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Dentistry is defined 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; provided by a dentist, within the scope of his/her education, training and experience, in accordance with the ethics of the profession and applicable law. (According to the American Dental Association, adopted by the ADA House of Delegates in 1997)

A dentists suffix (DMD or DDS) indicates his/her degree. There is no difference between the two degrees; dentists who have a DMD or DDS have the same education. Universities have the prerogative to determine what degree is awarded. Both degrees use the same curriculum requirements set by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation. Generally, three or more years of undergraduate education plus four years of dental school is required to graduate and become a

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Types of Dentists

Not sure what kind of dentist you're looking for or if you need a specialists? Below are definitions to help you.

  • General Dentist - Provide a full range of services for the entire family.
  • Endodontist - Specialize in diseases of the tooth pulp, performing such services as root canals.
  • Oral Surgeon - Remove impacted teeth and repair fractures of the jaw and other damage to the bone structure around the mouth.
  • Orthodontist - Correct misaligned teeth and jaws, usually by applying braces.
  • Pediatric Dentist - Generally limit their practices to children and teenagers.
  •  Periodontist - Treat diseases of the gums.
  • Prosthodontist - Replacing missing natural teeth with bridges and dentures.
  • Public Health Dentist - Dentists concerned with preventing and controlling dental diseases and promoting dental health through organized community efforts.
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