General dentistry refer to primary dental care providers who usually treat patients of any age. So not only can they treat you, they can treat your entire family to make sure that you all have good oral health. Your oral health is important to your overall health. Normally this type of dentist will be the one in charge of your diagnosis and treatment, and will also coordinate other services to ensure that all of your oral health needs are met. In case you require a special dental procedure, your dentist will work with other dental care providers in order to ensure that you receive the best care possible.
Where do these professionals practice?
Of the 143,000 dental care providers practicing in the US and Canada, a good majority are general dental professionals. These professionals could operate as partners or even become associates with other fellow dental professionals in their group Some general dentists are even found working on research programs, government health services, military, higher education and other corporations. In short, there are many openings for these dentistry professionals.
What are some of the procedures that general dentists can provide?
Most dental care professionals are highly trained on all matters relating to dental procedures. They do not specialize in a specific area of dentistry but instead offer a number of various services for you as well as your family.
The following are some of the services that you can expect dentist professionals to offer:
- Crowns and bridges
- Mouth guards
- Treatment of gum disease
- Dental implants
- Cosmetic dental procedures
- Oral surgery
- Homecare instruction
- Nutrition counseling
- Restorative care
- Tobacco cessation
- Teeth cleaning
- Root canal therapy
- Partial dentures
- TMD/TMJ therapy
What are the educational requirements of joining general dentistry?
Before becoming a general dental care provider, it’s important that a person gets a minimum of 3 years of university education or more. Upon graduation dentists cannot operate unless they pass the required licensure exams, and all states require dentists to be licensed before they can operate.