What Sets a General Dentist Apart from Other Dentists?

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It is not uncommon to come across general dentistry, endodontist, periodontist, prosthodontist and orthodontist services. These are all dental services, but there is a reason why they might be offered under different specialities.

For a dentist to specialise in a particular field of dentistry, it takes several years of undertaking a dental course and training. This means that it might be difficult to find a dental clinic that offers all kinds of dental treatments. If you do find such a clinic, it may mean that the dental clinic is shared by different dental specialists (endodontists, periodontists, prosthodontists and orthodontists).

What Are General Dentistry Services?

These are dental procedures that are considered least invasive and easy to carry out. They may include:

  • Dental examination and diagnosis
  • Dental cleaning services
  • Teeth whitening services through dental cleaning, bonding and application of teeth whitening gels
  • Tooth extraction that doesn't require surgery

From the services mentioned above, you can already see that general dentistry services are not complicated. They may not even take more than an hour.

Definitions of the Dental Specialists Mentioned Above

  • Endodontists – these are dentists who treat tooth decay that has led to the formation of deep holes in your teeth. They specialise in dental treatment like dental fillings and root canals.
  • Periodontists – these are dentists who treat gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontal disease. Some of them can also carry out dental implant surgery for those who have missing teeth.
  • Prosthodontists – these are dentists who treat missing teeth. They offer treatments like dentures, denture implants, dental implants and dental bridges.
  • Orthodontists – these are dentists who treat misaligned or crooked teeth. They offer treatments like dental braces and headgear.

Important Note

A general dentist can also be an endodontist, periodontist, prosthodontist or an orthodontist. What does this mean?

Most, if not all, dentists offer general dentist services — not because they are easy but because they are taught in the majority of dental courses and training. This means that even if you have enrolled in a dental course or training to specialise in endodontist, periodontist, prosthodontist or orthodontist dentistry, you will learn general dentistry services.

Dental patients who might require a root canal, braces, artificial teeth or gum disease treatment need to be examined and diagnosed. It is also not uncommon for a dentist to find that a tooth is too damaged to be salvaged and to recommend extraction. These are the general dentistry services mentioned above; they show you that dental specialists are also equipped to handle general dentistry services.

Keep in mind that you can also come across a general dentist who only offers general dentistry services. If you need specialised care, he or she may refer you to the right dental specialist.

To learn more about general dentistry services, contact a dentist.


17 February 2021

Dental Health: Not To Be Taken For Granted

As a retired dentist, I work with charities which visit developing countries and educate children about dental care. It gives me great satisfaction to revisit these communities and see how proud the children are of their efforts. I am acutely aware that good dental hygiene can help prevent a range of serious conditions when these children become older. I started this blog because it greatly distresses me that many people in Australia do not seem to care for their teeth as much as children in these poor communities. This is happening despite ready access to items like toothbrushes and toothpaste which are luxuries in the places I visit. It is my hope that this blog encourages you not to take dental health for granted. My greatest wish is that you can be as inspired as the children I see in my charity work. Please read on and enjoy.