Dentistry

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A dentist and her assistant treating a patient.

Dentistry is a specialty in medicine, which is practiced by a dentist. Dentists find out what's wrong, fix, and help prevent problems with teeth. A dentist has other people that help him with their job. Dental hygienists help people keep their teeth clean. A dental assistant helps the dentist when they are treating a patient. Dental surgeons will perform surgery to fix large or dangerous problems with people's teeth. There are also dentists called orthodontists, who can move people's teeth using braces. Dental surgeons and orthodontists are called specialists.

Dental specialties[change | change source]

  • Dental public health - The study of dental epidemiology and social health.
  • Endodontics - The study, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of the dental pulp.
  • Oral pathology - The study, diagnosis, and sometimes the treatment of oral and maxillofacial related diseases.
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology - The study and radiologic interpretation of oral and maxillofacial diseases.
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery - Tooth extractions, dental implants, and facial surgery.
  • Orthodontics - The straightening of teeth.
  • Periodontics - Dentists which specialize in the treatment of periodontal (gum) disease
  • Pediatric dentistry - Dentistry for children.
  • Prosthodontics - Dentures, bridges and the restoration of implants. Some prosthodontists train more in "oral and maxillofacial prosthodontics", to learn how to replace missing facial parts, such as ears, eyes, noses, etc.

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