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.
Dentistry is a medical profession that focuses on prevention and diagnosis of oral health issues including teeth and soft and delicate tissues of the mouth. Dentistry also helps in correcting malformed jaws, misaligned teeth as well as birth defects like cleft palate. A Dentist who is also a dental surgeon specialises in this branch of medicine and provides oral health services along with his dental team comprising of dental assistants, therapists, technicians and hygienists.
Regular visits to your Dentist have manifold advantages. They can check and prevent many oral issues much before they reach an advanced stage. Timely diagnosis can save you from developing cavities, gum ailments, and oral cancer. A thorough dental cleaning is highly recommended. A Dentist instructs his assistants and technicians to remove any kind of tartar or plaque build-up and polish the teeth. A child should have his first appointment with his Paediatric Dentist by the age of two and should keep visiting him at least once annually to prevent early cavities and practise a better oral health.
Apart from the general practice of Dentistry, dentists can be categorised on the basis of their specialities and sub-specialties like orthodontics, endodontic, dental orthopaedics, periodontics, paediatric dentistry, and prosthodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery and pathology, public health dentistry and finally maxillofacial and oral radiology.
Teeth cleaning which is also known as scaling and Polishing can cost you around Rs.500/- and above in Pune. Teeth filling costs at least Rs. 500 per tooth, depending on the type of filling you opt for. A regular consultation including X-ray of entire mouth for either an adult or a child can be around Rs.600/- to Rs. 800/- per visit in any registered clinic in Pune.
Here are some of the common dental procedures and treatments at a dentist:
Bonding: An artificial enamel coloured material is used for composite tooth bonding to restore tooth gaps and decayed and discoloured tooth.
Braces: A dental brace assists in correcting teeth alignment by imposing a constant pressure on your teeth.
Extractions: A badly damaged tooth often needs to be extracted with the help of an anaesthetic injection.
Dentures: These prosthetic devices replace lost teeth either partially or fully.
Root Canal: A diseased tooth is cleaned by getting rid of infected tissues. The tooth is then filled and sealed.