The one healthcare provider you see more than any other throughout your life may very well be your general dentist. A general dentist can treat patients of all ages, and they’re qualified to perform procedures that address a wide array of oral diseases and dental problems.
A general dentist is your primary dental care provider. A general dentist diagnoses, treats, and manages your overall oral health care needs, focusing primarily on preventative care and treatment of issues relating to your teeth and gums.
According to the American Dental Association, 80% of the 202,000 dentists in the United States are general dentists.
All practicing general dentists have earned either a DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) degree from a school of dentistry. There is no difference between the two degrees or the curriculum requirements that dentists must meet — some schools simply award one degree, while other schools award the other.
Generally, three or more years of undergraduate education plus four years of dental school is required to become a general dentist. Additional post-graduate training is required to become a dental specialist.
Types of dental specialties include:
General dentists provide a wide array of services, including:
General dentists strive to make visits friendly, convenient, and comfortable. During a routine visit, the general dentist will conduct an oral health examination and may order dental X-rays. They’ll discuss any symptoms the patient may be experiencing, as well as findings from the examination.
If a dental problem is discovered, your general dentist will discuss treatment options. They’ll also provide you with information on how to maintain optimal oral health.
If it’s been six months (or more) since your last dental visit, or if you’re experiencing problems with your teeth, gums, mouth, or jaw, contact us today to book an appointment.