What is a Dentist?
Dentists are doctors who, after earning a bachelor's degree, continue their educational persuit for four years of dental school to earn either a Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) or a Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree. Dentists wishing to practice one of the nine dental specialties must complete up to four extra years of training and education. In addtion to earning the education credentials a dentist much obtain a license by passing national written tests and a state or regional clinical licensing exam.
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More Than a Great Dentist
Dentists do a lot more than treat toothaches. Typically dentists lead a team of dental assistants, hygienists, technicians, and office staff. They stress preventive care for both children and adults. Many run a general dentistry practice that provides a variety of services for its patients, from filling cavities and removing wisdom teeth to cosmetic procedures typically not covered by insurance, such as placing dental veneers, thin shells that go over teeth to cover chips stains or gaps. As you can tell there is a lot going on in a dental office beyond the work a dentist performs.
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), Americans lose an estimated 164 million work hours annually due to oral disease. Children and adults see a general dentist for preventive and restorative care, such as cleanings, periodic X-rays, fillings, the treatment of dental injuries, teeth whitening, sealants and fluoride, crowns and root canals. These practitioners also can offer advice on treating medical conditions such as sleep apnea.
The ADA recognizes nine specialties of dentistry. If you're looking for advice on preventing dental problems, you might consult a community dental public health specialist. If you need a difficult root-canal therapy, you might see an endodontist, who will remove the nerves and blood supply from the affected tooth. For nonstandard imaging of the head and neck, you would see an oral and maxillofacial radiologist.
Dr. Daniels can guide you through a care plan that is best for you and your situation. He is well practiced in assisting patients of all ages increase their dental health and improve their smile. There is a reason why Dr. Daniels of Seven Oaks Family Dentistry is the most trusted dentist in Wesley Chapel, New Tampa, and beyond.