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dentistryDentistry is a major branch of the healing sciences. It is the field dedicated to maintaining good oral health. Being a dynamic health profession, the dentistry industry offer a wide range of opportunities for aspiring dentists to become highly respected members of society. Those who can rightfully call themselves as part of the profession are able to enjoy good compensation, mainly because there is high demand for dental and oral care in every corner of the world. Knowing that oral health is closely linked and has a direct impact on overall health, there exists the need to expand the industry further.

When it comes to percentage, about eighty percent of dentists practice general dentistry. By definition, general dentists are the ones responsible for treating all patients, including adults and children in several treatment scenarios and facilities. In order to become a general dentist, one has to graduate in dental school and hold either a D.D.S. or D.M.D. degree. While most dental school graduates are expected to enter general practice right after graduating, there are cases where they decide to add one or two years of education in general practice residency or an advanced education.

General Dentistry Services

General dentistry is a very extensive field. The services covered include:

  • Using the latest techniques, procedures, and equipment for the comprehensive examination of the head, neck, and oral cavity, the main purpose of which is to identify and diagnose oral issues and conditions that may lead to systemic disease. The same techniques are to be utilized for determining the state of oral health
  • The use of the latest and most advanced radiographic, computer-generated image and other methods of diagnosis for the identification of diseases linked or related to the teeth, as well as supporting bone and gingival tissues, and other components in the oral cavity, including the head and neck
  • Restoration and replacement of damaged teeth caused by decay, disease, or trauma, using advanced and most recent dental materials including but not limited to implants, crown, and bridges
  • Performing corrective surgery on the gums and providing support for the bones in the treatment of gum disease
  • Use of teeth extraction out of necessity with the help of the best anesthetic techniques
  • Eliminate the pain caused by oral disease, trauma, and other conditions with the use of prescriptive medicines for pain reduction and discomfort
  • Evaluation of the patient’s overall health, which literally includes the evaluation a comprehensive medical history
  • Provide proper instruction, tips, and professional advice on oral health care as well as preventive measures for the maintenance of healthy oral tissues and the successful prevention of oral disease

Dr. David Bordonaro, a dentist Allentown PA, states, “Patients should schedule a routine dental exam every 6 months. This allows dentists to keep an eye on any significant changes in a patient’s oral health as well as keep the teeth and gums cleaned. Home brushing and flossing is important, however, that alone is not enough to keep plaque from forming in the mouth.”

Cosmetic Dentistry Services

Cosmetic dentistry treatments and services on the other hand focus more on improving the look of the teeth. They include inlays/onlays, composite bonding, composite bonding, teeth whitening, dental veneers, dental implants, smile makeover, full mouth reconstruction, and some other methods. Inlays/onlays are popularly referred to as indirect fillings. They’re made from either porcelain or composite materials, providing long lasting “filling” to teeth suffering from tooth decay or related structural damages. Composite bonding on the other hand is intended to repair or correct teeth that have been broken, chipped, discolored, or decayed. A dental composite material resembling that of the original enamel will be applied either to the cavity or surface of the tooth. As the term suggests, teeth whitening services are meant to maintain the natural color of the teeth. It is without a doubt the most commonly availed cosmetic dentistry service. Teeth are going to be stained with the kind of lifestyle today, including that of smoking, drinking coffee, tea, and colored beverages, and poor oral hygiene. Meanwhile, dental veneers are composite or porcelain made laminates. Unlike composite bonding, they are adhesively bonded to the tooth surface for correcting and repairing chips and cracks. Finally, dental implants are probably the most complex of the services offered in cosmetic dentistry. They are artificial tooth root replacements intended to compensate for tooth loss.

orthodonticsOrthodontic Services

And then there’s the orthodontic service. Orthodontics is defined as a special field in dentistry focusing on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of irregularities of the teeth and face. An orthodontic treatment will correct the irregular bite or bad bite with the medical term “malocclusion.” Orthodontic services incorporate the use of appliances like braces and other removable ones. Appliances or devices in orthodontics serve the purpose of carrying out the services in the field like straightening the teeth, correcting an irregular bite, closing unsightly gaps in between teeth, aligning teeth and lips, and providing aid and support in cosmetic dentistry and implants. Lastly, orthodontics also help kids and young ones in obtaining ideal jaw growth and eruption of permanent tooth.