, advise on root canal treatment, add crowns to the teeth, or extract the teeth, and replace them with false teeth.
There are various materials available for dental filling. Your teeth can be filled with gold, porcelain, silver amalgam (a mixture of mercury with silver, tin, zinc, and copper), glass ionomer, or tooth-coloured composite resin fillings. All these materials cost different and are used based on the location and extent of tooth decay.
A cosmetic dentist provides oral care focused on improving the appearance of your mouth, teeth, gums, and smile. Common procedures in cosmetic dentistry include teeth whitening, veneers (dental laminates which are tooth-coloured and used to cover the front of the teeth to improve their appearance), crowns, fillings, implants, and dental bonding. It can involve minor procedures to major surgeries and may help improve your confidence in your smile.
Yes, dentists can easily tell if you smoke. Smoking impacts your teeth and gums in various ways, all of which can be identified by your dentist. The noticeable signs of smoking include yellow teeth (nicotine stains), plaque buildup, receding gums, and bad breath.