A Brief Look on Dentists

A dentist is one of the world’s most underrated medical professional. This is notwithstanding the fact that within the range of his medical profession there are some deadly and fatal illnesses that only he can discern and totally prevent sometimes.

This is over and above the typical work that he does for the community as mundane as easing the pain someone’s toothache, filling some tooth cavities, or perhaps doing some delicate operations like root canal.

Many Australians and other world citizens today enjoy excellent oral health and are keeping their natural teeth throughout their lives. But this is not the case for everyone in the world before, and sadly in some parts of the world today.

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What is a dentist really and what exactly does he do?


Essentially, a dentist is a medical professional, a doctor with one of the most specific specialties in his profession. He does diagnosis and treat oral problems with the patients’ teeth.

He also provides advice and instructions on taking care of the teeth and gums on diet issues that affects oral health. In reality, a dentist has so many other duties that some might be surprising to ordinary people.

Dental basic services

These are the basic services or basic dental procedures that most people know. This is a category of dental services in an open network of dental benefits contract.

Usually, these would include restoration dental fillings), surgery (tooth extractions) endodontics (root canal procedures), periodontal treatment (root planing and sealants.

On the other side, the basic dental procedures that are well-known are beyond preventative treatments. These would include cleanings and checkups, and some routine filling, dental crowns (classified as basic in some cases) inlays or onlays and dental bridges.

The oral health therapists do their practice in a lot of activities. These include periodontal therapy, routine dentistry (fillings and extractions), dental examinations, scaling and cleaning, teeth whitening, diet counseling, and personal home care recommendations.

Other requirements

Dentists wear masks, gloves, and safety glasses to protect themselves and their patients from infectious diseases. Their schedules sometimes vary. Some work evenings and weekends to meet their patients’ needs.

Many dentists work less than 40 hours a week, but there are some who considerably work more hours.

In the state where they work, dentists are expected to have their licenses. These licensure requirements vary by state. However, candidates usually must graduate from an accredited dental school and pass their respective written and practical exams.

Those who practice in a particular specialty must complete their post-doctoral training.

General duties

Dentists on a typical day have this list of duties that they do according to the needs of the patients. First, we all know that a dentist remove decay from teeth and fill the cavities.

If need be, he can repair the cracked or fractured teeth or maybe remove the teeth altogether. Depending on the condition, he shall be placing sealants or whitening agents on teeth.

He can administer anesthetics to keep the patient from feeling pain during procedures. In particular conditions, he can prescribe antibiotic or other medications, examine X-rays of teeth, gums, the jaw, and other nearby areas in order to diagnose problems.

He can make measurements for dental appliances, like dentures, to fit patient. On the side, he teaches the patients all about diets, flossing, the use of fluoride, and other important aspects of dental care.

Equipment and bookkeeping

Dentists also use a variety of equipment vital to his profession when needed. These include such machines and tools as X-ray machines, drills, mouth mirrors, probes, forceps, brushes and scalpels.

These days, they also use such complex machines like lasers, digital scanners and other computer technologies.

On the side, dentists in private practice oversee a variety of administrative tasks. These would include bookkeeping and some other jobs as buying equipment and supplies.

They also employ and supervise dental hygienists, dental assistants, dental laboratory technicians, and receptionists who all work in his clinic.

Other specialties

The majority of dentists Caloundra are actually general practitioners who know how to handle a variety of dental needs. The other dentists practice in any one of some 9 specialty areas in dentistry.

Most dentists are general practitioners and handle a variety of dental needs. Other dentists practice in 1 of 9 specialty areas:

The endodontists perform root-canal therapy, by which they remove the nerves and blood supply from injured or infected teeth.

The oral and maxillofacial radiologists diagnose diseases in the head and neck through the use of imaging technologies. These particular practitioners count a number of years before they are able to establish a reputation in the field.

The oral and maxillofacial surgeons operate on the mouth, jaws, teeth, gums, neck, and head. They perform procedures like surgically repairing a cleft lip and palate or removing impacted teeth.

Oral pathologists diagnose conditions in the mouth, like bumps or ulcers, and other oral diseases, such as cancer. The orthodontists work on straightening teeth by applying pressure to the teeth with braces or other appliances.

The pediatric dentists focus on dentistry for children and special-needs patients on a wide range of dental issues. The periodontists, on the other hand, specialize in treating the gums and bones that support the teeth.

The prosthodontists replace missing teeth with permanent fixtures. These would include crowns and bridges, or with some removable fixtures, like dentures. Some other dentists specialize in teaching or doing research in the ever-evolving medical dentistry.

Some dentists own their own businesses and work alone or with a small staff. Other dentists have partners in their practice, and some work for more established dentists as associate dentists in their clinics.


Dentists have one of the more demanding educational work compared to other professions to be able to become one. Dental schools requires applicants to complete certain science courses (biology and chemistry) before they can enter dental school.

 Typically, dentists must need at least a bachelor’s degree to enter dental programs. Majoring in sciences like biology, for instance, might increase one’s chances of being accepted. Every school has their own requirements.

The applicants usually take the Dental Admission Test and schools use these tests along with other factors (grade points, interviews, recommendations) to admit students into their programs.


All nine dental specialties require dentists to complete additional training before practicing that specialty. This is usually a 2- to 4-year residency in a program related to that specialty. General dentists do not need additional training after dental school.

Dentists who want to teach or do research full times usually spend an additional 2 to 5 years in advanced dental training. (Many practicing dentists also teach part time, including supervising students in dental school clinics.)

Dentists must be licensed in the state where they work. Most states require a dentist to have a degree from an accredited dental school and to pass the written and practical National Board Dental Examinations.

Those who want to practice in one of the nine specialties must also have a license in that specialty.

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