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Can a dental assistant construc custom made restorative and dental appliances?

Can a dental assistant construc custom made restorative and dental appliances?

DA duties: The laws regarding what dental auxiliaries can and cannot do varies from state to state and is constantly changing. You can contact the state education professional licensing department in your state to know for sure what is legal and what is not. ...Read more

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Can/does a prosthodontist install individual dental crowns and replacements when they wear out?

Can/does a prosthodontist install individual dental crowns and replacements when they wear out?

Definetely,: By definition prosthodontists replace missing natural teeth with fixed or removable appliances, such as crowns, veneers, dentures, bridges, and implants. Prosthodontists receive three years of additional training and he/she is master of complete oral rehabilitation. ...Read more

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Dental experts! what is the difference between dental hygienist & orthodontic assistant?

Dental experts! what is the difference between dental hygienist & orthodontic assistant?

See below: A hygienist is trained to clean teeth. An assistant is trained to aid the dr in his/her treatment of the patient. ...Read more

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Could dental assistants place and grind permanent composite filling?

Could dental assistants place and grind permanent composite filling?

Maybe: Depends on the state your in and state regulations. Some states license dental assistants with extended functions. After a dentists prepares a tooth for a restoration this assistant can fill, polish, adjust bite and contour the restoration. ...Read more

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Is clinical dental hygiene or dental assistant a good career path?

Is clinical dental hygiene or dental assistant a good career path?

Yes, but ...: I am biased. Just like any career paths, you have to make sure it is what you enjoy doing. Usually we work 4 days/wk, so you will enjoy 3 days off. Dental hygienists will make more $, but they require more training. I would recommend observing or shadowing in dental offices before deciding on a career path. ...Read more

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How are dental assistant and dental hygenist different?

How are dental assistant and dental hygenist different?

Dental assistant: A dental hygienist must complete 2 years of training and receive a degree at a recognized dental hygiene school, which is often associated with a dental school. A dental assistant is not required to have training through a school or college, although it is recommended. Some dentists can train the assistant on their own, assuming they have time in a busy day. Continuing ed is a must for both. ...Read more

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Two implants were screwed into my jaw by periodontist. When osseointegrated, can a recent dental school grad usually be good enough to place crowns?

Two implants were screwed into my jaw by periodontist. When osseointegrated, can a recent dental school grad usually be good enough to place crowns?

Ask questions.: Assuming the provider has adequate training & experience, you should be fine. Ask all your questions and determine the best course for you to be comfortable . ...Read more

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Which is better for dental care: the philips sonicare or the oral-b professional care tooth brush?

Which is better for dental care: the philips sonicare or the oral-b professional care tooth brush?

No difference: Both brands are the market leaders and both have been around for more than 30 years and FDA approved. ...Read more

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How are dental hygenist and dental technician different?

How are dental hygenist and dental technician different?

Different focus: A dental hygienist has been trained and licensed to clean teeth and prevent dental disease. They work closely with the dentist treating patients to keep your teeth healthy. A dental technician works in a dental laboratory fabricating prosthetic teeth, crowns, bridges, dentures. Working on models they are focused on fabricating the devices we use to replace teeth. ...Read more

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Wear a 2 unit nesbit. Will abutted teeth move out of position when near future involves gum grafting of an abutted tooth (cannot wear nesbit)?

Wear a 2 unit nesbit. Will abutted teeth  move out of position when near future involves gum grafting of an abutted tooth (cannot wear nesbit)?

Nesbit: It is certainly possible for your teeth to shift when you do not wear this device. Will you be doing an implant to replace your missing tooth? Replacing your tooth would be better than wearing a nesbit. ...Read more

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Differences between a general dental assistant and an orthodontic assistant?

Differences between a general dental assistant and an orthodontic assistant?

Training: Dental and orthodontic assistants act as an extra pair of hands for the practitioner. Many tasks performed are the same, many differ. Depends on the needs of the practitioner. ...Read more

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Cosmetic dentistry & dental implant. Done by same dentists?

Cosmetic dentistry & dental implant. Done by same dentists?

Could be.: We like to think that all dentists are cosmetic dentists! cosmetic dentistry is not a speciality. Though some general dentists may place and restore dental implants, dental implants are often placed by specialists such as oral surgeons and periodontists. The general dentists or prosthodontist then places the crown on top of the implant. ...Read more

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What is the cost range for a dental implant ceramic fused-to high noble metal crown in your geographic area given by a general dentist to his patient?

What is the cost range for a dental implant ceramic fused-to high noble metal crown in your geographic area given by a general dentist to his patient?

Wrong question: Question should be, "Who can provide me with the best service?" Dental treatment is a service, not a commodity. It's not just what the Dentist can do for you today, but also the longevity of the treatment result. ...Read more

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How does a 2 unit dental acrylic nesbit differ in price from that of a removable partial denture with typical metal clasps across teeth? ADA codes?

How does a 2 unit dental acrylic nesbit differ in price from that of a removable partial denture with typical metal clasps across teeth? ADA codes?

Professional fees: They vary from office to office, so no concrete difference can be quoted. It may cost you a bit less for the unilateral RPD. ADA code for unilateral RPD is D5281, and for a RPD with metal substructure and claps for the mandible is D5214 ...Read more

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What is the difference between clinical dental hygienists and public dental hygienists?

What is the difference between clinical dental hygienists and public dental hygienists?

Location of practice: All dental hygienist are trained the same. Public health dental hygienists usually work in a clinic or health center funding with medicaid dollars. In some states they are permitted to work unsupervised by a dentist. ...Read more

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How come safety important when operating a dental xray equipment?

How come safety important when operating a dental xray equipment?

X-ray safety: No one, patient, doctor. Or staff should be exposed to unnecessarily ionizing radiation. There is a risk of it causing cancer. See: http://www.Cancer.Org/treatment/understandingyourdiagnosis/examsandtestdescriptions/imagingradiologytests/imaging-radiology-tests-rad-risk. ...Read more

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How willa dental implant work with braces?

How willa dental implant work with braces?

Must plan ahead!: If you are in need of dental implant treatment and orthodontics, you must plan ahead. Typically, orthodontics is nearly completed prior to implant placement as the implant cannot be moved orthodontically. Once you get to the last few months or in the "detailing" phase, you can usually have your implant placed so that your treatment is completed at about the same time as your orthodontics. ...Read more

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