The Canadian Dental Association (CDA) defines dentistry as “the evaluation, diagnosis, prevention and/or treatment (nonsurgical, surgical or related procedures) of diseases, disorders and/or conditions of the oral cavity, maxillofacial area and/or the adjacent and associated structures and their impact on the human body.”
General dentists are highly educated and trained in all dental procedures. You might find that a dentist holds either a DDS (doctor of dental surgery) or a DMD (doctor of dental medicine). These two degrees indicate the same level of education and training (generally, three or more years of undergraduate education plus four years of dental school) and allow licensed individuals to practice the same scope of general dentistry. Dental specialties, such as orthodontics or periodontics, require additional post-graduate training. General dentists can provide the following services for you and your family:
General dentists are able to treat the whole family, with patients ranging from toddler age to seniors. They address overall oral health, diagnosing and treating oral disorders. They can also coordinate additional services to meet a patient’s oral health needs. For example, if surgery is needed, your general dentist can refer you to a specialist to get the care that you need. At Dental Health Centre, we have the distinction of being a multi-specialty practice, with a periodontist and denture specialist on our team.
In most cases, people visit general dentists to receive check-ups and teeth cleanings. During these general exams, the dentist can check for dental issues to determine whether further treatment is needed. In addition, general dentists, along with the hygienists and/or dental assistants they work with, can educate you on how to properly care for your teeth and oral health in general once you leave the dentist office.