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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.
In order to be a dentist in India, you need to complete a 4-year undergraduate degree called BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery), followed by an internship for at least one year. The BDS should be from a college recognised by the Dental Council of India (DCI). Further specialisation can be pursued through short-term courses or a Masters degree.
Yes, dentists offer teeth cleaning as part of their services. Teeth cleaning includes a physical exam of your teeth, removal of plaque and tartar (buildup of bacteria and food deposits) from your teeth, cleaning the teeth with a gritty (grainy) toothpaste, flossing, rinsing, and application of fluoride treatment to protect your teeth against cavities.
Yes, there are special dentists for children and they are called pediatric dentists or pedodontists. A pediatric dentist has qualifications and experience in dealing with children’s teeth, gums, and mouth issues, all through the stages of childhood to teenage years.
General dentists are qualified and trained in performing the root canal procedure. However, depending on the complexity of the issue, they may refer patients to an endodontist, who specialises in diagnosing and treating factors related to tooth pain, such as a root canal procedure.
If you go to a dentist for a teeth filling or root canal procedure, the dentist usually numbs the area using local anaesthesia to prevent pain during your treatment. In most cases, the anaesthesia will wear off from all parts of your mouth between 2 to 5 hours.
Gum disease can range from mild to serious. Mild gum disease, called gingivitis, results in inflammation of the gums (redness and swelling), which can lead to periodontitis and cause serious damage to the tissue and bone supporting the teeth. Since gingivitis is mild, it can be managed and reversed with maintaining proper oral hygiene. However, you should consult a dentist at the earliest for periodontitis.
Yes, your dentist can remove wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that people may get in their late teens or early twenties. These teeth are often misaligned and may need to be removed. Your dentist, and if needed, an oral surgeon, can extract your wisdom teeth.
Yes, it is safe to visit the dentist while you are pregnant. It is important to get a dental checkup during pregnancy to take care of teeth cleaning and fillings if any, before your baby is born. Also, your dentist can help you with any pregnancy-related dental issues that you might be facing.