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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 for your oral health issues, including your mouth, jaw, gums, and teeth. You can go to a dentist for teeth cleaning, filling, extraction, root canal procedure, and for seeking advice on the treatment of oral diseases including gum disease, tooth decay, and mouth cancer. There are several types of dentists, each dealing with a different dental concern.
Tartar is the hard calcified deposit of bacteria and food particles on your teeth and gums. Dentists use a mirror to see and a scaler (scraping tool) to get rid of tartar in between your teeth and around your gum line. Next, dentists usually brush your teeth using a high-powered electric brush and a gritty (grainy) toothpaste for removal of tartar left behind from the scaler.
Dentists use a concave mirror to see things at the back of your mouth. A concave mirror has a reflecting surface which is bent inward while the outward surface is polished. It also refracts (bends the direction) light, providing a larger and brighter image without inverting it.
Yes, dentists use stethoscopes. A stethoscope is an acoustic medical device for listening to the internal sounds made by your heart, lungs, intestines, and blood flow in arteries and veins. It is useful for verifying ventilation and heartbeats during sedation in dental procedures, and for checking blood pressure.
In India, National Dentist’s Day is celebrated on March 6th every year. This day is set aside to remind everyone to appreciate their dentist, to understand the importance of regular dental checkups, and encourage proper dental care.
Dentistry is a broad medical field that deals with the health of your mouth, teeth, gum, and jaw, and orthodontics is a specialty within dentistry. So, a general dentist takes care of your overall dental health, including cleaning and repairing teeth. An orthodontist specialises in tooth and jaw alignment and offers services including retainers, aligners, and braces.
Dental veneers are thin shells made of tooth-coloured material that are permanently attached to the front surface of your teeth to improve their appearance. They are usually made of porcelain or resin-composite materials. Veneers can help with cosmetic concerns such as broken, discolored, or small-sized teeth.
Yes, you can. Dentists offer teeth cleaning as part of their services. It generally includes a physical examination of your teeth, removing plaque and tartar from your teeth, cleaning the teeth with a gritty (grainy) toothpaste, flossing, rinsing, and applying fluoride treatment to protect your teeth against future cavities.