General Dentistry

What is a General Dentist?

Dental OfficeThe primary dental care provider field for patients of all generations is called general dentistry. Dentists will be able to treat you and your whole family and take general care over their oral health. This is a crucial aspect of maintaining good overall health. General Dentistry covers the responsibility for diagnosis, treatment and maintenance for all your oral health requirements. If you require specialist dental treatment, your general dentist may choose to work with other dentists to ensure that the care you need is performed properly and effectively.
So, what kind of procedures are provided by general dentists? The majority are highly skilled and educated professionals on all procedures.

Instead of a focus on a specialist area of dentistry, in general dentistry they’re able to provide a large selection of services for you and your family, including:

  • Crowns and Bridges
  • Cosmetic Procedures
  • Dentures
  • Dental Implants
  • Oral Surgery
  • Home Care Instruction
  • Gum Disease Treatment
  • Orthodontics
  • Mouth guards
  • Teeth Cleanings
  • Sealants¬†

And so much more.

Most dentists practicing in the United States are General Dentists. Three or more years of undergraduate college education degree, usually with an excellent science foundation, as well as four years of dental school are a requirement for becoming a dentist. After they’ve graduated, a dentist has to take an exam required by the state in which they practice.

All practicing general dentists have either earned a DMD degree or a DDS degree. DMD meaning Doctor of Dental Medicine, and DDS meaning Doctor of Dental Surgery. There’s no particular difference between the two, just that some schools will award one and another will award a different one. They’ve got the same education and curriculum requirements.