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.