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A dentist is what we call a professional practitioner of dentistry. Dentistry, is commonly known as the “practical application of knowledge of dental science (the science of placement, arrangement, function of teeth and their supporting bones and soft tissues) to human beings”. That being said, I’m sure you can see why in most countries; many years of training is required at an accredited university for one to become an actual dentist. Normally a dentist has studied between 4-8 years at their respected university and will also have a lot of practical experience working with actual patients. Often, they are accompanied by a more experienced dentist for auxiliary support.

There are nine different specialties that are branched out from dentistry which all require initial education after dental school. These are:

Dental Public Health – Which is the study of dental epidemiology and social health policies

Endodontics – Which is root canal therapy

Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology – Which is the study, diagnosis, and often the treatment of oral and maxillofacial related diseases

Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology – Which is the study and radiologic interpretation of oral and maxillofacial diseases

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery – Which is the extractions and facial surgery

Orthodontics – Which is straightening of teeth

Pedodontics – Which is pediatric dentistry for children

Periodontics – Which is treatment of gum disease

Prosthodontics – Which is the replacement of missing facial anatomy by prostheses such as dentures, bridges and implants

Visiting the Dentist is an un-nerving situation. Rest assured that if you are going to a qualified dentist, they have all the training that is required to perform what it is that you require. If you are still un-easy or having a problem choosing a dentist in your area, you might want to talk close friends and family that live around you to find out who has had good and bad experiences and where.

If you are still unsure about choosing the right practitioner or you’re looking for more information on the different dental professions, Dr. Cieplak’s staff is here to answer any questions and sway any concerns you might have about which practitioner is the best option for your needs. Call our office today or click the attached link to set up a consultation with Dr. Cieplak and his amazing staff at Cieplak Dental Excellence.

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