31 May
What does a dentist do?

There are many differennt types of dentist who all have the aim of looking after patients oral health;

General dentistry

This dentist performs many tasks in the aim of maintaining and prolonging good oral health, in order to do this check ups play a large role in helping dentists and patients monitor oral health and hygiene. During these check ups if an issue is discovered basic treatments can often be performed in the surgery such as filling a tooth, cleaning teeth or extracting a tooth. If an issue is too large to fix at that time the general dentist may refer to a specialist dentist. A dentist will encourage patients to practice good dental care by brushing and flossing and getting regular cleanings as these good habits can help prevent cavities and other tooth and gum diseases.


This dental specialty involves the treatment of the dental pulp (internal tissues of teeth) which is mostly made up of blood vessels and nerves. This work often includes procedures and examinations of the inner tooth. One example of a procedure by this type of dentist is a root canal treatement


A dentist in this field of dentistry works with predominantly the gums and tissues surrounding a tooth. They work to fix and support gum diseases and disorders


This specialty is involved with the aligning and straightening of the teeth and jaw. Common practices of an orthodontist is to fit braces and retainers. They also treat disorders of misaligned teeth as well as bone abnormalities around the mouth and jaw.


A prosthodontists work relates to cosmetic dentistry and the aesthetic of a patients teeth. This may include fitting implants such as false teeth, crowns and bridges, whitening teeth or other aesthetic needs.

All dentists provide a safe and supportive environment for their patients to be honest and feel comfortable during treatment.

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